If I wanted to get an immigration lawyer to help me fill out my green card application after marriage how much do I need to have money to pay the lawyer + the fees ?
if you are eligible for adjustment of status in United States without a waiver being required the CIS filing fees are $1490. Each attorney is permitted to set their own fee rate. Attorneys will determine their fee based on a number of factors. You will not obtain a fee quote through this type of forum. You should contact individual attorneys directly for a fee quote.
In general, legal fees for a marriage adjustment of status can range anywhere from $1,200 - $6,000. For a basic case you are likely be quoted fees on the low end. If there are complicating factors like criminal convictions, you are likely to see something on the high. Hourly rates range from $100 - $600 per hour depending on the lawyer.
Administration (copies and mailing) costs range from $100 - $250 depending on how much supporting evidence is included in the petition.
Government fees are $1,490 for a basic case.
However I would strongly caution you that the amount you are paying means nothing. Great lawyers are can be cheap and terrible lawyers can be very expensive. What's important is that you trust and get along with the lawyer you hire. If there are reviews of their work available or you know someone that has worked with a lawyer before, this can also give you some insight. To determine if a lawyer has been subject to discipline you can always view their profile on AVVO or check with the state Supreme Court where the attorney is licensed.
Attorneys offer different levels of service and expertise in any immigration case, so you could count on receiving a range of fee quotations in your search for a qualified representative. Filing fees, however, should be exactly $1490.00 including all necessary forms for an adjustment of status based on marriage.
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