While immigration scams can come in many forms, the things that these scams generally have in common is that they:
- Target unsuspecting people who may be in serious need of help resolving their immigration issues
- Are aimed at stealing people’s money and/or identities
- Can be very damaging to people seeking an adjustment of their (or their loved ones’) immigration status.
Despite the problems that immigration scams can create for people, the good news is that having a little knowledge about these scams can go a long way to helping people identify and avoid them. In this three-part blog series, we will point out some specific tips to help you avoid immigration scams.
If you need any assistance resolving an immigration issue for yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to contact the trusted and experienced Los Angeles immigration attorneys at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C.
How to Avoid Immigration Scams: 7 Form Filing Tips
1 – Know the USCIS website.
The official website for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is www.uscis.gov. Do NOT submit your personal information, payment info and/or immigration forms to websites other than the official USCIS site for processing your immigration application, and be aware that the URL ending “.gov” is only for official government websites.
2 – Don’t pay for free forms.
USCIS never charges people to download forms to get their immigration applications started. In fact, USCIS typically will only charge you fees when you file your application, and the filing fees for submitting various immigration forms to USCIS are listed here. Be extremely cautious of moving forward with any “professional” or “organization” that is trying to get you to pay for free USCIS forms.
3 – Read USCIS instructions before completing and signing forms.
Prior to filling out and signing any immigration forms, always make sure that you thoroughly read and understand the instructions first. There can be some specific requirements for completing various forms, and:
- Making mistakes in completing these forms can lead to problems with your immigration application and/or case.
- Not signing forms can also create challenges and/or obstacles to the efficient processing of your immigration affairs.
- Signing immigration forms essentially means that you agree that the info contained therein is complete and accurate. So, make sure that you are only signing forms for which the previous statement is true.
Be sure to check out the upcoming second and third parts of this blog series for some more essential tips to help you avoid immigration scams.
Los Angeles, California Immigration Lawyers at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C.
At the Hanlon Law Group, P.C., our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have more than 15 years of experience successfully representing clients in various types of immigration cases, including those that involve the most basic immigration applications to those associated with extremely complicated federal court litigation.
To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today by calling (626) 765-4641 or (866) 489-7612 or by emailing us using the form at the upper right-hand side of the screen. From our office in Pasadena, we serve clients throughout the Los Angeles area, across the state of California and from around the world.
We offer free, confidential initial consultations to provide potential clients with expert advice regarding their immigration law needs. Additionally, we are able to provide immigration legal services in various languages, including in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesian, Tagalog and Fukienese.