Frequently Asked Questions
(Preguntas Frecuentes)

If you’re reading this, you probably know exactly what your immigration challenge is, and are searching for answers. You have questions about your case, and you want to know how an attorney can help and what to expect. That’s what a consultation with me, Boston immigration attorney Giselle M. Rodriguez, is for. Whether you are seeking citizenship, asylum, a visa, or need help correcting your paperwork or preparing for your USCIS interview, I can help. All you need to do is contact me to schedule a consultation. Before we talk, though, you may want to read the frequently asked questions on this page.

Why should I hire an immigration attorney to help me with my case?

An immigration attorney can help you get the best possible results for your immigration case. The legal immigration field is extremely complex and ever-evolving, and with the help of an immigration attorney you will likely feel more peace of mind and comfort.

How long will the immigration process take?

Every immigration case is different. An average marriage immigration case, for example, may take between 7 months (or in some cases less) to over 3 years to be finalized.

Would I need to disclose a criminal history?

Yes. It is necessary that your attorney knows about and understands your criminal history and immigration history in order to ensure the best possible representation and the best possible results.

Why should I apply for citizenship if I am currently a legal permanent resident (green card holder)?

Although applying for citizenship is a personal decision, a few of the benefits to a legal permanent resident of becoming a U.S. citizen are the following: Voting in federal elections, ability to travel without restrictions, possible citizenship for your children, protection against deportation, and the ability to work freely and without being limited by your green card status, among others.

What are the chances that my immigration petitions will be approved?

The odds of having your immigration petitions approved depends on numerous factors. One of the benefits of hiring an immigration attorney is to ensure that your legal immigration needs will be fulfilled in a timely, thorough and dedicated manner.

What options are available to me if I wanted to visit the United States on a temporary basis?

You will need a non-immigrant visa to visit the United States on a temporary basis. Common types of non-immigrant visas include tourist visas, business investor visas, and student visas.

Would you represent me during a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) interview?

Yes! My goal is to represent you throughout the USCIS interview process, which includes not only completing the immigration petitions and gathering evidence, but also the immigration interview. I will be by your side, as your advocate.

Are you available for a consultation on weekends?

Yes! I am available on weekends by appointment. I understand the needs of people who work during the week and I am therefore flexible.

How can I contact you to schedule a consultation?

You can contact me right here on my website. You will be asked to write your ‘Name,’ ‘Email,’ ‘Contact Number,’ and a brief description of your immigration situation. You can also call me at (617) 410-3760 to schedule your consultation. By the way, we can meet in-person or over Zoom.

Do you speak and write any other languages?

Yes! I am bilingual in English and Spanish.