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The wrong kind of immigration help can hurt. Learn who can help. Know where to find the right immigration help and where to turn if you’ve been harmed by someone unauthorized to provide immigration legal services.
The immigration process is often a long, expensive, and complicated process. For these reasons, many immigrants in need of immigration legal services may look to providers other than qualified immigration lawyers for help. While there are well-meaning community representatives and other individuals eager to help you, not all of them mean well, and the harm caused by even a small mistake could be costly for you and your family.
In many Latin American countries, the term “notario publico” refers to an individual who has had a lot of legal training, while in the United States, a notary’s function is simple and straightforward: provide impartial witness to the signing of official documents to prevent fraudulent acts. These individuals may not always go by the name notario and the name may differ from community to community. However, in many cases, these individuals may often refer to themselves as immigration consultants or immigration experts.
While there are a number of states that allow individuals to perform very limited immigration functions, the risk of using these services is high and can result in devastating consequences for you and your family. Our goal is to educated consumers on the risks of accepting help from unlicensed professionals and to provide you with tools necessary to select the best help for you and your family. We encourage consumers to get qualified immigration assistance to avoid being scammed.
This website is hosted and support by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Immigration Fight Notario Fraud Project.
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