The correct answer probably is 'unknown'.
$500 is a very fair amount to pay for protection from doing something foolish .. remember, they CAN ARREST YOU if they deny your application.
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My colleague is correct.
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In other words, you don't actually KNOW your place of entry. Seems to me that the answer is unknown.
The larger issue here is whether you should get help with the paperwork. I understand the problem of shelling out money -- especially if you don't have much. I also understand how it feels when all the attorneys just say, "come and see one of us." However, you are talking about your future in America here. You are talking about your work permit here. If you get your work permit, you'll be able to accept employment.
At the very least, try to find a nonprofit organization with competent people.
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