Avoid US Citizenship Scams

Many people offer help with immigration services. Unfortunately, not all are authorized to do so. While many of these unauthorized practitioners mean well, all too many of them are out to rip you off. This is against the law and may be considered an immigration services scam.

Here are some tips to help avoid being scammed:

  • You never have to pay to download or receive any forms from USCIS.
  • Check for the .gov in the website url.
    • .gov websites are run by the government
    • Confirm any information found on a .com on a site with a .gov
  • Outside help is not necessary to file your forms
  • "Notario" and "Notario Publico" are NOT able to provide legal services in the US.
  • Licensed Attorney or BIA Accredited ONLY!
  • For help, call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283
  • Be familiar with some Common US Citizenship Scams.

Outside Help

There are a number of people or businesses that might offer you help applying for citizenship. Be careful whom you choose as there are risks involved with getting help from the wrong person or persons.

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May mean well, but may not be qualified to give legal advice or communicate with USCIS about your case May be trying to rip you off. Be Careful! Only licensed Attorney in Good Standing or person accredited by Board of Immigration Appeals is authorized to give legal advice.

Unauthorized Assistance leads to Unintended consequences

The use of unauthorized assistance may lead to some unintended consequences for you. Some such consequences include:

  • A delay in your application
  • Being charged unnecessary fees
  • Possibility of deportation

When possible, it is best to complete your application process yourself with with the assistance of authorized third parties.

The Wrong Help Can Hurt: Beware of Immigration Scams

Watch the video below to get some helpful tips on how to avoid some common immigration scams.

Avoid Scams

Many people offer help with immigration services. Unfortunately, not all are authorized to do so. While many of these unauthorized practitioners mean well, all too many of them are out to rip you off. This is against the law and may be considered an immigration services scam.

Immigration Scam Links

How to Avoid Scams » [uscis.gov]

Report Scams » [uscis.gov]

Visa Lottery Fraud » [state.gov]