Only lawyers can give you legal advice and represent you in
court. Before selecting a lawyer, you should find out if he or she has been
disciplined, suspended or expelled from his or her professional association for
breaking the rules for lawyers. Note: You should use a lawyer who is
licensed in the state where you reside. To find a Maryland lawyer who
works on immigration matters and is allowed to charge a fee to help you, go to
www.ailalawyer.com and see
the list provided for Maryland. To find an immigration lawyer in Maryland who
will provide services at no cost or at a low fee:
See the state-by-state list provided by the U.S. Department of
Justice by going to www.justice.gov/eoir/probono/states.htm and clicking on
Call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283 and ask about lawyers in
See the state-by-state list provided by the Immigration Advocates Network: https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/.
To confirm whether someone is a Maryland lawyer and
check if he or she is in good standing in Maryland or has been disciplined for
breaking the rules, call the Client Protection Fund at 410-630-8140. For a list
of lawyers who are no longer allowed to practice law, see the list provided by
the U.S. Department of Justice at www.justice.gov/eoir/discipline.htm.
If you choose to use an immigration consultant, please note
that he or she may NOT provide legal advice or legal services concerning an
immigration matter. This means an immigration consultant may NOT provide you
with immigration forms, complete immigration forms on your behalf, file
immigration forms on your behalf, advise you to file immigration forms or apply
for a benefit on your behalf.
An immigration consultant may NOT state that he or she can or
will obtain special favors from or has special influence with the U.S.
Departments of Homeland Security, Labor, State, Justice, Commerce or any other
State or Federal agency.
An immigration consultant may NOT collect fees or compensation
before services are performed.
An immigration consultant may NOT refuse to return documents
supplied, prepared or paid for by you.
An immigration consultant may NOT represent in any manner that
he or she possesses a title or credentials that would qualify him or her to
provide legal advice or services.
For more information on what an immigration consultant can and
cannot do, see Maryland Immigration Consultant Act, Md. Code Ann. COMMERCIAL LAW §§ 14-3301 to 14-3306 . For a list of immigration
consultants who have been previously disciplined, and for those who are currently suspended.
Accredited representatives are not lawyers. They work for an
organization that's officially recognized and authorized by the U.S. government
to give legal immigration advice. To find an accredited representative, visit www.justice.gov/eoir/recognized-organizations-and-accredited-representatives-roster-state-and-city. The people on this list are
accredited representatives for as long as they continue to work at the
organization named on the list. They may charge a fee to help you.
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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