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The Risk of Using a "Notario" for Your Immigration Case

The Risk of Using a "Notario" for Your Immigration Case

It is natural to seek help from people when you’re trying to immigrate to the United States. The process can be confusing and overwhelming, and there is always an underlying feeling like you’re not doing something correctly. As an immigration law firm, we are all too familiar with what our clients go through to find a new life in the United States. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of immigrants and make promises that they cannot keep to help someone legalize their status in America. In this article, we are going to take a look at the role of “notarios” in the immigration process and why you may want to avoid them.

Notarios Defined

Notarios are often referred to as “notary public” in America which has little (if anything) to do with immigrating to the United States. Notarios in Mexico, Latin America, and Spanish speaking communities advertise that they can help people immigrate to the U.S. The confusion comes because notarios in other countries often have authority to provide legal services to the public (sometimes with immigration.) Often, it isn’t the right kind of legal services that can actually help people and their legal immigration cases. In America especially, notary public (notarios) cannot practice immigration law.

The Risk involved in Hiring a Notario in America

When someone is certified in America to be a Notary Public, they often will tell potential immigrant clients they can practice immigration law in the U.S. This isn’t true. These persons are now often referring to themselves as immigration or visa consultants.

Some notarios might even honestly want to help you immigrate to the U.S., but they can often hurt your case by presenting the wrong information or not doing legal tasks properly. This can sometimes permanently impact your ability to move to the U.S. Other notarios, who are nothing more than a scam, will also charge you fees for things that are often free, like applications and other documents that are available for free on government websites.

Qualified Immigration Legal Services

The only person who is qualified to work on a legal immigration case is an immigration lawyer. These can be asylum lawyers, green card attorneys, visa lawyers or immigration law firms like those at Landerholm Immigration. Before submitting any paperwork with USCIS, you should work with an immigration attorney to be sure it is done correctly. How can Landerholm Immigration help you with your case? If you’re unsure but know you need help, we are here for you. Give us a call today or reach out to us online and let’s started on your immigration case.


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