With the advent of a major new initiative (known as “deferred action”) to help over a million presently illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents as young persons comes a danger – the danger known as “Notario Fraud.” Starting on August 15, 2012, many people presently living here will begin the process of applying for deferred action status that will allow them to legally work and afford them the opportunity to gain many of the rights and privileges of U.S. citizens – those who think they may qualify for deferred action status will be faced with a choice: consulting an immigration attorney or going to a “notario” or “immigration consultant.” The latter choice is a serious mistake and here’s why:

“ Notarios” or “immigration consultants” operate throughout the U.S. and use false advertising and fraudulent contracts for services which cannot be provided. They exploit the trust of immigrants who may be new to this country, lacking in English-speaking skills, and unfamiliar with our legal system. Countless unsuspecting immigrants and their US born offspring assume that a “notario” is a lawyer who has a duty to protect their interests.

Notarios often hold themselves out as qualified to help immigrants obtain lawful immigration status, may charge huge sums of money for help that they never provide. Often, immigrants permanently lose opportunities to pursue immigration relief because a notario has botched their case. Notarios often refer to themselves by the following monikers: “notario”, “notario publico”, “visa consultant”, and “immigration consultant” among other variations of this theme. In the U.S., a “notary” or “notary public” is NOT necessarily a licensed attorney.Roblox Robux Hack 2017

You may have been the victim of “notario” fraud if:

• the person told you that you could get a green card or other benefit that you were never eligible for

• they said they could get you “special treatment” from a government agency such as Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE)

• the person kept your original documents and/or your court notices and made you pay a fee in order to get them back

• the person had you sign blank forms

• they took your money and did not provide you with any services; or

• The person falsely told you he or she was a licensed attorney.

Notarios violate Federal and State law viagra 50 ou 100. Federal law mandates that only licensed attorneys or “accredited representatives” as established by the United States Board of Immigration Appeals can practice immigration law or represent clients in immigration matters. In New York State, as in many other jurisdictions, there is a growing body of case law that has found notarios to be illegally practicing law when they do the following: interview the client, choose what forms should be completed, file the application with the government and retain control of the applicant’s file.

To those who think they might be eligible for the most important immigration reform in many years – “deferred action” – it is therefore imperative that they avoid falling prey to notario fraud. Before you meet with anyone who might assist you with your “deferred action” case, ask the right questions. Ask where the person went to law school and in what state(s) is he or she licensed to practice law. Ask for references and how much the fee will be and whether they charge by the hour or if you have to pay a flat fee up front.

Immigration attorneys should explain your legal options, including the fact that you may not be eligible for immigration relief. They should provide you with a written contract explaining what you have hired them to do and allow you sufficient time read and understand the contract before signing it. Moreover, an attorney should never ask you to sign blank forms, or any document without reading it first.

President Obama’s directive to grant “deferred action” status to an estimated 800,000 young illegal immigrants has given immense hope to those who are called the DREAMers (an acronym for federal legislation that would have done something similar to what the President has done administratively). Don’t let ‘notario fraud” turn this dream into a nightmare.

Jeffrey M. Binder, Esq

Article originally published at The Westchester Guardian – Page 9 http://www.westchesterguardian.com/10_11_12/10_11_fin.pdf