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DV (“greencard”) Lottery Scam October 16, 2006

Posted by dsheen88 in Fraud Alert!, Greencard Lottery, MyComments, Simply Immigration!, Tips.
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Americam Immigration Lawyers Association members have seen a marked increase in recent weeks in fake emails telling people that they have “won” the visa lottery. When you are selected for the visa lottery, you are NOT notified by email, and money is NOT requested up front.

Visa Fraud issue re Visitor’s visa and Marriage September 10, 2006

Posted by dsheen88 in Fraud Alert!, Immigration by Marriage, MyComments, Tips.
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Lately, I have came across comments about poeple telling others that it is “faster” to bring your spouse or fiancee over on a “B-visa” and the then file for P.R. or adjustment of status application in U.S.  This is in fact very misleading and risky.  Here is a comment that I posted on another forum (with slight modifications) to clear up this issue.  

If you came into U.S. with a visitor’s visa…and gets married and file for your P.R. (adjusment of status application) in less than 60 days…you have to beware of “visa fraud” issue. The CIS officer will likely to raise the issue whether you came into this country with the “preconceived intent” to get married. In other words, you have used improper visa to gain entry into U.S. because B-1 or B-2 are non-immigrant visa. That is the reason why some cases could take up “8 year” to adjudicate or even facing denial of their application at the end. It is a separate issue from proving your marriage relationship is real (bona fide) or not. Therefore, it does not matter “how long or how well you have known your spouse.” It is best to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer before you take any action base on misleading “advise” from others. Each case is unique, you simply can’t assume everyone will be as lucky. Murphy’s law…always anticipate the worst that could ahppen and have back up plans.

I hope this will clear things up a bit!

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

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