With New Laws a New Wave of Immigration Fraud is Feared

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Laura Ernde a staff writer for the California Bar Journal wrote an excellent article recently titled: Officials fear new wave of Immigration fraud.

In the article she talks about how some notarios and others have promised immigrants positive immigration results but they have caused immigrants to be put in worse positions with USCIS.

” G. Thaddeus Gembacz, a retired Los Angeles immigration judge, saw the scam play out in his courtroom countless times.

An immigrant would appear seeking asylum after having paid hundreds or even thousands of dollars to a third party for assistance in filling out the paperwork. But there were little or no facts to support the asylum case.

“All the form did was get the person thrown into immigration court,” he said. “From the shadows to the fire.”

With possible changes to immigration laws on the horizon, Gembacz and law enforcement officials in California are concerned about a spike in that type of fraud. The State Bar organized a summit last month to bring together many of the federal, state and local agencies who are trying to combat the problem.

Immigration is one area where non-attorneys are allowed to assist consumers in completing forms, translating documents and submitting forms. But dishonest immigration consultants charge consumers for forms they can get for free and make false promises that extra fees will give the immigrant a leg up in the process, officials said at the summit. Some identify themselves as “notarios,” which, unlike notaries in the United States, are allowed to practice law in some Latin American countries.

Immigrants may fall for dishonest pitches because they come from countries where bribery is common and people are vulnerable, said Rigo Reyes, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs.

As the U.S. Congress starts to take up the issue of immigration reform, authorities said they expect more scammers to try to take advantage of immigrants’ strong desire to become American citizens.”

Although the California State Bar can help those who have issues with attorneys who are licensed in California the bar does not have jurisdiction over non-attorney immigration consultants.  The article states that ” law enforcement agencies can prosecute these individuals for crimes, including the unauthorized practice of law and theft.”

However, much of the immigration fraud does not get reported due to immigrants distrust of the police.  They are also afraid of deportation.

Because the stakes are so high it makes sense to talk to an experienced immigration attorney prior to filing any paperwork with USCIS.  An experienced immigration attorney can make sure you are not doing anything which could jeopardize the future of you or your family.

Lawrence Gruner is a vallejo immigration attorney, vallejo immigration lawyer, fiance visa attorney and a fiance visa lawyer with almost 20 years of experience handling immigration cases. He has office locations throughout northern California. His office handles immigration cases throughout California (including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Sacramento) the United States and the World. You may reach us from anywhere in the world toll free at 888-801-6558 .

You may also email us your questions. Attorney Gruner would be happy to review your situation and all of your options. He can help you come up with a plan for your Immigration case. His office handles green card cases (both family based green cards in sacramento and business based green cards) please see our post: “How to get a green card” usa K1 fiance visa cases, E1-E2 investor cases, H1b cases (please read our post: “How to get an H-1B visa”)and marriage visa cases

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