You should be very careful about immigration fraud, especially with Public Notaries (Notarios in Spanish). People who are not allowed to give immigration advice may try to do so and this could seriously affect your immigration case.
Notary Publics known as Notarios in Spanish cannot give legal advice. They are not attorneys or accredited representatives.
Who can answer my immigration questions?
You should only trust the advice of these 2 immigration experts:
- Immigration attorneys
- Department of Justice (DOJ) Accredited Representative
A lawyer must have a license to practice law and a DOJ accredited representative must work for a non-profit organization that is approved by the Department of Justice. Ask for their current licenses when you meet with them. You can also ask them about their experience with immigration issues.
Reporting immigration fraud
You can report fraud to:
- The Office of the Attorney General of Illinois
- City of Chicago's Department of Consumer Services
311 (Number for Chicago Police)
For more information on immigration fraud, you can visit the following websites: