You want to settle in Kentucky. You need help as you begin this exciting new chapter in your life. Someone says they want to help you. Unfortunately, they may be more interested in helping themselves to your money.
The people who operate immigration scams may seem sincere. That is part of their scheme. Unless you are careful, they can get you into deep trouble.
What to do
Practice common sense. Your best sources for information are the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State. Do not trust businesses and websites that claim they have government connections.
You may still seek help because the process seems difficult to you. Make sure the person who is helping you has the proper authorization. Other tips:
- If you pay someone for their services, always get a receipt.
- If someone prepares documents for you, get copies.
- Organize your letters, notices, receipts and other paperwork. File them in a safe place.
- Immediately report suspected scams. If someone is trying to cheat you, chances are you are not their first victim. You will not be their last victim unless you help stop them.
What not to do
A scammer will try to gain your trust by making misleading promises. Ask questions. Demand straightforward answers. If you seek need help, never:
- Pay for immigration forms (Free forms are available from USCIS and USDOS)
- Sign blank or incomplete paperwork
- Sign paperwork containing false or incorrect information
- Send original documents in support of your application unless requested by USCIS
What is best for you
Even though you are not a United States citizen, you have rights. You can even handle your own immigration case, but the process can seem complicated.
You do not want to make innocent mistakes that damage your case. But be wary of anyone who says they are the only person who can help you. You have other options.