U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) warns foreign nationals in need of immigration assistance to be wary of whom they trust with their cases. While there are many individuals and businesses who offer help – for a fee – not all are qualified to do so. Some are sincere and truly want the best for you, but they do not have the knowledge or qualifications to ensure our case is properly prepared, leaving you open to having your application denied and possibly finding yourself in removal proceedings or unable to enter the United States. Sadly, others run scams, knowing that they do not have the ability to help you and wanting only to take your money. Whether sincere or dishonest, the end result is that you could be trusting your future to someone who may cause more harm than good.
USCIS reminds you that only an attorney or accredited representative is authorized to give legal advice. On their website, https://www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams , you will find a telephone number, virtual assistance, and links to authorized legal help, upcoming outreach events, and scheduling an appointment at your local USCIS office to ask your questions. You will also find tools to help you avoid scammers, report immigration scams, and other important information.
Remember, the wrong help is no help at all. For your own protection or that of your family members, be sure that your immigration help comes from an attorney or other authorized person. It will not only save you money, it could save you much time and heartache.
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