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We currently have a lawyer that helped us get the I130 together and sent in. I'm really trying to figure out if how much he is charging for the I601a is a decent price. Can anyone give me some info on your situation? Anyone doing this part without a lawyer?

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Waivers forum.


Our journey:

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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What is/are the extreme hardship(s)? I think that would be the best starting place to get useful feedback. No 2 waivers are the same as they are unique to one's circumstances.

 

It likely would have been better to do the I-130 yourself and save the money for the waiver. Waivers are a combination of the circumstances and presentation of those circumstances, whereas the I-130 is fairly basic paperwork and filling in forms.


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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9 minutes ago, geowrian said:

What is/are the extreme hardship(s)? I think that would be the best starting place to get useful feedback. No 2 waivers are the same as they are unique to one's circumstances.

 

It likely would have been better to do the I-130 yourself and save the money for the waiver. Waivers are a combination of the circumstances and presentation of those circumstances, whereas the I-130 is fairly basic paperwork and filling in forms.

Yea im seeing that we should of done it that way. I guess i was just trying to see if our lawyer is charging us a absurd amount to do the waiver. Like $7000.

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Just now, JuanandTosha0402 said:

Yea im seeing that we should of done it that way. I guess i was just trying to see if our lawyer is charging us a absurd amount to do the waiver. Like $7000.

It depends on how much work they have to put into it, but $7000 sounds pretty excessive to me offhand. More than a couple thousand dollars is probably excessive, but hopefully others with recent experience can chime in.


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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36 minutes ago, JuanandTosha0402 said:

Yea im seeing that we should of done it that way. I guess i was just trying to see if our lawyer is charging us a absurd amount to do the waiver. Like $7000.

It is on the high side but it’s not insanely high. I’ve seen prices from $2-3000 to $7-8000. If it’s $7,000 it’s better a very well-know lawyer in.  If city with many many proven successful cases

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Me personally I will not advice you to get a lawyer I did mines in 2017 without a lawyer and I got approved within 4-5 month. I went on to secure an interview date and by the grace of the lord Jesus Christ I got my green card . Don’t pay any lawyer , hardship letter is a personal experience that family goes though each day just present that on papers with evidence and allow God to do the rest . Thank you 

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As others have mentioned, it depends a lot on your current situation. If you have a clear extreme hardship, such as physical disability, health, or economical, then you may be okay without a lawyer. If not, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer.

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On 3/20/2019 at 7:57 PM, JuanandTosha0402 said:

We currently have a lawyer that helped us get the I130 together and sent in. I'm really trying to figure out if how much he is charging for the I601a is a decent price. Can anyone give me some info on your situation? Anyone doing this part without a lawyer?

$9000 all together for I 601A and I130, with all the fees... amd I just got RFE on our Waiver:(

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Hi, I did not get a lawyer for any of the process for my husband's green card.  Today I received the approval of his waver.  I wrote it myself and just made sure to get others to read for me for proof reading and grammar.  I did not pay anyone a cent only the application fees. I sent all the proof that I could from my bills to tons of pictures. Letters from my children and family members, people from the community and my job.  I did not have any medical or any grave conditions.  I wrote the hardship letter from my heart and detailed everything we have been through and detailing the reason why it was not good for us to go to Ecuador and sent proof of all the corruption of the politics, the kidnappings to US citizens. I also stated health and medical insurance and the lack of it in Ecuador. Education and how bad it is for my children.  I detailed everything with facts and sent proof.  Things I googled and sent. One time sent and we got approved.

 

Hope this helps.  Look for sample letters here of people who have been approved.  that helped me a lot.

good luck.

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28 minutes ago, Neni315 said:

Hi, I did not get a lawyer for any of the process for my husband's green card.  Today I received the approval of his waver.  I wrote it myself and just made sure to get others to read for me for proof reading and grammar.  I did not pay anyone a cent only the application fees. I sent all the proof that I could from my bills to tons of pictures. Letters from my children and family members, people from the community and my job.  I did not have any medical or any grave conditions.  I wrote the hardship letter from my heart and detailed everything we have been through and detailing the reason why it was not good for us to go to Ecuador and sent proof of all the corruption of the politics, the kidnappings to US citizens. I also stated health and medical insurance and the lack of it in Ecuador. Education and how bad it is for my children.  I detailed everything with facts and sent proof.  Things I googled and sent. One time sent and we got approved.

 

Hope this helps.  Look for sample letters here of people who have been approved.  that helped me a lot.

good luck.

Congratulations and best of luck to you guys at the interview phase! I kind of regret getting a lawyer myself now, I see lots of ppl who write waivers themselves from their heart get approved! You did great! I spoke to my lawyer yesterday and she doesn’t want to include letters from family and friends because she doesn’t see how that can help, in her words “they have to actually witness the hardships you are going thru, like if your husband had an anxiety attack per say, they were there and actually witnessed it happen “.... i already got RFE and I am afraid we can be denied...

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3 minutes ago, Jane88 said:

Congratulations and best of luck to you guys at the interview phase! I kind of regret getting a lawyer myself now, I see lots of ppl who write waivers themselves from their heart get approved! You did great! I spoke to my lawyer yesterday and she doesn’t want to include letters from family and friends because she doesn’t see how that can help, in her words “they have to actually witness the hardships you are going thru, like if your husband had an anxiety attack per say, they were there and actually witnessed it happen “.... i already got RFE and I am afraid we can be denied...

Thank you, yes they have to write about how they see you suffer without your family member and they have to talk about seeing you as  a family and the effect of separating you guys.I sent letters from family members and from my children teachers saying how my husband was involved in their education and how not being close to their dad would hurt them.   I read that too about not sending children letters or from family members because it doesn't help but I still sent it.  Good luck as well

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39 minutes ago, Neni315 said:

Thank you, yes they have to write about how they see you suffer without your family member and they have to talk about seeing you as  a family and the effect of separating you guys.I sent letters from family members and from my children teachers saying how my husband was involved in their education and how not being close to their dad would hurt them.   I read that too about not sending children letters or from family members because it doesn't help but I still sent it.  Good luck as well

Thank you

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