Authorities Uncovering Yet Another Instance of Immigration Fraud.
The State of Illinois is suing Chicago-based “immigration service” run by non-attorneys. The service promised desperate immigrants to apply for their green cards, charged hefty fees and did nothing in return.
Associated Press is reporting that the State of Illinois is suing Chicago-based “immigration service” run by non-attorneys. The service promised desperate immigrants to apply for their green cards, charged hefty fees and did nothing in return. Every year thousands of immigrants and their US citizen relatives applying on their behalf become victims of immigration fraud. Watch out for immigration fraud by following three simple rules:
1) Make sure a person you are planning on retaining is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association by logging on to www.ailalawyer.com or by contacting your state Bar Association. For example, New York State Bar Association Attorney Directory is available at https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/attorney/AttorneySearch
2) Ignore claims of “insider connections” to governmental agencies. Such insider connections constitute a felony (a serious crime, an illegal activity).
3) Visit a person you are planning to retain in their office. Reputable, experienced and honest attorneys always maintain an office in a location that is easily accessible. If an attorney is refusing to meet you in their office -- this is a MAJOR red flag.
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