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How Much Should I Budget for Immigration Lawyer Fees?

 Immigration Lawyer Fees

Got your heart set on immigrating, but aren’t sure how much to budget for immigration lawyer fees? For immigration programs such as Express Entry, hiring an immigration lawyer isn’t absolutely essential, but it can be beneficial if you’re unsure of how to proceed or want to increase your chances of success.

To help you get a better idea of how to budget, and to stop you from overpaying for immigration services, we’ve put together the following guide.

How Do Immigration Lawyer Fees Work?

Immigration lawyers usually work on a flat or fixed-fee basis, however, some also work on hourly rates. If you’re being charged a flat fee, you basically enter into an agreement to pay a fixed amount of money for an attorney to represent you regarding a particular immigration issue. This could be anything from gaining a petition for a H-1B visa, or to help with a labor certification application. The main advantage of a fixed fee is that you’re fully aware of your legal fees from the outset.

What Factors Can Affect Your Fee?

Immigration lawyer fees can fluctuate widely. According to Peng & Weber: “Several factors determine the appropriate fee, including the complexity of the case, and the attorney’s experience and reputation. The more difficult the case, the more time an attorney would have to spend on it.”

Experience is another big factor. For instance, you’ll probably pay more for an attorney with 20 years of experience under his belt compared to a rookie fresh from law school.

What’s the Difference Between Fees and Costs?

A fee is the amount you pay for legal services while costs cover things such as filing fees that are often charged by the US Immigration Service, as well as long-distance charges, photocopying, express mail etc.

Choosing the Right Immigration Lawyer for You

It’s a good idea to meet with at least two or three immigration lawyers so you can get a better idea of the types of fees and costs you can reasonably expect to pay. If you notice a large jump between the different fees quoted, be wary and carry out background checks before settling on an immigration lawyer. In the end, your immigration lawyer fees will largely depend on your personal circumstances.

Are You in Need of an Immigration Lawyer?

The immigration application process can be very difficult. These days, the rules and regulations make it increasingly difficult to qualify for a visa. Therefore, if you’re interested in immigrating to a different country, it is essential that your application is handled properly from start to finish.

If you want to increase your chances of getting a visa, you should hire an experienced immigration lawyer. At Visaplace, we have been in the business long enough to know what to do to increase your chances of success.

To get started, please fill out our free online immigration assessment form today!

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

8 thoughts on “How Much Should I Budget for Immigration Lawyer Fees?

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  2. Joel

    Hello, I am currently a Masters In engineering student, lived in Canada for 7 years now and hope to get a post grad work permit when am done next year, I am getting married to a Canadian, and we having a baby; with these strong times to Canada, what is my best and shortest option to apply for a PR. I was thinking of sponsorship, but can I still apply for my Post grad work permit and work in my field, while been sponsored? please advice.

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

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  3. Keyvan Ramian

    I am an Iranian , I am 60 and my wife is 57. W have valid F2 visa for this year. How can help us for get citizenship of U.S.
    If there is any way please let me know.

    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hi Keyvan,

      Thank you for your inquiry. I can surely discuss what options are available to you and advise you on what would be best for you and your spouse, but in order for me to do so I must first gather more details about you. Kindly complete this form for me Keyvan, as it will give me all the information I need to explore what avenues are feasible for you both. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

  4. Mira Freiwat

    Hello Charles,

    Thank you for your post. I am sorry that you did not feel as though the article above provided you with the answers you were looking for. You need to keep in mind that it is difficult to gauge the amount in an article or when speaking generally as it varies depending on the service that the applicant is looking for. If you would like, you can advise me of what your situation is and I will do my best to provide you with a figure that you can work with. MF

  5. Charles

    So what we have here is an article that doesn’t address the question. No ballpark range, examples or nothing. No hard number here, useless blog article.


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