The job quality of the work that an attorney does affects the result of your case. When immigration has the discretion of approving or denying a case, the quality of the preparation is fundamental. The bad quality jobs that notaries and immigration consultants carry out can cause irreparable damages to your immigration case.
Some of the most common problems that notaries cause are:
- Cases denied due to the bad quality of the job
- Incorrect forms and unnecessary payments
- Incomplete information due to missing key evidence
- A lot of the people who have been deported or are in the deportation process were convinced by a notary that they qualified for some immigration benefit. Don’t fall for it!
If you sign legal immigration documents, you are responsible for its contents. If the notary puts false information and you sign without knowing, the USCIS can hold you responsible and deny your case for fraud. If immigration concludes that you lied in any immigration process, it can also jeopardize future processes.
The immigration laws have changed a lot in the past 15 years. Processes that were simple in the past have gotten more complicated due to changes in the law. It is the attorneys’ and accredited representatives’ responsibility to maintain up to date with the changes in immigration laws. Notaries/consultants are not familiar with immigration laws because they don’t have education/professional credentials of any kind.
A lot of fraud victims claim they worked with the same notary that arranged a family member or friend’s papers. If a notary managed to process residency for someone that you know, don’t trust that the same will happen in your case.
Another case that fraud victims often mention is that they thought process was simple and so they did not need an attorney. That may be true, but if you yourself can’t fill out the forms, seek legitimate advice from nonprofit organizations with attorneys or accredited personnel to help you. Don’t leave your legal status in the hands of a criminal!
The reason why a notary can’t offer legal immigration services is very simple. In the same way that you would not allow a person without a license to practice medicine perform a surgery, you should not allow a person not licensed to practice immigration law to help you with your legal case.