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USCIS Combats the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law

Posted by Karen Pollak on Sat, Jun 11, 2011 @ 2:15 PM
immigration scamAll too often, individuals seeking immigration benefits are deceived by people pretending to be "immigration experts." This is against the law.  Common scams include:
  • Falsely posing as a lawyer or BIA-accredited representative and charging customers for legal “advice” on immigration matters
  • Charging for free services such as USCIS forms and InfoPass appointments or charging exorbitant amounts for assistance with immigration services 
  • Falsely acting as a representative of the U.S. government and charging for a green card, employment authorization, temporary protected status or some other immigration benefit
Other people may offer to help you complete your forms and may have good intentions, but are not qualified to provide legal advice on immigration law or your immigration options.  In partnership with several other agencies, USCIS is launching a public education initiative to combat the unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL).
 
For more information on efforts to stop the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, please visit the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/avoidscams.

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