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If you're looking for help with an immigration issue and want to hire an immigration consultant rather than an attorney, it's important to understand what an immigration consultant can and cannot do for you.
Immigration Consultants Can
Immigration Consultants Cannot
Attorneys or accredited representatives must be registered with the Executive Office of Immigration Review before appearing in Immigration Court.
In some Latinx communities, immigration consultants and other nonattorneys advertise their services as notarios or notarios públicos. Consumers can be confused by this title, because in some countries, notarios have training similar to lawyers and can perform legal services in those countries.
In California, however, notaries public are not lawyers, but the Spanish translation is notario or notario publico. Notarios take advantage of this confusion to mislead or imply that they can provide advice or services and demand fees for services they are not legally allowed to offer, defrauding consumers of large amounts of money in the process.
Immigration consultants are not allowed to use the term notario or notario publico to advertise their services.
If you want to hire an immigration consultant, here are a few tips to avoid fraud: