Who are the best immigration lawyers in DC?

Who are the best immigration lawyers in DC? The good news is that if you are in the Washington, DC area, you will have many good immigration lawyers in the area. This means that you will likely be able to find one that is a good match for you and your case. Because of how many different factors need to be considered in selecting the best immigration lawyers for your case, however, it isn’t possible to just provide a list of the best immigration lawyers in DC. The best immigration lawyer for your case may not be the best immigration lawyer for your friend’s case. 

What should you consider when looking for an immigration attorney? Among other things, you should consider the following five things:

Does the lawyer explain issues so that you can understand?

As you go through your immigration case, you will probably have questions for your immigration lawyer. Can the lawyer explain your options and the immigration issues involved in your case in a way that you can understand? Immigration issues are important and you’ll want to make sure that you can make well-informed decisions and understand all of your options.

One way that you can determine if the lawyer explains things in a way you understand is to ask the lawyer for a copy of any books or immigration information guides that the lawyer has written. You should request these materials before you meet with the lawyer. By reading these materials, you’ll get a good feel for how the lawyer explains things, how they approach immigration cases and whether you should go ahead and schedule a consultation appointment.

Immigration Practice Area

Immigration law is a very big field and not every lawyer will handle every type of case. For example, some lawyers only accept cases that involve employment-based immigration. Those lawyers may not be the best choice for your asylum case. Likewise, if you are interested in getting an immigrant visa for your spouse, you should focus your decision on whether you think the lawyer can represent you well in your immigrant visa application, not whether the lawyer handles immigration court cases.


You should also consider whether there is a good match between your personality and the lawyer’s personality. Many immigration cases can take months if not years to complete. With that in mind, shouldn’t you work with someone that you enjoy working with?


I recommend that you do not use cost as your primary decision tool. You shouldn’t just shop around for the least expensive attorney and the most expensive attorney may not always be the best one for your case. But, the reality is that you can’t just ignore the lawyer’s fee because you need to make sure that the fee fits within your budget.

When evaluating a lawyer’s fee, you should primarily consider the overall value that is being offered:

  • What is included with the fee?
  • Will you be charged extra for phone calls, online legal research or postage?
  • Will the lawyer attend your interview with you or will an additional fee be charged?
  • Will you be charged extra if the government requests additional information in your case?
  • Are you confident in the lawyer’s ability to represent you?

Membership in Professional Organizations

You should also find out if the attorney is a member of any immigration professional organizations. Because immigration law is constantly changing, it is important that you hire an immigration attorney who keeps up with the changes in the law. One of the best ways for a lawyer to do this is to join the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILA provides continuing education courses and daily information updates that help members stay up to date with new developments in immigration law. If your attorney is not a member of AILA, you should ask them what steps they take to keep up to date with changes in immigration law.


By considering the above factors, your personal preferences and the nature of your case, you should be able to come up with a list of DC immigration lawyers that should be included on your personal “best DC immigration lawyers” list by doing Internet research and checking with friends and family. Once you have that list, you can then begin the process of speaking to the lawyers so that you can make a final decision on who you would like to represent you.

Are you interested in finding out whether Schaefer Immigration and DC immigration lawyer Kimberley Schaefer would be a good match for your case? If so, I invite you to request a copy of my paperback book, Immigration Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make, or to download one of my immigration guides (fiance visa guide, immigrant visa guide, adjustment of status green card guide). These resources will let you learn more about me and how I help future Americans become citizens. If after reading the book and information guides you’d like to set up an appointment to discuss your case with me, please send me an email or call me at (202) 642-4529.

About Kimberley Schaefer

Kimberley Schaefer is an immigration lawyer with client meeting locations in Fairfax, Virginia, Reston, Virginia and Washington DC. She helps future Americans become citizens by assisting them with immigrant visas, fiance visas, adjustment of status and green card applications, applying for immigration waivers, fighting deportation and applying for asylum. To contact her, you can call (703) 424-2979 or send Kimberley an email now.


  1. Robert says:

    I imagine that immigration law can be quite tricky and complicated. The legalities of obtaining a United States citizenship have only gotten more perplexing I imagine since the terrorist attacks of September 11. If other laws got more strict since then, immigration requirements are sure to come with mountains of red tape. I remember you could rent a mailing address and not even have to provide an identification. Today, it is so much more exacting.

  2. Patricia says:

    Life was so much simpler fifteen years ago. Friends and member of my family used to come and go freely anytime they wanted to come from South America and into the u.S.. All they had to do is apply for a working or student VISA and bam, they would be approved for it within two to three weeks. That seems like a distant dream now. Now, a Visa seems nearly impossible to attain unless you have political connections.

  3. Raul says:

    I used to know a friend whose father worked in the U.S. consulate. He was of Egyptian decent and he attended college in Virginia on a student Visa. This was before the watershed events of September 11, when it was a much simpler time. He did of course remain in the United States and eventually made a life for himself working for his older brother who started a successful art dealership. Neither of them are citizens to this day.


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