How to Protect Yourself

  • Always:
    • Request a written contract signed and dated by an immigration lawyer.
    • Request a receipt showing the date, the amount you paid, and the service you paid for.
    • Request the lawyer’s business card & website.
    • Ask that the lawyer explain documents and legal procedures to you.
    • Keep your original documents and only give copies to your lawyer.
    • Keep copies of any contracts, forms filed on your behalf, receipts, & any other documents.
    • You will get a receipt from U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) when you turn in your paperwork. Keep it!
      • It proves USCIS received your application or petition.
      • You will need the receipt to check on the status of your application.
  • Never:
    • Pay for blank government forms.
      • Government forms are FREE and can be accessed by anyone on the internet.
      • You may only have to pay when you submit the completed forms to the government.
    • Sign a blank form, or document that has false information in it.
    • Sign a document that you don’t understand.
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