Avoiding Immigration Scams

Avoiding Immigration Scams

Many people, including thousands of Texas families are seeking help with immigration matters. Unfortunately, not all people who are offering assistance are authorized to offer it. While some of these people mean well, too many of them are doing it to rip innocent people off.

Not only is this illegal, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services calls these activities “immigration services scams.”

If you, or a family member need to file an application or petition with USCIS, make sure that you seek help from an experienced immigration attorney – someone who is legally authorized to help.

If you seek help from the wrong person, it could lead to:

  • An unnecessary delay in your application or petition
  • You could have to pay extra fees
  • It could lead to deportation

Common Scams to Watch Out For

Beware, the Internet, radio, and even stores on the street are filled with advertisements that offer immigration help. Often, this information does not come from immigration attorneys or people who are accredited representatives.

There is a lot of information coming from people and businesses that are not authorized to offer legal advice, including “notario publicos,” and other such individuals.

The wrong help can cause you to lose money, it can delay your application, and it can even lead to removal proceedings – the opposite of what you want!

Some common immigration scams, include:

  • Telephone scammers who pose as USCIS workers and other government officials. Telephone scammers may lie about problems with your immigration record, and ask for money to correct such issues. The USCIS does not call people asking for payment over the phone, so never pay money over the phone to someone who claims to be with the USCIS.
  • “Notario publicos” may be attorneys in Latin American countries, but they are not authorized to offer any legal immigration services in the U.S.
  • Local businesses in the community may guarantee a visa, green card, or employment authorization document. They often charge a higher fee than the USCIS and claim they can get it done faster than if you applied with the USCIS; these are false claims.

These are just a few of the immigration scams that exist. If you need immigration help, make sure that you get it from an authorized Plano immigration attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm. To avoid becoming a victim of an immigration scam,contact our office for help!