Citizenship – Common Immigration Fraud

Citizenship – Common Immigration Fraud


There are many types of immigration fraud
or “scams”. They mostly involve dishonest people trying to steal your money. Along with losing
money, these scams can cause you problems with immigration. Fraud can even get you deported
so don’t be tricked! Here are a few scams to avoid. The first scam we want to tell you about is
called the “10 Year Green Card” scam. With this one, the scammer says something
like: “If you’ve been in the United States for 10 years or more, you qualify to get a
green card. You need to pay me money to apply.” If someone tells you this lie, do not give
them any money. They cannot apply for you. Only a judge can allow you to stay in the
U.S. if you have lived here at least 10 years. It is very hard to get this approval, and
it has many requirements. You cannot apply for it, unless you are already in immigration
court. Another scam is the telephone scam. With this
one, the scammer calls your phone and says he’s from the Immigration Department. He
says there’s a problem with your naturalization application and that you need to pay a fee
using your credit card. He says that if you don’t pay now, your naturalization application
will be canceled. If you get a call like this, do not give them any money! USCIS will
never call you and ask for money on the phone. Protect your friends and family. People who
are undocumented are sometimes told lies or scammed. With this one, the scammer tells
people that they can fill out a form to get a work permit only, without applying for something
else with immigration. The scammer makes you pay money to apply. “You can just apply for
a work permit!” If someone tells you this, don’t do it! There is no such thing as only
applying for a work permit. The truth is that to get a work permit, you must apply for another
immigration benefit like asylum or lawful permanent residency. Ask the legal helper
what applications he or she wants to submit. Another scam is the “Disabled Child’ scam.
With this one, the scammer would say something like “If your child is sick or disabled,
and you’ve been in the U.S. for 10 years, you qualify to be a U.S. citizen.” If someone
tells you this, do not believe them. Do not give them any money because it is almost impossible
to qualify for this program. You can only apply if you are already in immigration court
and meet many requirements. Only a judge can allow you to stay in the U.S. if you have
lived here at least 10 years and can show that a family member will suffer hardship.
It is very difficult to get this approval, and it has many requirements. You cannot apply
for it, unless you are already in immigration court. This last scam we want to tell you about relates
to people who act like attorneys when they’re really not attorneys. In many Spanish-speaking
countries, an attorney is called a “notario.” In the United States, a notary public is not
an attorney. A notary public is only qualified to be an official witness when papers are
signed. A notary public cannot go with you to your interview with immigration and they
cannot go with you to court. Make sure you know if the person is an attorney and if he
or she is telling the truth. “I’m an attorney.” “No you’re not!” If a notary public
tells you that she can help you with your immigration paperwork, don’t do it. It is
important to find qualified help! Selecting legal providers carefully will protect
you and save you money.

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