Now that the President has announced numerous new immigration programs,
there is tremendous excitement in the immigrant community. Unfortunately,
this also raises issues of unscrupulous individuals hoping to take advantage
of the situation.
Here are some things to be aware of when speaking with anyone about your
- No applications are currently being accepted under any of the new programs,
so if someone says he/she can file right away, beware. However, qualified
immigration attorneys can begin the screening process and, in many cases,
will be able to confirm eligibility. Your process of gathering documents
and providing information to the attorney can start any time, just know
that it will be a few months before anything can be submitted to USCIS.
- No one can guarantee approval. Qualified immigration attorneys can screen
you to determine whether you meet eligibility requirements. However, since
USCIS makes the ultimate decision, no on can guarantee any certain result.
- No one can guarantee a driver's license. Only the state Department
of Motor Vehicles has the authority to issue a driver's license. Beware
of anyone who says he/she can get you a driver's license.
- Notarios are NOT licensed attorneys and do NOT have legal training.
- This is not a matter of simply filling out a couple of forms. Extensive
documentation of eligibility requirements will be required, so make sure
you are dealing with a licensed, qualified immigration attorney who will
be sure to include this documentation with your application packet.
If you have a question about whether a particular individual is really
a licensed attorney, contact the State Bar Association to verify that
he/she is an attorney in good standing.