Immigration consultant fraud occurs when an individual who is neither a licensed attorney or a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited non-lawyer representative offers to provide services related to procuring an immigration benefit for an individual, family, or business. These individuals call themselves “notarios,” “notario publicos,” “visa consultants,” ” immigration consultants,” “licensiados,” and other terms in other languages. They take advantage of undocumented aliens, US business owners, legal permanent residents, and US citizens. They usually charge fees for their services but are not authorized to give legal advice about immigration law.
Learn more from the Virginia State Bar.