There are numerous people trying to find a way to help those who want to live in the United States legally. However, many of these people operate in an illegal manner. They could provide or create work visas so that immigrants can get a job. There’s nothing wrong with immigrants working, but they need to have the legal documentation to get and maintain a job instead of getting illegal documents that have been made. Another way that immigration fraud can be committed is when someone changes that status of the immigrant. An example would be updating the paperwork of the immigrant to make it seem like the person is in the country legally when that person isn’t. It’s often easy for someone to commit immigration fraud because the victim is usually someone who doesn’t speak or write English very well. The person could get confused about all of the paperwork that is being completed or the process of being in the country legally, so that person will follow the lead of someone who claims to want to try to offer help.
Most of the people who solicit services of immigration are not authorized to practice any kind of law, but there are some who are attorneys or who work in other areas of the criminal justice system who commit fraud. Forms needed for immigrants are usually offered for free by the government, but someone who is committing fraud will likely charge a fee. They will also offer promises to the immigrant to get the petitions and paperwork completed as quickly as possible with fees being charged that have nothing to do with the immigration process. Most of the time, people who commit immigrants mean to do well by helping others, but they are caught up in making money off of someone who doesn’t understand the legal process.
Some businesses will offer services to immigrants that will expedite the documents needed for them to stay in the country legally. The business will take the money that the person pays without completing any kind of paperwork at all or spend a lengthy period of time getting everything processed. These documents can include green cards, visas, and records for employment. If the paperwork isn’t processed in a timely manner, it could mean trouble for the immigrant in the form of deportation even after money has been given to the business.
Businesses will usually charge more money than a government business would charge and claim that they can process paperwork faster than the government can, but this information is not true. Processors have no control over how long it takes for documents to be approved and completed. An attorney who specializes in immigration is the best option for getting all of the proper paperwork recorded and filed.
There are websites across the internet that claim to offer assistance to immigrants who are trying to get into or stay in the country legally. These websites are often fake with the people operating them simply trying to get money from people using the services that are provided. The sites will have forms that look like the same ones offered by the government but with fees required before the forms can be printed or filed. A federal government secured website is the best place to look if an immigrant wants to complete information online. However, the person should consult with an attorney before filing anything online just to be safe.
One way that companies commit immigration fraud is by offering a visa lottery. This method of fraud is committed by offering a certain number of free visas or visas for a low fee to those who are trying to get into the country. This type of fraud is often reserved for immigrants coming from a country with fewer immigrants instead of countries that have larger numbers of people trying to move.
At times, the immigrant could commit the fraudulent act. The person could falsify information that is put on the documents that are filed. Another way for the immigrant to commit fraud is to knowingly work with someone who files false paperwork to expedite the process of legally being in the country.
If you have been convicted of immigration fraud, you need to consult with an attorney who can help. The attorney will look at the type of fraud committed and whether it was intentional or whether you made mistakes in processing the immigration paperwork. An attorney can sometimes get the charges reduced if the immigrant has the paperwork processed legally or if all paperwork is surrendered.
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