Immigration Consultant Bond
California requires that an immigration consultant file a $50,000 bond with the Secretary of State for a period of no less than two years. The bond guarantees that the consultant will operate their business in full compliance of the code. According the the California Department of Justice immigrants have been the victims of many scams.
Past Scams Include:
- Making false promises and implying he or she has special influence with the INS. Nobody can guarantee you a work permit or any other immigration benefit.
- Posing as an immigration consultant or lawyer when he or she is not qualified to do so.
- Taking a consumer’s money and not delivering any services.
- Persuading a consumer to lie on an application or to an INS agent.
- Keeping a consumer’s original documents and charging money to get the documents back.
- Filing a frivolous application. For example, filing an application for political asylum on behalf of a consumer who does not qualify for asylum.
- Charging the consumer a total price for all services up front, then demanding more and more money to continue doing work for the consumer