Beware of notarios and other so called “professionals”
Every year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants come to the United States seeking opportunities of a better life. However, the dream can turn into a nightmare if those immigrants don’t follow certain rules, and it is not uncommon to see immigrants being deported for mistakes that could have been avoided.
The immigration laws in the United States are extremely complex. Filing an immigration application involves a lot more than simply filling out forms. A comprehensive evaluation of the applicant’s immigration and criminal histories is very important in an attempt to avoid bad results.
Unfortunately, it is very common to see certain “professionals” taking advantage of the immigrants’ lack of knowledge. In a desperate attempt to find someone who will tell them what they want to hear, many immigrants fall prey to these “professionals,” who can be licensed attorneys or not. In reality, those “professionals” are only interested in taking the immigrant’s money and could care less about how their actions would affect the immigrant and his/her family.
An immigrant’s decision of hiring these types of “professionals” is likely based on price. However, more often than not the cheap turns a lot more expensive because the immigrant ends up having to hire a real professional to fix all the mistakes initially made, if they’re in fact fixable. Don’t be one of their victims. Hire competent counsel to help you. You are encouraged to do your homework, see 2-3 different experienced immigration attorneys, and pick the one with whom you feel most comfortable. Your homework will pay off in the end.