Alex, I know plenty of people who got GC through american citizen spouse, and it only cost them the forms (around $1000 or so). It gets expensive though if you need to hire a lawyer (and many of the people immigrating through the relatives don't hire one).
And yes, I also know LOTS of people who immigrated through work immigration. While it's tough, it's still possible if you have an education.
The sad part is there is SO MUCH fraud in EVERY type of immigration that it's getting ridiculous.
Agreed, and if it was a parking ticket, I'd do it alone. However I don't know what I don't know, and do I know enough to know when I am wrong?
I did 3 years of a 4 year law degree, I think it's something I could manage, but it's scary. It has a massive impact on my life if I make a mistake. I have foster kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 horse, 1 husband. We have a house we are renovating. This is my WHOLE life, I'd rather pay a professional.
I know people who completed a form correctly, in the wrong color ink. The form was returned to them, and they had to pay the filing fee again. This is my life, I can't afford a dumb mistake, so I'd rather pay a really good lawyer, it's worth it to me.