Immigration Scams to Look Out for When Applying for DACA
Atlanta, GA—The DACA application process can be confusing for some which is why many often seek legal assistance so they don’t have to go through it alone. While there are plenty of reputable immigration attorneys available to assist a person who is looking to apply for DACA such as those at Kuck | Baxter Immigration, many are deterred from hiring a licensed lawyer after being convinced by individuals (i.e. notaries) who are unauthorized to practice law that they can help them at a lower cost.
How to Avoid an Immigration Scam When Applying for DACA
Immigration scammers have grown rather creative with the methods they use to deceive individuals who are simply looking for help with obtaining an immigration benefit. They might send an enticing email or call an individual who was recently looking online for legal help and offer services at a much lower cost than what a person would pay if they were to hire a licensed Atlanta, GA immigration attorney.
Unfortunately, because these individuals, often referred to as a notarios, aren’t licensed to provide legal advice or help, they will take a person’s money and fail to provide them with the services they thought they were paying for. So, if an individual in Atlanta is looking to apply for DACA or submit a renewal application, they are encouraged to take the following tips into consideration to avoid falling victim to a scammer.
- Avoid accepting help from someone who says they are a notario, notario público, or notary public, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). These individuals are not attorneys and are not qualified to provide legal advice or legal services.
- Steer clear of those who require a fee for blank government forms. If an individual says they charge a fee for immigration forms, this should serve as a red flag as the forms themselves are free.
- Avoid signing forms before filling them out. Individuals should never sign a blank form. Instead, they should wait until after they have filled them out completely to sign them. The FTC also says they shouldn’t sign anything they don’t understand.
There are many individuals today who are looking to collect money without providing services or gain access to a person’s personal information to use it to their benefit. These individuals, often referred to as scammers, should be avoided at all costs. If someone wants to apply for DACA but has legal questions or concerns, they should contact an immigration law firm in Atlanta that is qualified to provide them with the assistance they are seeking.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration is one firm that has been helping individuals for years and can be reached at 404-816-8611.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration can be reached at:
365 Northridge Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30350