People who are immigrating to the U.S. might hear about several kinds of scams:
These scams cost more than money. These scams can take away your chance to immigrate legally.
In the U.S., notarios, notarios públicos and notary publics are not lawyers. They cannot help you with immigration. They will say they can help, and tell you to pay them. But they cannot help you.
Sometimes a notario can even ruin your chance to get a Green Card or become a citizen.
The U.S. government authorizes some people who can help you with immigration. These people are called “accredited representatives.” An accredited representative does not have to be a lawyer. But he can give you legal advice on your immigration. Immigration lawyers also can help you.Read more
Immigration cases can be difficult. You need help from someone who can handle your forms and meetings correctly.
An immigration lawyer can help you. Someone authorized by the U.S. government can help you, too. This person is called an “accredited representative.”
Only an immigration lawyer or an accredited representative can handle your immigration forms and meetings correctly.
Honest people you trust, like your family or friends, may offer help. These helpers should write or translate what you tell them to. But they should not give you legal advice.
Sometimes there are people in your community who have experience with immigration. These people might be able to talk to the government for you. This is called representing you. You should not pay these people. These people cannot charge you a fee.
Here is how you can avoid some scams:
You might need an immigration lawyer’s help. Some people who are scammed lose money. But some have problems with their immigration because of the scam. A lawyer or an accredited representative can help you figure out your immigration status.
You can report what happened to the Federal Trade Commission (the FTC).
Immigration scams are illegal. The FTC uses the complaints it gets to build cases against scammers. Any information you can give, no matter how much, can help investigators.Read more
There are scams that target people who are trying to immigrate to the U.S. You can lose money in those scams. These scams also can hurt your chance to immigrate. Learn how to avoid a scam.
Immigration can be complicated. It can feel frustrating until you find the right kind of help.
Immigration scams are illegal. Report what happened to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The FTC uses complaints to build cases against scammers. Any information you can give helps investigators.Read more