How to Avoid Scams When Seeking Immigration to the United States

William (not his real name), an Asian stockbroker, has long wanted to immigrate to the United States to seek the fulfillment of his dreams. Unfortunately, after spending a huge sum of money, all his hopes and dreams vanished in thin air when he discovered that he was duped into believing some scam artists who prey on the likes of Williams.

Deal only with legitimate firms

There are several ways of ascertaining that your application will be valid and legal. The primary step is to seek reputable and established immigration law firms that will help you process and facilitate your application for immigrations. Niren and Associates with 22 Immigration Offices in Canada and the United States has been continuously providing quality assistance and services to its clients willing to live and work both in Canada and the United States.

What’s the catch with cheap consultations?

Going to the wrong places or asking the wrong person can make your immigration dream a nightmare.

  • Inappropriate advice can cause delay in your immigration application or petition.

  • You will lose considerable time going through the wrong process or producing the wrong documents simply because you sought the assistance of individuals or groups that are not licensed or authorized to perform legal consultations practices.

  • Scams could also result in you spending more instead of saving costs for your applications or petitions.

  • Following the wrong advice may also technically lead to removal proceedings or getting yourself blacklisted from entering or working in the country you desire or preventing your relatives from joining you in the country.

Common Impression to common mistakes

There is a common impression that seeking the assistance of a reputable and established law firm, like Niren & Associates, is a very expensive undertaking. On the contrary, by seeking fly-by-night crooked immigration consultants, it will actually double or triple your expenses as these individuals or groups will ask you to shell out money for spurious transactions that are not really needed in the processing of your application or petition.

10 Tips to Remember Before Filing Your Application to Avoid Getting Scam:

  1. Check the official site of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS.

  2. Forms can be downloaded free from the official USCIS website, and are not for sale.

  3. Read the form instructions before completing the form. Remember to fill in all required fields and send in any required documentation.

  4. You must sign your form before sending it to the USCIS or to your licensed immigration lawyer who will file the form on your behalf.

  5. Before you sign an immigration form, make sure that you understand it and that the information on it is true and accurate. If you are backed by an immigration attorney, you will be properly guided on how to complete the form.

  6. Never sign blank forms.

  7. USCIS required you to pay a filing fee for most forms.

  8. You can pay filing fees with a money order, certified check or valid credit card.

  9. Make sure you get a receipt for any payment you make to an attorney or accredited representative.

  10. Keep copies of all forms and other documents that you file with USCIS.

Things to Remember After Filing Your Documents:

  1. USCIS will mail your receipt after your application has been received. Make sure to keep the receipt for your records.

  2. Use the receipt number on your receipt to track the status of your application online.

  3. If you have questions about your application, you can ask your immigration lawyer to make an infopass appointment to visit a USCIS office and speak with an immigration officer.

Best gameplan to avoid scam Artists

The best way to ensure that you will follow the correct steps in the filing of your application is to secure the assistance of a reputable immigration law firm like Niren & Associates. Niren & Associates with its corporate office in 20 Eglinton  Avenue West (Suite 2202) tel. 1-416-410-7484; toll free 1-866-929-0991; email: has 22 immigration offices in several key cities in the United States and in Canada including New York, Washington, Chicago, Ottawa, Toronto among others.

The fate of William is a common experience among many immigrants or individuals with immigration concerns and it is bound to happen again. Do the right thing to avoid being a victim of immigration scam. Seek professional assistance now and make your dream come true.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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