Some offices have a sign that reads “Immigration Consultant” with a bond number. Does that mean they have training and professional license to give immigration advice?

Definitely not! Due to the high rates of fraud among people who fill out immigration forms, California passed a law to protect immigrant consumers. This law requires all persons who fill out immigration forms to deposit a $50,000 bond. This bond money is available so that victims may recover money if they sue the immigration consultant. But the bond does not authorize the immigration consultant to offer any kind of legal advice (remember that giving legal advice includes answering questions such as “What immigration form should I file?” or “Am I eligible?”). If you have questions about your immigration case and an immigration consultant answers them, he is practicing law without a license in violation of the law. 

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