Immigrants from all over the country are being targeted in scams through telephone calls or emails by individuals who pretend to be a government official. They may tell you that there is a problem with your application and will request your personal or confidential information.
They will always want to charge you a fee and this is a clear indication that you are not speaking to a government official.
Always check the official USCIS website for information on filing fees and instructions. Do not seek guidance from websites that claim to be affiliated with USCIS. Fraudulent websites or individuals frequently request your Social Security or Passport information over the phone. Remember, USCIS will never ask for payment over the phone or in an email. Whenever USCIS sends you a request for payment it will always be on an official letterhead stationary.
When starting the process of filing an application or petition for immigration issues with USCIS you should consult with a licensed attorney who is authorized and experienced in handling cases before this agency. If you are in doubt as to the authenticity of an individual, this can be verified by going on the State Bar of Texas website.
Immigration advice is available in many places, but this advice is not always reliable. Even if someone has helped other individuals with their immigration process, does not mean that they will understand and be licensed to solve the issue involved in your case. The wrong advice can not only delay your application, cost you more in unnecessary fees, but could even lead to removal proceedings.
There are Notary Publics in the United States; however their role is not the same as a “Notario Publico” in most Latin American countries.
Notary Publics in the United States are not attorneys and are not authorized to practice law. This means they are not authorized to complete immigration forms or provide legal advice regarding immigration matters.
Speaking with an experienced and skilled immigration attorney authorized to practice immigration law in Dallas and throughout Texas, can assure that your case moves forward as quickly as possible and is handled correctly.