Professional business citizens of Canada and Mexico who perform professional assignments in the United States may apply for a TN visa under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Treaty. The TN visa is valid for three years with indefinite extensions. To qualify, the individual must be a citizen of Canada or Mexico, be working in the United States in a professional capacity, have a bachelor's degree or professional license, and seek temporary entry into the U.S.
The application process varies for citizens of Mexico and citizens of Canada, and other dual intent issues come into play. Also, there are certain professional work assignments under a TN visa that are subject to more scrutiny from immigration officials. Given that some applications for TN visa are reviewed more carefully than others, it is best to hire an a Corning Immigration Attorney who handles TN visas.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.
Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.
Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.
Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.
Plaintiff - a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.
Judgment - A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.
Lead Counsel's objective process independently verifies attorney records, conferring with state bars across the country and conducting annual reviews to confirm that the attorney practices in the legal categories as indicated, possesses a valid bar license, and is eligible to practice in the specific jurisdiction.