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1) A solicitor is not needed. The instructions are pretty clear to allow non-attorneys to be able to do the process.
3) A U.S. immigration attorney would probably charge $1500 or more for this service.
4) At this point, now that the I-130 has been approved, assuming that the Priority Date is current, probably 3 to 6 months or so. But that's assuming that the Priority Date is current. I can check for you if you let me know when the I-130 was filed for her and if your grandfather is a U.S. Citizen and if your mother is married or single and what country she was born in.
5) Just follow the instructions on the letter from the NVC.
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