If you are planning to immigrate to the United States or change your current immigration status, it’s important to know who you can turn to for immigration legal help.
Consulting with a Notary isn’t a good idea. There are so-called “Immigration Consultants” who will make false promises about the services they can offer you. Generally, a Notary Public lacks the qualifications to give you legal advice on US Immigration Law and in the worst case scenario, he can irretrievably damage your case.
What is a Notary?
In United States, a Notary is simply someone who has the authority to act as a witness in signing documents.
Many of them take advantage of this circumstance to make immigrants believe that they can practice law, as is the case in Hispanic countries. Thus, they try to represent them in their immigration cases and since they usually charge less than a lawyer, many people fall into the temptation of hiring their services.
Why is it a bad idea to hire an Immigration Notary?
If the Notary doesn’t have enough knowledge about the United States Immigration Law, he can file documents incorrectly and affect your procedure permanently, even if he intends to help you. There are also cases in which the Notaries simply accept the client’s money and do nothing for their case.
In this situation, it’s very likely that cheap will be very expensive.
Who can help you in your immigration case?
Immigration Law is complicated and it’s best to take advice, although it’s allowed for people to process their immigration cases themselves.
There are 2 categories of professionals who can help you with your immigration case:
- Lawyers: To verify that someone is a lawyer, you can visit the website of your state’s Bar Association and see if that person has a license to practice law.
- Accredited representatives of organizations recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA): The Department of Justice maintains a list of these representatives and organizations.
How to avoid immigration scams?
Once you have an attorney or accredited representative to help you with your immigration case, follow the tips below from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to avoid immigration scams:
- Never sign blank forms.
- Be careful with people who guarantee you get a specific benefit, such as a Visa or Green Card.
- Before signing any document, make sure you understand what you are signing and that all the information provided is accurate.
- Keep all USCIS receipts and correspondence.
- Verify that the processing fee you must pay corresponds to the form filing fees published by the USCIS.
- Request a receipt for any payment made to your attorney or representative.
- Keep in mind that the USCIS doesn’t charge for downloading forms.
- Keep copies of all forms and documents submitted to USCIS for your own records.
Where can immigration scams be reported?
Scams related to immigration matters are illegal. If you or someone you know has witnessed or been the victim of one of these scams, it’s important that you report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or to your state Attorney General.
The FTC doesn’t resolve individual complaints but instead enters the complaint data into a secure electronic database that is used by law enforcement authorities around the world. Remember that the more information you can provide, the more useful your report will be to the person investigating your claim.
At Tramites de Inmigracion USA Corp we have an accredited and experienced team of Immigration Lawyers, always ready to advise you and provide you with all the support you need to successfully resolve your particular case.
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