Immigration Scams are easy jobs. The immigrants are trusting, and willing to give everything for immigration. And the scam artists know that. Here are some common things to look out for:
In the United States, ALL Government web sites end with dot gov. So if the web site says dot com, dot org or anything else, it is not a Government web site.
No one, not even the President of the United States can promise immigration. In fact, President Obama’s aunt, his father’s sister, (someone who President Obama did not know existed) was living here illegally. The Government deported her, even though her nephew was the President. This is the United States, and this is why people want to come here.
Similarly, many lawyers in big law firms promise that they are tight with the CIS, can can process the papers faster, better. Not true. There is NO influence peddling in the Government. The biggest Immigration law firm in the United States was audited by the Department of Labor when they were suspected of illegal practices, and each and every case suffered.
Immigration lawyers can only process immigration papers. They cannot give you a job, an office for L-1 a spouse or anything. Anybody who promises that is fraudulent. A Houston lawyer was found to be doing that with L-1 visas. Now she is in jail, and all her cases are being audited.
The Diversity visa is done through a lottery. The lottery is done by computers. Many people claim they can influence the results— NOT TRUE.
Notarios are not lawyers in the United States. They are not supposed to be practicing law. They can only attest to the fact that if someone signs, that the person is really the one signing.
And finally, check out the lawyer’s credentials before hiring her. Ask questions. Most lawyers have their degrees and licenses to practice law framed in their offices. Read those to determine that it is indeed a true LAW degree. Many times a degree in a certain law: “Bachelors in Criminal Law” or “Bachelors in Environmental law” are not true JD degrees.