Many noncitizens who might otherwise gain legal status and
qualify for immigration benefits find they are permanently unable to obtain
United States citizenship because of the illegal actions of an unlicensed
immigration consultant. You might have been a victim of immigration fraud if the person
offering immigration assistance identified him or herself as a “notario,” “visa
consultant” or “licenciado.” In the United States, a notary is NOT a lawyer and
may not provide you with legal advice.
BE WARNED: While many legitimate community and
religious organizations provide immigration-related services, non-lawyers who
advertise as immigration consultants, notarios, notario publicos, or abogados
are neither authorized nor qualified to provide legal advice or legal services
concerning immigration matters.
In Spanish, the term "notario" refers to someone who can
provide certain limited legal services. In English, the term "notary" refers to
someone who can officially witness and authenticate signatures on documents. In
the United States, a notary is NOT authorized to provide legal advice or
services of any kind.
For free copies of immigration forms, visit www.uscis.gov/forms.
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