We’ve seen it before. Anytime there is a new immigration program that offers benefits to immigrants, the scammers come out of the woodword.
As we all know, filing applications and dealing with the government is never as simple as it looks. The government requires applications and supporting documents to meet certain standards.
Experienced and credible immigration lawyers know this.
With the announcement of deferred action for “Dreamers,” I am sure that the scammers are getting ready to pounce on unsuspecting immigrants.
Be prepared, and be cautious.
It is better to work with an experienced and trusted immigration lawyer. Those who help others fill out immigration forms, but are not licensed to practice law, should be avoided.
Are you getting the right immigration help?Many people offer help with immigration services.
Unfortunately, not all are authorized to do so. While many of these unauthorized practitioners mean well, all too many of them are out to rip you off. This is against the law and may be considered an immigration services scam.If you need help filing an application or petition with USCIS, be sure to seek assistance from the right place, and from people that are authorized to help.
Going to the wrong place can
- Delay your application or petition
- Cost you unnecessary fees
- Possibly lead to removal proceedings
Remember: Know the facts when it comes to immigration assistance, because the Wrong Help Can Hurt.
Tools to Help You Avoid Scammers
USCIS wants to combat immigration services scams by equipping applicants, legal service providers and community-based organizations with the knowledge and tools they need to detect and protect themselves from dishonest practices.To accomplish this goal, USCIS launched the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law (UPIL) Initiative.
As part of the effort, USCIS partnered with several government agencies to identify resources that can help you avoid immigration services scams.Empower yourself by using our online educational resources, which include:
- The top things to know before and after filing an application or petition
- A list of common immigration services scams
- State-by-state information on where you can report an immigration services scam
- Advice on finding authorized legal help
- Information on becoming an authorized legal immigration service provider
- Educational tools you can print and share
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Richard Herman is a nationally-known immigration attorney with 20+ years of experience representing families and businesses in all aspects of immigration law. Richard was voted for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© and listed in Super Lawyers© for ten consecutive years, Richard is the founder of the Herman Legal Group, an immigration law firm serving clients in over 12 languages from offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit, whose attorneys have represented diverse clientele, from Fortune 500 companies to undocumented workers, from technology entrepreneurs to NFL teams. He is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Immigrant, Inc. ---Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (John Wiley & Sons, 2009). Richard has appeared FOX News (The O’Reilly Factor), ABC News 20/20, National Public Radio, and has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., PC World, Computerworld, CIO, TechCrunch and InformationWeek.