Immigrating to another country takes a lot of courage. Some people may see your immigration status as a weakness and try to take advantage of you. Others may genuinely want to help you, but they simply are not authorized or qualified to do so. Before you ask someone for help or pay for a service, CLINIC wants to help you protect yourself, and others, from immigration scams, commonly called notario fraud.
In the United States, only attorneys and Department of Justice accredited representatives can provide legal advice and services about immigration. The term “notario publico” in English means “notary public.” This person is only allowed to witness the signing of official documents. They may not give legal advice or provide immigration legal services. Every year many people are misled, which often results in the loss of thousands of dollars, a stalled immigration case, deportation, and/or the separating of families. This does not have to be your future!
These resources can help you recognize and report scams, advocate against notario fraud, as well as find quality legal assistance.
Immigrants, use these resources to help you identify when someone tries to take advantage of you. Learn how to protect yourself.
Immigration advocates, use these resources to educate lawmakers about the consequences of immigration services fraud on their communities. Strong policies against scammers will protect families from harmful services and punish wrongdoers.
Millions of people are targeted because their immigration status is seen as a weakness. Here are some of their stories.
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