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    Hi there, just a simple question. I recently got back from America where I was offered a sponsorship, but with all the complications with the procedure I think it would be in my best interest to find a lawyer when I go back on another waiver, my future employer also agrees this would be a good idea.

    My question is this..... I have no idea how much an immigration lawyer will cost. How much did you pay for yours ? I know the prices will vary but I just need a rough estimate....right now I am flat broke and I am looking for ways to be able to afford a plane ticket back. I will be looking for a lawyer in North Georgia, just incase anyone knows of any.

    Thanks for listening.

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    Hi there, just a simple question. I recently got back from America where I was offered a sponsorship, but with all the complications with the procedure I think it would be in my best interest to find a lawyer when I go back on another waiver, my future employer also agrees this would be a good idea.

    My question is this..... I have no idea how much an immigration lawyer will cost. How much did you pay for yours ? I know the prices will vary but I just need a rough estimate....right now I am flat broke and I am looking for ways to be able to afford a plane ticket back. I will be looking for a lawyer in North Georgia, just incase anyone knows of any.

    Thanks for listening.

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    • #3
      the cost depends on what visa type you want to apply for.
      and almost every lawyer will offer a first consultation for free (some over the phone or by email also).
      also every lawyer will give you an estimate of the cost and - usually - a payment plan.
      you can find a lawyer over the search function here on ilw.com,
      Sabine

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      • #4
        Thanks Sabine....I'm thinking of going for the I-140, but with it taking so long to be processed I am trying to see if I qualify for an I-129, while thats goes through, but my employer does not qualify for the filing fee exemtion I-129(w) so I am looking into qualifying for a H-3 trainee visa.

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        • #5
          Hi,
          I was very fortunate for the company to pay for my visa, but I remember that a visa didn't cost that much. It was of course in 1991. I believe it was a couple of 100 us dollars. As for the greencard depending I was sponsored but paid for it and the total was 5000 us dollars in 1995.

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          • #6
            Well if your trying to get a H1-B visa, well the INS fee are $1130. I would definately recommend an immigration attorney, and of course they are expensive! As on top of INS fees, the attorney may charge you a further $1000 plus any other expenses, such as federal express etc, etc. But the choice is up to you.

            Good luck.

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            • #7
              The most important thing when dealing with lawyers is to understand what you are getting yourself into. By that I mean don't be afraid to ask A LOT OF QUESTIONS about anything and everything about your case, especially when it comes to their fees!
              I exhausted my lawyer pretty much until he was blue in the face, but he took it well and understood simply because he needs me as much as I need him.
              If costs are a problem, lawyers will generally work a payment plan. Remember this: YOU are doing the hiring, not the lawyer. Stay away from a lawyer if all they want to talk about is money! Good Luck.

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