1. What to do?
Despite noble attempts by the Government to streamline immigration application procedures, through electronic filing and the INFOPASS system, it is still quite confusing and tricky to navigate. Retaining the services of an immigration lawyer will ensure that you are apprised of all your legal options and properly advised on the best course of action to take to protect and preserve your rights.
2. It's not just Forms
People sometimes have the misconception that immigration applications are just about filling out forms or that a "paralegal" can handle your case. Truth is, it takes more than a diligent clerk to complete immigration forms. To avoid an outright rejection of an application for failing to comply with BCIS requirements and also to avoid unnecessary delays in processing, it will be best to hire a competent immigration lawyer to assist you.
Immigration Lawyers are seasoned professionals trained to be objective. The best ones here are members of the State Bar of California and are Certified Specialists in Immigration and Nationality Law. Hence, they have a better picture of a client's case because they can see the case from a less clouded viewpoint, unlike if you are handling your own case.
4. For your peace of mind
If you could put a price on peace of mind, then it is well worth the purchase. Professionals do that. Sometimes there is nothing that can be done for you. Wouldn't you rather have a lawyer be honest and tell that to you than hire someone who just tells you what you want to hear in order to get your money?
Hiring a "paralegal" to do your case in order to save money will end up costing you more in the end.
You came here to make a better life for yourself and your family. Does it make sense to cut corners now and risk losing everything you have worked so hard to achieve?
5. It is your future, why risk it?
And if this is not the most important reason to hire an immigration lawyer, I don't know what is.