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    Cost for attorney of 601 waiver

    I contacted a lawyer recommended here for a 601-waiver and we were impressed with her but the fee seemed VERY high compared to quotes from other attorneys. While we want to pay for the best we don't want to get "taken"

    Anyone filed recently with an attorney mind sharing what they were charged?

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    Re: Cost for attorney of 601 waiver

    Every case is different. Some waivers are more complicated than others. Some lawyers will not only do the waiver, they want to do the entire case starting with the I-130 and won't break up the charges.

    So, even if folks post what they paid, it might not be a good way to compare. I'd suggest you consult with more than one attorney and see the price difference among them. We consulted with 3 attorneys before deciding.

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    How much?

    I have heard everything between $2000 and $10,000 which is a huge range!!!!

    I think if they want to do it for less, I'd be worried. I'd be worried they really aren't spending time on my waiver, but using their cookie cutter to make my case fill into their form that they have set up. I might be wrong but it is expensive to practice law: office, employees, life....
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    Average for non-complicated cases seems to be between $3000-$5000.

    Fees will probably be higher with complicated cases.

    Fees may be lower with newer attorneys or attorneys that are willing to review people's financial needs on a case-by-case level.

    Fees will probably be very high, even for non-complicated cases, with high profile immigration attorneys.

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    4000$ for me,,u just cant put price for 601 if i am aproved,i wanted to save some money and do it my self but i think is best to give to the lawyer at list at my case just to much things to mess up

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    I agree 100% that cases vary widely but hate going in blind LOL- we were quoted $8,000 (this is a non-hardship 601 waiver) and I do NOT mind paying for quality and I agree that an approval is priceless- I just don't want to agree to a fee (and hand over our hard earned cash) without a little bit of an idea of a range...I already did my homework on the lawyer and she is top notch (hence why we contacted her).

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    Cost for attorney of 601 waiver

    Quote Originally Posted by jessiealonzo View Post
    I agree 100% that cases vary widely but hate going in blind LOL- we were quoted $8,000 (this is a non-hardship 601 waiver) and I do NOT mind paying for quality and I agree that an approval is priceless- I just don't want to agree to a fee (and hand over our hard earned cash) without a little bit of an idea of a range...I already did my homework on the lawyer and she is top notch (hence why we contacted her).
    I think you are being smart, it's definitely good strategy to do the research before jumping into the relationship. Money is a big deal but you also want to think about how your case will be handled. You should ask the attorney what to expect in terms of contact and who you'll be interacting with (secretaries, paralegals, jr attorneys, or the main lawyer). Having expectations squared away is important and feeling comfortable with/having confidence in who you hire is crucial.

    Attorneys are expensive- most of us don't hire professionals on a regular basis and chances are your attorney makes more money than you do! That being said, it's an investment. Paying for two Un-knowledgeable lawyers or one crappy and one top flight may end up costing more than hiring the best to start out with!
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    Our former lawyer charged us $3500 for a provisional hardship waiver with no criminal history, only unlawful presence. We separated from her half way through the process, however, since she did not want to provide a copy of her brief that would accompany the application before submission. She required 50% payment at the beginning and the balance before filing; we only paid her 50% since she did not complete the application.
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    My friend family was charged $10,000.00 after extensive research, and its best to research, keep in mind cases differ and 601 waivers are no garantee
    so you have to focus on an atty thats knows all about waivers with successes in their pasts, also at the end you win some you lose some, please dont look for the
    lowest fees because you'll get what you pay for, choose who you feel right with and they have experience, stay positive, and pray good luck

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    We paid a bit less from the average but may be because the same attorney also did non-immigrant (aka d3) waiver. You definitely want to balance service fees with:
    - how good the attorney is (e.g., look for references, activity in immigration related forums, etc.)
    - communication with attorney (e.g., how long is the wait before attorney replies, how often you can ask questions, how often you're updated with ongoing progress, etc.)

    I would also suggest to do initial consultation. Most attorneys will adjust the cost of consultation if you hire them. If they ask relevant questions and give you a fair feedback then it's usually a good sign. Not required but if an attorney has gone through a similar process before becoming an attorney could be good (IMHO).

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