What Can a Houston Immigration Lawyer Do for You?
An experienced immigration lawyer can provide you with services in connection with any of the many kinds of cases that arise in connection with immigration to the U.S. You may be interested in pursuing a work visa under the H1-B, F-1 or L-1 programs. Or you may wish to pursue a green card on the basis of marriage to a U.S. citizen. Or, you may wish to travel to the U.S. for a limited time for a business trip.
Pursuing a visa on whatever basis usually involves completing a form. In addition, documentation must be submitted along with the form to prove facts that qualify the applicant for the visa under the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). An experienced immigration lawyer can help a person complete the form correctly. They can also identify the supporting documents that must be submitted with it as well as how to obtain these documents.
How Much Does an Immigration Lawyer Cost?
The total cost of obtaining a visa or solving an immigration problem depends on many factors. Most experienced immigration lawyers will bill a client in one of two ways. They may charge an hourly fee which can range from as little as $100 an hour to as much as $500 dollars an hour depending on the lawyer.
If a lawyer charges an hourly fee, the lawyer keeps careful track of the amount of time they spend on your case and bill you for those hours at their hourly rate, usually on a monthly basis.
Another option is a flat fee for a defined service. In this arrangement, the lawyer simply charges a stated fee, such as $700 for filing a visa application.
In any event, you, the client, want to discuss the fee openly with your lawyer at the start of the relationship. It is best practice to put any fee agreement you have with your lawyer in writing.