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Question About US Visa Online Application Form Ds 160

George asks…

Does the E2 visa application require a lawyer?

For a Japanese citizen, who worked for a year and half with a J1 visa in Hawaii and before the ending of the J1 visa, found a sponsor that will provide her a work contract for 3 years or more. The company meets all the requirements for her to apply for the E2 visa, they support her 100% and if she gets the visa the job it’s hers. After doing some research I realize that the only things that she needs to apply are 2 forms: Form DS160 and the Nonimmigrant Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor Application DS-156E completed and signed, for executives/managers/essential employees.
A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant’s intended period of stay in the United States and 2 passport pictures.

The Ds160 fee is $270 but the lawyer fee is close to $6,000.

I was wondering if anybody can help me with a sincere advice regarding this. It’s very important for her to successed in this process but I also feel that the lawyer will fill out two forms online with informations that she will provide and for that she will pay $6.000. Does the lawyer have any ability to influence the success of the process diferent than her own ability to complete those two forms for this process?

Is there anybody who can tell me if there is an alternative? Is this a common price for this procedure? Can we do it ourselfs? Is there any risk if we do it right or if a lawyer does it?

Best Answer:


Lawyers cannot influence the outcome of your application, but they can file all required documentation correctly.

You are totally wrong to believe that a work permit application simply requires a couple of forms.

I had an application for a work visa (H1B) filed on my behalf a few years ago.

In addition to a couple of forms that I myself had to sign, the lawyers attached 250 extra pages in support of the application. Those included information about the employer, its business, its earnings, how the employer interviewed qualified US residents, labour market surveys to prove my salary was within the required range for the employer’s local area and a pile on nonsense like that.

You say it is important to you, so don’t mess this up.

If you send your two forms and find out that your application is rejected after 4 months of waiting for approval, you will be completely and totally screwed.

I don’t know how much your employer intends to pay you, but $6000 may well be worth it otherwise you may find yourself back in Japan really quite soon.

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