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Attorney Fees and Filing Fees

Filing fees have recently been changed by the USCIS; the new fees are effective November 1, 2011.

Listed below is a table of fees which consist of Immigration Attorney fees and USCIS Filing Fees. Filing fees are charges that are set by the USCIS to cover, among other things, the cost of adjudicating immigration petitions and immigration applications. Immigration Attorney fees are the fees charged by the law firm for our professional immigration services. The initial attorney fee is due upon submission of your signed retainer agreement to us. The USCIS filing fee is due before the application is filed with the USCIS. Attorney Fees due upon approval (if applicable) are paid when a milestone in case processing is achieved, as stated in the retainer agreement. The varying fees range in price due to the complexity of issues or length of process time and work involved in each individual immigration petition. Keep in mind that these fees are estimates, and that fees may vary depending on the difficulty/simplicity and specific facts of each individual case.

We believe that each applicant deserves to know the costs involved in participating in the U.S. immigration process. Generally, there are three kinds of costs associated with filing an immigration petition:

  • Most applicants are concerned primarily with the monetary cost of filing a petition, specifically immigration attorney fees and USCIS filing fees. These are not insignificant costs, but they are well worth it for the benefits that living and working in America can provide. There are two other kinds of costs that are often overlooked but should be considered.
  • The second type of cost is the emotional cost, which may have a greater impact on your life than the financial outlay of a certain sum of money. The uncertainty of your non-immigrant status can make your life stressful. For example, an H-1B holder may always worry about the possibility of being laid off, which will place him/her out of status.
  • The third type of cost is opportunity cost, i.e. what opportunities were not pursued or taken due to your current non-immigrant status. For example, prior to obtaining a Green Card, you may have passed up other career opportunities and remained with your current employer in order to maintain your non-immigrant status.

By retaining experienced immigration lawyers to handle your case, you reduce the headache and uncertainty that can accompany the lawful immigration process. Our Attorney fees are competitive and reasonable, and the skill and experience of our immigration lawyers increases your chances of a successful application.

Employment-based immigration

Case Type

Filing Fees and Other Fees

Initial
Attorney's Fee

Fees due upon Approval

RFE (Audit) Response Fee

Link
to
Agreement

NIW

$580

$2,500

$2,500

$500

Agreement

NIW
I-485


I-131
I-765

$580
$1,070/personi

$2,500 +
$1,500/1 P
$1,800/2 P
$2,000/3 P

$2,500
None

NIW RFE Response: $ 500
I-485 RFE Response: N/A

Agreement
for One, Two, Three.

PERM (Labor Certification) only

None

$2,000

$2,000

$1,000

Agreement

PERM
I-140

None $2,000
$1,000
$2000
$500
PERM Audit Response Fee: $ 1,000
I-140 RFE Response: N/A
Agreement

PERM
I-140
I-485

None
$580
$1,070/personi

$2,000
$1,000
$1,500/1 P
$1,800/2 P
$2,000/3 P

$2,000
$500
None

PERM Audit Response Fee: $ 1,000
I-140, I-485 RFE Response: N/A

Agreement

I-140
I-485
After PERM

$580
$1,070/personi

$1,500
$1,500/1 P
$1,800/2 P
$2,000/3 P

None

N/A

Agreement

Note: For existing PERM clients only.

I-140
After PERM

$580

$1,500

None

N/A

Agreement

Note: For existing PERM clients only.

EB-1A

$580

$2,500

$2,500

$500

Agreement

EB-1A
I-485


I-131
I-765

$580
$1,070/personi

$2,500 +
$1,500/1 P
$1,800/2 P
$2,000/3 P

$2,500
None

EB-1A RFE Response: $ 500
I-485 RFE Response: N/A

Agreement
for One, Two, Three.

EB-1B

$580

$2,500

$2,500

$500

Agreement

EB-1B
I-485


I-131
I-765

$580
$1,070/personi

$2,500 +
$1,500/1 P
$1,800/2 P
$2,000/3 P

$2,500
None

EB-1B RFE Response: $ 500
I-485 RFE Response: N/A

Agreement
for One, Two, Three.

EB-1A+NIW

$1,160

$3,500

$3,500

$500 for each

Agreement

EB-1B+NIW

$1,160

$3,500

$3,500

$500 for each

Agreement

EB-1C

$580

$2,500

$2,500

$500

Agreement

EB-1C
I-485


I-131
I-765

$580
$1,070/personi

$2,500 +
$1,500/1 P
$1,800/2 P
$2,000/3 P

$2,500
None

EB-1C RFE Response: $ 500
I-485 RFE Response: N/A

Agreement
for One, Two, Three.

EB-1A+EB-1B

$1,160

$3,000

$3,000

$500 for each

Agreement

EB-1A+EB-1B
+NIW

$1,740

$4,000

$4,000

$500 for each

Agreement

I-485


I-131
I-765

$1,070/personi

$1,500/1 P
$1,800/2 P
$2,000/3 P

None

N/A

Agreement

EB-4 $ 405 $ 2,500 $ 2,500 $ 500 Agreement

EB-5 (I526)

$1,500

$8,000 +
$4,000 +
$8,000 +
$2,500 (see agreement for details)

None

N/A

Agreement

EB-5 (I526) (Regional Center Chosen)

$1,500

$6,250 +
$6,250 +
$2,500 (see agreement for details)

None

N/A

Agreement

EB-5 (I829)

$3,750

$6,000

$2,000

N/A

Agreement

Advance Parole (I-131) only

$360

$300/person

None

N/A

Agreement

Re-entry Permit (I-131)

$360 + 85v

$500/person

None

N/A

Agreement

Working Permit (I-765) only

$380/personvi

$300/person

None

N/A

Agreement

Consular Processing (employment-based)

$345/personii

$1,800/1 P
$2,500/2 P
$3,000/3 P

None

N/A

Agreement



Family-based immigration

Case Type

Filing Fees and Other Fees

Initial
Attorney's Fee

Fees due upon Approval

Total Attorney's Fees, Filing, and Other Fees

Link
to
Agreement

I-130

$420

$800/person

None

$1,220/person

Agreement

I-130+
I-485+
I-131+
I-765

$420 +
$1,070/personi

$2,300/person

None

$2,300/person +
Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

I-130+ Consular Processing

$420 +
$492/personiii

$2,300/person

None

$2,300/person +
Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

Consular Processing (family-based)

$492/personiv

$1,800/1 P
$2,500/2 P
$3,000/3 P

None

Attorney Fee +
Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

K-1 (129F)

$340

$1,000

None

$1,000 +
Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

K-1 (129F) + Consular Processing

$340 +
$492/personv

$1,800

None

$1,800 +
Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

K-3 (I-129F + Consular Processing)


$492/personv

$1,800

None

$1,800 +
Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

K-3 (I-130 + I-129F + Consular Processing)

$420+
$492/personv

$2,300

None

$2,300 +
Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

Advance Parole (I-131) only

$360

$300/person

None

$300/person + Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

Re-entry Permit (I-131)

$360 + 85iv

$500/person

None

$500/person +
Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

Working Permit (I-765) only

$380/personvi

$300/person

None

$300/person + Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement



Non-Immigrant Visas

Case Type

Filing Fees and Other Fees

Initial
Attorney's Fee

Fees due upon Approval

RFE Response Fee

Link
to
Agreement

H-1B (applicable to New H-1B, H-1B Transfer, H-1B Extension and H1B Amendment)

$325 +
$1,500vi +
$500(If Applicable)

$1,200

$1,200

$600

Agreement

Challenging H1B (applicable to New H-1B, H-1B Transfer and H-1B extension) $325 +
$1,500vi +
$500(If Applicable)
$1,500 $1,500 $1,000 Agreement

H-4 Dependent (With H-1B)

$290

$300

None

N/A

Agreement

H-4 Dependent only

$290

$500

None

N/A

Agreement

Regular L-1 Petition

$325 + $500

$2,500

$2,500

$1,000

Agreement

L-1 Petition (applicable to New L-1)

$325 + $500

$2,500

$2,500

$1,000

Agreement

L-1 Extention Petition $325 $2,000 $2,000 $1,000 Agreement

E-1 Petition

$325

$2,000

$2,000

$1,000

Agreement

E-2 Petition

$325

$2,000

$2,000

$1,000

Agreement

E-3 Petition

$325

$900

$900

$500

Agreement

Challenging E3 $325 $1,200 $1,200 $1,000 Agreement

J-1 Waiver Through IGA

Varies

$2,500

$2,500

$500

Agreement

Appeal for Denial J-1 Waiver Through IGA

Varies

$1,500

$1,500

$500

Agreement

J-1 Advisory Opinion

None

$500

None

N/A

Agreement

F-1 Petition (from J-1 Visa)

$290

$1,000

$1,000

N/A

Agreement

B-1 Extension

$290

$500

None

N/A

Agreement

B-2 Extension

$290

$500

None

N/A

Agreement

F-1 Petition

$290

$800 (excludes J-1 to F-1 status adjustment)

None

N/A

Agreement

O Petition

$325

$2,500

$2,500

$500

Agreement

R-1 Petition

I-129: $325

Consular Processing Fees: $190

$2,000 None

$500

Premium Processing(vii): $1225

Agreement
Application For Civil Surgeon Designation

None

$1,000 None

 

Agreement


Corporate Laws

Case Type

Filing Fees and Other Fees

Initial
Attorney's Fee

Fees due upon Approval

Total Attorney's Fees, Filing, and Other Fees

Link
to
Agreement

Company Registration

Varies

$800

None

$800 +
Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

Sales Tax Permit

None

$100

None

$100

 

Trademark Application (Actual Use)

$325

$1,200 per class; $1,000 each addt'l class

None

Varies

Agreement

Trademark Application (Intent to Use)

$325

$1,000 per class; $500 each addt'l class

None

Varies

Agreement

Trademark Application (Statement of Use)

$100

$400 per class; $200 each addt'l class

None

Varies

Agreement



Others

Case Type

Filing Fees and Other Fees

Initial
Attorney's Fee

Fees due upon Approval

Total Attorney's Fees, Filing, and Other Fees

Link
to
Agreement

Naturalization (N-400)

$680

$800/person

None

$1,480

Agreement

N-470

$330

$800

None

$1,130

Agreement

Third Country Visa -Full Service (One Day)

Varies

$2,000

If Not approved, we refund $500.00

$2,000 +Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

Third Country Visa -Full Service (Two Day)

Varies

$2,000

If Not approved, we refund $500.00

$2,000 +Applicable Filing Fees

Agreement

Asylee relative (I-730)

None

$300

$300

$600

 

Diversity Visa Lottery

None

$100

None

$100

 

Uncontested Divorce (No Children)

Varies

$500

None

$500+Filing Fees

 

Uncontested Divorce (With Children)

Varies

$800

None

$800+Filing Fees

 

Notarization for Foreign Use

Varies

$600

None

$600 + Filing Fees

 

Notarized Translation

None

$60/page

None

$60/page

 

Attorney Hourly Charge (Non-litigation)

None

$300-500/hour

None

$300-500/hour

Attorney Hourly Charge (Litigation)

None

$300-500/hour

None

$300-500/hour

 

Law Clerk Hourly Charge (Regular)

None

$100/hour

None

$100/hour

 

Law Clerk Hourly Charge (Expedited)

None

$120/hour

None

$120/hour

 

Note

  • I-485 Filing fee for child under fourteen (14) years old is $635.
  • Employment-Based Consular Processing filing fee is $405, and the mandatory security surcharge is $74. However, some employment-based applicants do need to file the “Affidavit of Support” and pay the review service fee of $88 if “a relative filed the immigrant visa petition or has a 5 percent or greater ownership interest in the business that filed the petition”.
  • Family-based Consular Processing filing fee is $330, and the mandatory security surcharge is $74. Most family-based applicants are required to pay an additional $88 for “Affidavit of Support Review” service if the affidavits are filed in the U.S.
  • $85 biometric fee for applicants ages 14 through 79.
  • $750 for employers with 1 to 25 full-time equivalent employees, unless exempt. $1,500 for employers with 26 or more full-time equivalent employees, unless exempt.
  • The cases contains fingerprint process have to pay the new fingerprint fee $70
  • $380 each person. (If I-485 was filed before July 30, 2007, then $380 filing fee is required. If I-485 was file after July 30, 2007, then no fee is required for I-765.) None = No filing fee or No attorney fees are due upon approval.
  • Only offered for petitioning employers whom have previously petitioned for R-1 or special immigrant workers and successfully underwent a site inspection by USCIS.

Please check with your attorney for fees not listed above.

 

Important Notice:

Fees listed above are subject to change without a notice. Moreover, they are for the majority cases in each category. An individual client may be charged at a higher fee, depending on the totality of the circumstances for the client. Law Firm and Attorneys have the discretion to charge a higher fee than the fee schedules listed above. Fees listed above do not include any personal appearances by lawyer at USCIS offices or any appeal to any administrative board or any judicial court.