CONSUMER PROTECTION DISCUSSES HOW TO COMBAT IMMIGRATION FRAUD
- Do not go to a notario, notario público, or a notary public for legal advice. In the U.S., notarios are not lawyers. They cannot give you legal advice.
- Get immigration information from a U.S. government website. You might see a website that is trying to impersonate one - so remember that a government website address includes .gov in its web address.
- Never sign a form that is blank. Never sign a form that has false information in it.
- Do not allow anyone to keep your original documents, like a passport or birth certificate.
- Keep a copy of every document you turn in, and if you can, give those you are working with copies, and keep the originals yourself.
- Save 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.
- Immigration forms are free, meaning you should not be charged for them. They can be found at www.uscis.gov/forms.
- If you have paid someone for immigration services and believe you have fallen victim to fraud, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by visiting www.ftc.gov/complaint.
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