How Much Does an Immigration Lawyer Cost?


It’s natural to worry a great deal about the costs of an immigration lawyer. It’s one of the biggest fears that clients tend to bring to the table. 

Fortunately, the answer is: probably not as much as you think.

Understand Two Types of Immigration Costs

Keep in mind that there are two types of immigration costs.

The first are government filing fees. There is rarely any getting around these fees if you want to immigrate to the United States. There are instances when you can apply for a fee waiver.

Here, hiring an attorney can actually save you a great deal of money because if you file the wrong paperwork you might have to pay the fees all over again to file the right paperwork.

The second type of cost is the cost of an immigration attorney. Again, this usually proves to be an excellent investment because it spares you from the time and expense of correcting mistakes.

Attorneys Understand Your Concerns

We know that not everybody has the money to pay for start-to-finish immigration help.

That’s why we often will consult on a single issue or problem and can often do this in just a couple of hours, which can be less than $300 depending on that attorney’s specific hourly rate. 

There are often times when many immigration attorneys offer flat fees on specific services to keep the costs low, ensuring that you don’t have to worry about paying for more attorney hours than you have to. 

Of course, every case is different. There may be times where you really need  to be ready to pay higher legal fees because there are problems with your case that will take a lot  more time and effort to address. If that’s the case you will get an excellent idea of what to expect before you retain the attorney.

Immigration is Hard

While it would be wrong to say that nobody has ever managed to immigrate on their own, successfully, without the help of a lawyer, it is fair to say that the Trump Administration complicated immigration to an incredible degree and that it will take the Biden Administration awhile to sort everything out.

There are still denials and requests for evidence happening, immigration continues to change daily and most people are going to struggle to get it right. 

If you get it wrong, it may be harder and more expensive to correct your situation after a misstep. This alone may be a good reason to go ahead and call an immigration attorney to find out what you’re actually looking at in terms of costs.

Ultimately, it’s your decision. But if you want to immigrate to the United States, an attorney can smooth your path and help you overcome expensive roadblocks. Ultimately, your dreams may be worth the cost.

See also:

In the News: Biden Plan for Immigration

5 Steps to a Smoother Immigration Process

New Immigration Fees Philadelphia Immigrants Should Know About

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