1. Make Sure The Immigration Consultant is Authorized :
Always be cautious when dealing with visa agents and consultants. Only trust registered and well-experienced consultants that have a good market reputation.
2. Spot Internet, Email and Telephone Immigration Scams:
Scammers often use advanced technology for cloning official websites and masking numbers. When a call is made by the scammer, it seems to the visa applicant that the call has been placed by the official channels. It is indeed hard to tell the difference
3. If Paying For Immigration Services, Make Sure The Representative is Authorized :
Immigration applicants are not required to hire a representative for an immigration application, but if the applicant chooses to use a representative, choose carefully. Only authorized representatives can charge a fee to help applicants apply.
4. Newcomers Are Susceptible to Fraud:
If someone tells you that they alone can do something when all the other agencies have told you they cannot- it’s most probably fraudulent advice. Although it may be what you want to hear, remember that fraudulent practitioners are extremely skilled at baiting the hook and that you are the fish.
5. Avoid signing blank documents at any situation:
Make sure of what you are signing; try not to sign blank forms unless you check the title and number of each form signed. (These form numbers can be found on the bottom left hand corner of every CIS form, they usually begin with an I, N or G followed by three numbers.) Department of State forms begin with DS or OF.
6. Double check the person’s stated credentials:
Always double check the person’s (or business’) credentials with the appropriate agency. A good place to start is the Better Business Bureau.If you are working with someone who has told you that he or she is a lawyer, then double check that the person is, in fact, licensed to practice immigration law in your state (you can check with your state’s bar association, which will also keep records of whether a person has had any official censures filed against him).
Alternatively, if you are working with a non-attorney, make sure the individual you are working with is recognized by the Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals.If, after checking with these agencies, you find out that a person doesn’t have the licenses or credentials that he has claimed to possess, then you are likely dealing with someone who is trying to pull an immigration fraud scam on you, and you should not deal with this person any longer
7. Keep copies of all of your paperwork:
Never hand over all of your important immigration documents to someone without retaining copies for yourself. If you are told by a person or business that you don’t need to make copies, take this as a huge red flag that you are likely interacting with a con artist who is trying to take your money and/or steal your identity.
8. Get a second opinion:
If you ever have a question about what a so-called professional has told you or you think that you may have been given bad advice, it’s always a smart idea to get a second opinion. Reputable professionals who are interested in helping you will generally provide you with preliminary advice about your case for free and can help you figure out if you may be in the crosshairs of an immigration fraud scam.
9. Never sign an application with false information :
Whenever you have been asked to sign a form, make sure you fully read that form so that you know what you are signing. Your signature can provide powerful legal authorization to a person or a business, and if you end up signing a form that isn’t properly completed, you may even inadvertently perjure yourself (which could cause your immigration application or petition to be denied).
Additionally, in the spirit of this tip, never sign a blank form, as that could give a scam artist or fraudulent business the opportunity to complete the form with erroneous information on your behalf, again only hurting your case.
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