Frequently Asked Questions
Our legal fees are fixed amounts based on the type and complexity of the case. We provide a quote in advance for your approval. The services agreement will outline what is included and excluded. Costs for government filing fees, courier charges (FedEx, UPS, Express Mail), medical exams (for green card applications), translations of documents, academic or experience credentials evaluations, and related costs are in addition to the legal fees. We do not charge for long-distance phone calls, regular mail or photocopies.
Our legal fees are not contingent upon the outcome of the matter. We cannot guarantee that the government will approve any application or petition we submit.
We do not keep statistics on the percentages of our cases that the government approves. We are very selective in the cases we accept and carefully evaluate them to accept only the ones we believe have a strong likelihood of success. We are not in business simply to collect legal fees; rather, we are in business to help our clients achieve the results they desire. If we have concerns about the merits of a case, we will discuss this with you and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision whether to proceed.
Having an attorney does not make for special access or faster processing times. The government consistently and clearly states that it treats equally all persons requesting immigration benefits whether or not they have an attorney. Nonetheless, if you are not familiar with immigration laws, forms, and processes, having an attorney can help to make sure your case is prepared according to the requirements and submitted with the required materials to the correct office. Often, it’s a question of whether you want to do the research and handle it on your own or entrust your case to a professional who handles your type of case on a regular basis.
Immigration law is federal law. If the attorney is licensed to practice in any state or the District of Columbia and is in good standing in that jurisdiction, the attorney can represent immigration clients anywhere in the United States.