If you are planning on using an immigration consultant that is not from this site then you need to read this
If you need help with your immigration status, be careful who you see. Only lawyers licensed to practice in state or federal courts can give legal advice. Lawyers or representatives accredited by the immigration court can represent you in immigration court. In California, notaries public, paralegals, accredited representatives and immigration consultants are not necessarily lawyers.
It is against the law for an immigration consultant to give legal advice. An immigration consultant can only give you non-legal help, like translating your answers to the questions on U.S. Citizenship or Immigration Services (USCIS) forms, getting copies of supporting documents, and, if you may ask them to, submitting the forms to the INS. Only an attorney can give you legal advice, such as advising you about what forms to file with the INS.
Visit Attorney General's Office of Immigrant Assistance to find publications in these languages:
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Scam artists can cause you to lose thousands of dollars and harm your immigration status. If you need a lawyer, check with the State Bar of California or local bar associations. An immigration Consultant may cost as much as an attorney in the end.
Some common scams:
For Questions and to Report Complaints:
Office of Immigrant Assistance
Local District Attorney
Check your local telephone directory under County Government, or check the California District Attorneys Associations website.
To Verify An Immigration Consultant Has a $100,000 Bond:
For A List of Accredited Representatives:
State & Federal Laws
You can search California laws on the Internet
View a checklist of significant California consumer laws
Search U.S. laws on the Internet at U.S. Code
Checklist for working with a Lawyer or Immigration Consultant
Professional Organizations and Governmental Agencies
Here are Some More Important Resources
AR-11 Change of Address
G-325A Biographic Information
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion
I-485A Supplement A to Form I-485
I-912 Request for Fee Waiver
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