• 17 October 2019

Is an Immigration Attorney Worth the Expense?

No great success is without some short-term cost. That includes attaining successful entrance into the United States as a lawful worker, businessman or immigrant.

Rarely does anyone achieve great success without the aid of others whose shared expertise helps them attain their goals. The more complicated the venture, the more likely that some skilled support will be necessary.

It is unthinkable, for instance, that an entrepreneur would attempt to establish a business today without some expert IT advice and support. It would, likewise, be impossible to create a successful, on-going enterprise without the aid of experienced business accountants, operations managers, or legal advisors.

Reasons for not hiring an U.S. Immigration Attorney

Immigration is a unique venture unto itself. For most people, it is a once-in-a-lifetime undertaking. Therefore, those who seek to immigrate are typically unaware of the details and depth of information required to succeed. Nor are they aware of the potential twists, turns, and disappointments that come when information is considered by the USCIS to be inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading.

The bottom line is that there is far too much at risk to try to cut corners by not hiring an Immigration Attorney. There are only two primary, underlying reasons why a petitioner for immigration would not hire a qualified, reputable attorney.

1. He thinks he is already the smartest person in the room. Choosing not to enlist the aid of an Immigration Attorney is proof that he is NOT, in fact, the smartest person in the room.
2. He thinks he can save money by not retaining an attorney when, in fact, he has not really counted the cost.


The costliest mistake of a petitioner

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics division of the U.S. Department of Labor, the average mean salary of general and operations managers ranges from $80,000 to $160,000. With a salary in that range at risk – meaning that if your immigration petition is denied, you will lose the job and, therefore, the income of that job – what would you be willing to pay an Immigration Attorney to help ensure your application’s success?

The average Immigration Attorney fees range from $5,000 to $10,000. Even at the high end, that’s only 10 percent of a $100,000 annual income.

Think of it this way. In order to save a meager $5K-$10K, choosing not to engage an Immigration Attorney is like placing everything you hope to gain at risk. Especially when the USCIS now has the authority to “outright deny any visa or green card application that is missing evidence or contains an error.” Applicants can no longer expect to have the opportunity to correct an error.

A single error now has the potential of “adding months or years of extra paperwork and thousands of dollars in additional fees.”

For individuals renewing their visas from inside the U.S., a single error can now set them up for immediate deportation once their current visa expires.

We encourage readers to consider the potential cost of a single error. When you think it through, the costliest mistake a petitioner can make is to make the mistake of failing to enlist the services of an expert Immigration Attorney.

Before you make the mistake of trying to immigrate without expert legal counsel, contact us at ACS Law Offices, Inc., for an initial consultation. Based on the relevant details of your case, we will help you determine the best course of action for you and your family.

Immigration Attorneys at ACS Law Firm, and our entire staff are prepared to assist in answering your questions about the rules relevant to your immigration plans. Should you choose to retain us, we will be at your service throughout the entire process.