The topic of immigration has been up for debate for the past two decades due to the rise in refugees and people immigrating to more developed countries. Some countries have been open with their borders and others have shut theirs out of fear of “bad immigrants” ruining their country. We often don’t consider why these people are immigrating, yes, some of them are immigrating for a better life and better opportunities, and others are immigrating because they want to flee the harsh circumstances of their home country be it war, famine, gang violence, and so on. These people are leaving behind a life of familiarity, their families, jobs, and loved ones for a chance at a better life, and they deserve to be shown more compassion. On top of that, they have to pay a lot of money to complete the immigration process. An immigration lawyer is not necessary, but people that cannot speak or read the language, are not familiar with the steps of immigration, etc., do need them, and this is where the cost of an immigration attorney comes in, and we will be breaking this down further below:
- Some immigration attorneys charge by the hour, and this is a good option for people that want their attorney to be present during court proceedings, or need assistance with paperwork.
- Some attorneys offer a flat fee that will cover a variety of services at once. This is offered in situations where the attorney can estimate how much time and work needs to go into a certain case. However, the risk with a flat fee is that you will have to pay the full fee to the attorney regardless of whether your case gets approved or dismissed.
- Some attorneys only offer partial representation, and in this case, you handle most of the paperwork and filing yourself and only have the attorney do the final checking. This tends to cost less and is a good option for people that are educated, and can read and speak the language.