Immigration Attorney Fees

On the chart below, you can see the estimated immigration attorney fees for the legal services my office provides.  This chart does not include application fees or petition processing fees, which the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services charges separately.  Please note that the USCIS has recently increased the filing fees.  The list of the new application and petition fees, which are effective December 23, 2016, are located at the following link.

To avoid complications with your immigration case, it is always advisable to hire a qualified immigration attorney at the very beginning, before you submit any forms to USCIS or a U.S. consulate office abroad.  If you decide to file an application or petition by yourself and such filing results in complications regarding your case, the fees below may not be applicable because the amount of work and the challenge the immigration attorney will face will most likely be increased.  Please note that in such cases the chances of obtaining a favorable decision from U.S. immigration services may be reduced as well.

Initial attorney fees should be paid upon signing a retainer agreement by the attorney and client.  Fees upon approval are paid immediately upon the USCIS grant of a favorable decision regarding the specific application or petition.  The attorney fees below are calculated based on the amount of work and number of hours that a qualified immigration attorney should spend on a typical case.  If the case involves more challenging and complicated issues than a typical case, the fees for legal assistance might vary.

Family-based Immigration

Application/Petition Type 
Initial Attorney Fees
Fees Due Upon Approval
I-130, Petition for Alien Relative $450 None
I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

I-131, Application for Travel Document

I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

$1,800 None
I-130, Petition for Alien Relative +

Consular Processing

$2,000 None
Consular Processing (After I-130) $1,800 None
K-1 (129F), Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)  + Consular Processing $1,800 None
K-3, Nonimmigrant Visa for a Spouse $1,800 None
K-3 (I-130 + I-129F + Consular Processing) $2,000 None
Advance Parole (I-131) $300 None
Re-entry Permit (I-131) $500 None
Work Permit (I-765) $300 None

 

Employment-based Non-immigrant Visas

Application/Petition Type
Initial Attorney Fees
Fees Due Upon Approval
H-1B, Skilled worker (new) $2,000 $2,000
H-1B Transfer, Extension and Amendment $900 $900
H-4 Dependent (With H-1B) $300 None
H-4 Dependent only $500 None
New L-1 Petition, Intracompany Transferee $2,500 $2,500
L-1 Extention Petition $2,000 $2,000
E-1 Petition,  E-1 Treaty Traders $2,500 $2,500
E-2 Petition, E-2 Treaty Investors $2,500 $2,500
E-3 Petition, Certain Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia $1,200 $1,200
J-1 Waiver $1,500 $1,500
Appeal for Denial of J-1 Waiver Through IGA $1,000 None
F-1 Petition, including F-1 and M-1 student visas $1,000 None
B-1/B-2, Visitor Visa Extension $300 None
O Petition,  Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement $2,500 $2,500
R-1 Petition, Temporary Nonimmigrant Religious Workers $2,000 $2,000

 

Business Immigration – Employment-based Green Cards

Application/Petition Type
Initial Attorney Fees
Fees Due Upon Approval
National Interest Waiver (NIW) $2,500 $2,500
NIW

I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

I-131, Application for Travel Document

I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

$3,500 $2,500
PERM (Labor Certification) only $2,000 $2,000
PERM

I-140

$3,000 $2000
PERM

I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

$4,000 $2,000
I-140

I-485

After PERM

$3,500

 

None
I-140

After PERM

$1,500 None
EB-1A $2,500 $2,000
EB-1, Green Card for Alien with Extraordinary Ability

I-485

I-131

I-765

$3,500 $2,000
EB-1 +NIW $3,500 $3,000
EB-5 (I526) (Direct Investment) $15,000 $5,000
EB-5 (I-526) (Regional Center) $10,000 $5,000
EB-5 (I-829) By Regional Center $7,000 None
EB-5 (I-829) By Direct Investment $10,000 None
Advance Parole (I-131) only $300 None
Re-entry Permit (I-131) $500 None
Working Permit (I-765) only $300 None
H-4 applying for employment authorization document $500 None
Consular Processing (employment-based) $1,800 None

 

Other Types of Immigration Benefits

Application/Petition Type
Initial Attorney Fees
Fees Due Upon Approval
U Visa: Victims of Criminal Activity: U Nonimmigrant Status $1,500 $1,500
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Battered Spouse, Children & Parents $2,000 $1,500
N-400, Application for Naturalization $800 None
I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal (Only Affirmative at USCIS)* $6,000 None

*Immigration attorney fees for legal assistance at the Immigration Court vary depending on the complexity of the case.

Should you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact me by submitting the form or by calling me at (917) 426-8227 or (248) 979-5390.  I accept clients from across the U.S. and around the world.  My law offices are conveniently located in Lower Manhattan, New York and in Troy, Michigan for in-person meetings.  For phone consultation, you can reach me from any part of the United States or abroad.