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    Hello! My topic might sound ridiculous on a site dedicated to finding professional legal advice, but I would still like to post a question, if I may. I am considering filing for a green card (I'm on a P1 visa at the moment). My immigration attorney wants around $5,000.00 to prepare the case (employment-based, "alien of extraordinary ability") – besides government filing fees and doctor fees. I can't afford that, so I've been entertaining the notion of filing it on my own. All forms are downloadable from uscis.gov, the kind of materials she would need I'll have to collect by myself anyway... If I tried filing on my own, I would only pay the government fees. Not the same peace of mind, of course, but I just don't have $5,000.00... Also I could do it in stages – first I-140, then I-485, then I-765 or I-131... I guess the question becomes – if my application was to be denied, would that complicate my P1 extension of stay renewal next year (or visa issuance if I should leave the country)? Are there any additional resources to help me file on my own? Or any other, more affordable options of getting professional help? Thank you!

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    Hello! My topic might sound ridiculous on a site dedicated to finding professional legal advice, but I would still like to post a question, if I may. I am considering filing for a green card (I'm on a P1 visa at the moment). My immigration attorney wants around $5,000.00 to prepare the case (employment-based, "alien of extraordinary ability") – besides government filing fees and doctor fees. I can't afford that, so I've been entertaining the notion of filing it on my own. All forms are downloadable from uscis.gov, the kind of materials she would need I'll have to collect by myself anyway... If I tried filing on my own, I would only pay the government fees. Not the same peace of mind, of course, but I just don't have $5,000.00... Also I could do it in stages – first I-140, then I-485, then I-765 or I-131... I guess the question becomes – if my application was to be denied, would that complicate my P1 extension of stay renewal next year (or visa issuance if I should leave the country)? Are there any additional resources to help me file on my own? Or any other, more affordable options of getting professional help? Thank you!

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    • #3
      first, if you cannot afford $5000, you must not be an alien of extraordinary whatever, so we'll assume that you and some dirtbag attorney are going to manufacture 'evidence' to make it look like you are. Then the folks at BCIS deny your application....then the attorney wants $5000 more to file a motion to reconsider....as you can see, only an ethically challenged immigration attorney (a requirement in order to become one) will take the case and the cash and make up a bunch of baloney.
      Sounds like you are a roadie or a gofer or some low level singer who thinks he/she is extraordinary.

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      • #4
        Wow. Don't you have something to say. I'm surprised your reply hasn't been filtered out as offensive. Well, I suppose that a Grammy nomination and an episode of 60 Minutes about me don't make me the least bit extraordinary, whereas having a spare $5000 would... I'm sorry I've ever posted here.

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        • #5
          so why don't you have 5 grand?

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          • #6
            ANOTHER LYING FASCIST CAUGHT RED-HANDED !!!

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            • #7
              EB1 procedures and forms should be simple enough to navigate through, but since yours is a case that also involves current status, it's always wise to consult an atorney to ask if there could be any impact. This would not necessarily require that you engage the attorney to file for you, but to ask the "what ifs".
              The above is simply an opinion. Your mileage may vary. For immigration issues, please consult an immigration attorney.

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              • #8
                WHAT KIND OD GRAMMY NOMINEE COMPLAINS OF NOT HAVING $5K TO FILE AN IMMIGRANT APPLICATION?

                THESE ARE LYING FASCISTS, I TELL YOU !!!

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                • #9
                  I'm shocked that anyone would ask a question here at all after they've looked over the posts. Some of you are vicious unhappy people who need to find constructive things to do with yourselves. Don't you know what bitterness does to your health?

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                  • #10
                    THIS FORUM IS ALL FASCIST DOMINATED !!!

                    FOR REAL IMMIGRATION INFO AND HELP VISIT:

                    WWW.IMMIGRATION.COM AND RESPECTIVE FORUM !!!

                    GOOD LUCK !!!

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                    • #11
                      Was also curious as to why he/she wouldn't have 5k either. Applying for the EB1(a), you should have some $$$, otherwise how could you lead up to that visa. Also, immigration is looking for awards not nominations. The 60 minutes would help your case, but won't make your case. Also, you could use the sales numbers of your "a l b u m s" to help (but not make) your case, as long as it is substantial. Theres alot of other things you need though.

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                      • #12
                        Why anyone asks a real question on this site is beyond me.
                        Asking someone why they don't have $5000 is a dumb none of your business question. Although it seems that these negative posters have millions just sitting in the bank - but none of them have ever been anywhere or done anything. For some of them a trip to the bathroom is the experience of a lifetime.

                        As with all applications, if civ2ru does the research and has all the documentation in place - he/she can apply without a lawyer. He/she could also find a different lawyer who would take payments or consult on the applcation and come in if needed.

                        And to all you negatives - Immigration decides not you!

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                        • #13
                          A question was asked, an opinion was given. I've been through (and received) the EB1 visa (for business). The requirements are the same. I paid 16k for my lawyer for this visa and green card. If this person is only being charged 5k, sounds like a good deal (maybe too good to be true) Long as this person checks out this lawyer before signing on the dotted line....all good, but he/she will need alot more evidence than just a nomination (which is useless) and a spot on 60 min.

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                          • #14
                            dear dragonlady: who the eff made you Queen of ilw.com? I'll ask any question I wish, with or without your 'blessing.'
                            If this clown is trying to claim EB1 status and can't scrape up 5G's, well, either he is a nobody or the money is going up his nose - in either case, who needs him?
                            And only an ethically challenged immigration attorney would take such a case, and then try to fabricate phony supporting evidence....
                            oh, oops, gosh, dragonlady, I forgot to say "mother, may I?"

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                            • #15
                              Okay. It is rude to ask someone why they cannot afford something and to assume "they must be able to" when you have no idea of their circumstances. Questioning their financial resources had nothing to do with the question.

                              There is a house for sale on the island - only 3.6 million - can you afford to buy it? Well, why the **** not? Are you putting all your money up your ?????

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