We wanted to touch on a national initiative that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has undertaken to combat fraud related to immigration services provided by non-attorneys.
Malfeasance related to immigration services provided by those not licensed to practice law is a serious issue and it's important our readers are aware of what the government is doing to tackle the problem.
This year the USCIS has launched a program that aggressively targets scam agencies which prey on the immigrant community by promising unrealistic servicers. Unusually fast acquisition of green cards and work permits are offered using email and word mouth, among other means.
The initiative focuses on enforcement and education, along with collaboration with those in the community. USCIS is targeting unauthorized practice of immigration law and is setting up a database to better manage consumer complaints.
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice Tony West said: "This coordinated initiative targets those who prey on immigrant communities by making promises they do not keep and charging for services they are not qualified to provide."