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How much does the whole process cost? As an international founder, that's my only major concern.



That is of course a major factor. The costs all in, including legal fees and filing fees, vary considerably from attorney to attorney but the average, as far as I can tell, for an I-140 extraordinary ability petition is between $5,000 and $15,000. This is the same range for an I-140 national interest waiver petition.


> That is of course a major factor. The costs all in, including legal fees and filing fees, vary considerably from attorney to attorney but the average, as far as I can tell, for an I-140 extraordinary ability petition is between $5,000 and $15,000. This is the same range for an I-140 national interest waiver petition.

Where does that money go? Fees associated with the application or general attorney fees?

Is it possible to complete this process without an attorney? $5-15K is peanuts for a larger organization but it's a decent chunk of coin for a small business.


I agree, it's a lot of money and we do have clients who handle their applications successfully on their own but these are generally clients in fields where there's lots of pre-existing evidence that does not need to be explained such as artists or athletes or widely published /cited scientists. Where the evidence needs to be explained or supported by expert opinion letters, an attorney probably should be involved. The EB1A filing fees are $580 for regular processing and $1805 for premium processing.




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