The answer to this question varies widely depending on a number of factors. Some of the elements that determine an immigration lawyer’s fees for services to obtain a permanent resident card, commonly known as a green card, are “the experience, reputation, diligence, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the service and the skill, expertise, or efficiency of effort reflected in the actual providing of such services”. This language comes directly from Chapter Four of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar.
The law firm of Shane & Shane (“SS&B”) is a full-service immigration law firm. We pride ourselves in the expert preparation of the forms package required for the immigration benefit being sought, keeping the client electronically connected to their case file at all times, monitoring the case through the maze of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) filing process, and notifying the client of every step of progress along the way. Perhaps most importantly is the policy of SS&B to prepare each and every client for their USCIS examination well in advance of the examination, AND to attend the examination at USCIS with the client to ensure that the examiner follows the correct procedures outlined in the policy manual published by USCIS.
So, attorney fees for immigration services will vary from law firm to law firm. SS&B works on a guaranteed flat rate with no other hidden costs, for the services described above. The firm enters into a written retainer agreement with each client. The immigration legal services that will be provided, as well as the fees for those services are clearly and simply written in the retainer agreement and signed by the client and a law firm partner. Payment plans are available in most cases. The firm accepts credit cards, personal or bank checks, and cash payments.