Have you ever considered the possibility of immigration fraud? If not, then it’s important to know what to look out for in order to avoid legal issues.
Lookout for fee requests
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has an official fee schedule. If someone asks you to pay more than the standard fees, then they are most likely trying to scam you in some way.
Avoid signing blank forms
If someone asks you to sign a form that has blank spaces or things that need explaining, then avoid doing it. By signing your name on the document, you are confirming that everything is correct and complete. Immigration fraudsters may try to trick you into signing a blank form so that they can edit it later and add something that is not true.
Do not sign any documents that you don’t understand
Many scammers try to trick people into signing papers that they do not understand or know anything about. Always ask for clarification and someone who will be able to explain the document in detail if needed. If there is no one around, then simply do not sign it.
If you’re working with an attorney, check their eligibility
Your state’s bar association website is the best place to look for information about immigration lawyers. If the person you are talking to is not a licensed attorney, then they do not have any right to help you with legal immigration issues.
Get a second opinion
If you are not sure about the situation, do not hesitate to get a second opinion. You can always ask another attorney or even contact your local United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office.
The truth is that people can get tricked into immigration fraud. You can avoid this type of fraud by knowing what to look for, asking the right questions and getting a second opinion.