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Beware of these people when seeking immigration help… September 7, 2006

Posted by dsheen88 in Fraud Alert!, MyComments, Tips.

If you are seeking help with your immigration matter, please beware of these people: 

  • Notaries, consultants, service bureaus, travel agents, or others who promise quick, easy solutions to immigration problems.
  • Anyone who guarantees they can get you a visa for a certain fee.
  • Lawyers from other countries who do not know U.S. laws and are not licensed to practice in the U.S.
  • People who say the “know someone” who has an “inside track” or anyone who wants money to influence or bribe.
  • Be wary of unlicensed operators! They are not accountable to anyone. They are known for taking people’s money and doing nothing. Or worse, they may lie to the government in your name for a quick, simple solution that in the end may result in your deportation or permanent exclusion from the U.S.
  • If you are not sure whether the person offering you immigration services is a lawyer or an accredited representative, ask to see the accreditation letters or U.S. bar admission certificate. If you are still not sure, call the State Bar Association. Remember, in the United States it is illegal to practice law without a license.

Many noncitizens who would otherwise qualify for immigration benefits discover they will never be successful becuase an immigration “consultant” destroyed their dreams.  Don’t let this happen to you!

It is against the law for “public notaries” or even foreign lawyers who are not licensed in the United States to provide immigration advice–even “just” filling out forms is something that only a licensed, property trained lawyer or accredited representative should do. 

Please remember that only a U.S. licensed lawyer or accredited representative with a nonprofit or religious organization is authorized and qualified to assist with your immigration case.  Don’t be a Victim!



1. hamza - September 13, 2006

I was granted asylum with my wife,year a go,before an immigration judge.and we was waiting for the immigration to release our fingerprint but they never did.The judge already give me two appointment to bring him my fingerprint,my lawyer did his best,till now we never received any answer from the immigration,so the judge said that i may loose my asylum over that.
please tell me what ishould to solve this problem cause it’s a matter of life or death

2. dsheen88 - September 15, 2006


My postings here are for public information only. I can’t provide you with any specific legal advise. You should contact an experienced Asylum attorney in your area to handle your issues.

The following information may be useful to you.

In a recent CIS memorandum, the CIS will eliminate the issuance of recommended approvals in all cases where the results of the FBI fingerprint check and IBIS check have not been received and reviewed, including cases in which the Asylum Office is waiting for the applicant to provide court dispositions and other related documents. Recommended approvals may only be issued where all background security checks have been completed for the principal applicant and all dependents: (1) except that an FBI name check response is pending for one or more family members (if a positive response has been received on the primary applicant, the basis for the response must be reviewed before a recommended approval may issue); (2) the Asylum Office has only a W-file or T-file, procedures for issuing a final grant on the W or T-file have not been completed and there are no reasonable grounds for believing the A-file would materially impact the decision to grant; or (3) a dependent appears to be subject to reinstatement of a final order of removal and the Special Agent in Charge has not yet determined whether to reinstate. Cases in which background security checks have not been completed and a recommended approval is not permitted will be put on hold. Where the security check processing delay is due to the applicant, the employment authorization KLOK will be stopped.

On a related note: Beginning October 1, 2006, USCIS will implement a new process nationwide for issuing EADs to applicant granted asylum by an Asylum Office. Instead of issuing asylees a provisional one-year Form I-688B employment authorization card at the local office, asylees will now receive in the mail the more secure Form I-766 EAD card within seven to ten days after the date they are issued their asylum approval letters. The EAD will be valid for two years.

I you need further information relating to this memo, please contact LCCR Asylum Volunteers directly. Check out their website at http://www.lccr.com

LCCR postal address is:
131 Steuart St.
Suite 400
San Francisco, California 94105


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