According to New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s office,
In a press release on
In the lawsuits, which are part of the Attorney General’s continuing investigation into immigration fraud; the Attorney General alleges that the three companies and their owners provided illegal advice and immigration services to Haitian immigrants because they are not lawyers. Non-lawyers are prohibited from providing legal advice or representing anyone before immigration authorities according to the Attorney General. Additionally, the companies are charge with charging their Haitian immigrant clients thousands of dollars for processing immigration applications that could be filed for free through a waiver.If you or your company is in the business of providing counseling or advise to immigrants, make sure that you and your business is properly structured and legally registered with the US immigration authorities and avoid the hassle of being sued. Now you know!
By Tom Okure, Ph.D