Last week in Jean Louis v. Attorney General, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reopen an immigration case. Mr. Jean Louis had been told by an “immigration expert” who Mr. Jean Louis believed as an attorney that he did not have to go to his asylum hearing because he was going to apply for residence through a marriage. After failing to go to the hearing relying on the “expert” advice, Mr. Jean Louis was ordered deported. The Third Circuit held that because the “immigration expert” had never held himself out to be an attorney, there are no exceptional circumstances that would allow Mr. Jean Louis to reopen his case and allowed the order of removal to Haiti to stand. Unfortunately, Mr. Jean Louis’s case is just one of many where people who refer to themselves as immigration consultants or notarios often inflict irreversible damage on cases.
If you think your case has been compromised by bad advice from a notario or if you just want to make sure to get good advice in the first place, schedule an appointment to come into our offices for a consultation with one of our attorneys.
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