Unlicensed Immigration Consultants Offer Only Empty Promises

People seeking immigration assistance should be wary of unscrupulous advisers promising work permits, citizenship and release from immigration detention.

In the Immigration Consultant Scam, con artists target vulnerable immigrants by offering services that either are not delivered or don’t help their intended needs. These immigration consultants and “notarios” are not licensed to practice immigration law or authorized to give legal advice.

People seeking help with their immigration status can lose sizeable sums of money or, even worse, hurt their chances of obtaining legal status.

The District Attorney’s Office recently filed charges against a woman who posed as an immigration consultant to bilk thousands of dollars from dozens of victims.

She faces up to 28 years in state prison if convicted on all counts.