On June 9, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) announced a national initiative to root out immigration services scams that victimize innocent people who are seeking assistance in obtaining immigration counseling, visas or citizenship.
This initiative will be backed by the resources and the cooperative efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and will be aimed in particular at those who are engaged in the unauthorized practice of immigration law and counseling.
Those who persist in collecting money from “clients” under the guise of providing immigration advice and assistance without having the legal certifications, knowledge and credentials to do so will be discovered and identified by the DHS working in cooperation with local authorities, and prosecuted by the DOJ and/or the FTC for criminal acts and false advertising.
Often these criminals present themselves to the public as “Notarios,” a term that connotes a kind of authorized immigration lawyer or counselor in some countries south of the border.
For more information, you can contact the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review and/or check out the DOJ Website.
If you are an individual seeking competent, valid and lawful immigration advice and assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (847) 564-0712. You are also welcome to check out the pertinent portion of our Website for further information.