If you are thinking about emigrating to the United States from a Spanish-speaking country, or if you live in the United States but are going through immigration-related issues, you might be thinking about hiring an immigration lawyer. There are a lot of attorneys out there who provide legal assistance for clients who are going through immigration issues, but not all of them are created equally. For example, along with looking at other factors (such as the amount of experience that the attorney has and how helpful he or she seems during the initial consultation), you will also want to look for someone who speaks fluent Spanish. These are a few reasons why.

1. Improve Communication

Obviously, one of the first benefits of working with an immigration attorney who speaks fluent Spanish is the fact that you can improve communication. It might not always be possible to have a translator present, and it can also be better to be able to talk to your lawyer without having a go-between to communicate through. Having an attorney who speaks fluent Spanish can help you feel more comfortable and can help prevent you from being confused during this critical time.

2. Save Money

Did you know that you may be able to save money by hiring an attorney who speaks Spanish? Then, you don't have to worry about hiring your own translator, nor do you have to worry about paying higher attorney fees so that the lawyer can pay his or her in-office translator. Since immigration issues can be costly enough as it is, it's great to be able to cut costs when you can.

3. Work With Someone Who Understands Your Culture

Many attorneys who speak Spanish are either natural-born Spanish speakers themselves or have learned about the culture in Spanish-speaking countries while learning the language. Working with an attorney who has an understanding of your culture can be beneficial since it can allow you to work with an attorney who understands where you are coming from and what you have dealt with in the past.

As you can see, if you are shopping around for an immigration lawyer, it is a good idea to look for an attorney who speaks Spanish. Even though many offices have in-office  translators or bilingual employees, it's best to ask if your lawyer himself or herself speaks the language. If he or she does, you may be able to enjoy these three benefits.