America’s immigration law system is notoriously complex and often creates confusion for those who aren’t well-versed in it. When combined with a language barrier, the immigration system is even more challenging to navigate, making people vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous scam artists. If you’re applying for citizenship or a visa, knowing what to look for can help you avoid falling victim to these prevalent scams. Below are some answers to a few questions you may have.
4 FAQs About Immigration Law Scams
What Should I Look Out For?
Typically, scam artists market themselves as “consultants” who will help you obtain U.S. citizenship. However, they will have no credentials or registration with any state authorities. They will often demand payment before providing any services and might require you to sign blank forms. In many cases, they charge their victims for these forms, which are available for free from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Should I Contact a “Notarios Publicos” for Help?
Many scam artists also take advantage of cultural differences to market themselves as experienced immigration law professionals. While a notarios publicos is qualified to deliver legal advice in many Latin American countries, they are not considered attorneys in the United States.
Who Can I Turn To?
Your immigration status is too important to leave to chance, so contact a respected immigration attorney who is qualified to give legal advice. They will guide you through every step of the process and give you the counsel you need to attain citizenship or apply for a visa.
What if I Have Already Been Scammed?
If someone takes advantage of you and your family, report the scam to the state bar or Department of Justice as soon as possible. New York City residents, for example, can report fraudulent behavior online without having to worry about their immigration status.
Whether you are hoping to obtain citizenship or plan to apply for a visa, the legal team at Berd & Klauss PLLC will provide the legal service and individual support you need. Visit their website to learn more about their immigration law experience, or call (212) 461-7152 to speak with a skilled lawyer today. For the latest immigration news and updates, follow this respected law firm on Facebook.