Immigration Fraud
JULIO C. VASQUEZ - PROFESSIONAL TRANSLATOR
    Don't Be a Victim of Immigration Fraud
    Information authored and made available to the public at large by the U.S. Citizenship
    and Immigration Services USCIS. This agency performs the administrative and
    adjudicative mission of the now-defunct agency that was known as Immigration and
    Naturalization Services (INS).

    The enforcement mission of the old INS was assigned to the agency known as U.S.
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE.

    Both USCIS and ICE are components of the Department of Homeland Security DHS.
Notarios, notary publics and immigration consultants may NOT represent you before USCIS.
In many other countries, the word “notario” means that the individual is an attorney, but that is
not true in the United States and they may not provide the same services that an attorney or
accredited representative does.

A notario may
NOT:

  • Give you legal advice on what immigration benefit you may apply for or what to say in
    an immigration interview

  • Hold him or herself out as qualified in legal matters or in immigration and
    naturalization procedure

If you are seeking help with immigration questions, you should be very careful before paying
money to a non-attorney. Please use the following guidelines when selecting an individual to
represent you:

How to Protect Yourself from Becoming a Victim:

1. DO NOT sign blank applications, petitions or other papers.

2.
DO NOT sign documents that you do not understand.

3.
DO NOT sign documents that contain false statements or inaccurate information.

4.
DO NOT let anyone keep your original documents.

5.
DO NOT make payments to a representative without getting a receipt.

6.
DO NOT pay more than a nominal fee to non-attorneys or make payments on the internet.

7.
DO obtain copies of all documents prepared or submitted for you.

8.
DO verify an attorney’s or accredited representative’s eligibility to represent you.

9.
DO report any representative’s unlawful activity to USCIS, State Bar Associations and/or    
State Offices of Attorneys General.

Attorneys and Accredited Representatives

You may choose to have someone, such as an attorney or accredited representative of a
recognized organization, represent you when filing an application or petition with USCIS. Only
attorneys and accredited representatives may communicate on your behalf regarding your
application with USCIS.  

October, 2008 - December, 2008 - Last updated: 12/09/2009












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