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Consumer Tips: Scams against Immigrants

How can I avoid scams in the immigration process?

  • Do not go to a notario, notario publico, or a notary public for legal advice.  In the U.S., notarios are not lawyers.  They cannot give you legal advice.
  • Never pay for government forms from the U.S. government.  Government forms are free.
  • Get immigration information from U.S. government websites.  You might see a website that looks like it is from the government.  Make sure that the website address includes .gov.  That means the website is from the U.S. government.

What else can I do to protect myself?

  • Never sign a form that is blank.  Never sign a form that has false information in it.
  • Do not let anyone keep your original documents, like your passport or birth certificate.
  • Keep a copy of every document you turn in.  Keep a copy of every letter you get from the U.S. government.
  • You will get a receipt when you turn in your forms.  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will give it to you.   Keep the receipt.  You will need it to check on your application.

How can I get help with immigration?

Immigration can be complicated.  It can feel frustrating until you find the right kind of help.

  • Get free immigration forms:
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