The U.S. Office of Citizenship and Immigration
Services (U.S. C.I.S.) has announced it is accepting applications for the new
federal “deferred action” immigration program. Please protect yourself if you intend to hire someone to assist you in
filing the Application for Temporary Protected Status (U.S. C.I.S. Form I- 821)
and other required forms for this new program.
Only attorneys, and properly-accredited non-lawyer
representatives and agencies granted official recognition by the Board of
Immigration Appeals, are allowed to assist you in preparing immigration
documents, such as the I-821. For general information about immigration and
naturalization, go to www.uscis.gov.
To find an immigration attorney who is a member of the Colorado Bar
Association, go to www.cobar.org/directory. To find an immigration attorney who is a
member of the Colorado American Immigration Lawyers Association, go to www.ailacolorado.org.
For a current list of non-lawyer accredited representatives and agencies authorized
by federal law to provide low-cost assistance, go to www.uscis.gov/legaladvice. For a link to the U.S.C.I.S. site that
provides a copy of the Application For Temporary Protected Status and instructions, go to: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
In many other countries, the word “notario” means that an
individual is an attorney, but that is not true in the United States. Individuals seeking help with immigration
questions should be very careful before paying money to non-attorneys.
Notarios, notaries public, and immigration consultants may NOT
give you legal advice on what immigration benefit you may apply for or what to say
in an immigration interview. These individuals may NOT hold themselves out as
qualified in legal matters or in immigration and naturalization services. If you have paid money to a “notario” or
“immigration consultant” for assistance in preparing your immigration
documents, you may be entitled to a refund from such individual.
If a notary public or immigration consultant has performed legal
work for you, you should call the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney
Regulation to file
an unauthorized practice of law complaint. The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel investigates every complaint, and may be able to help you
get a refund. The Colorado Secretary of State regulates notaries public. If you believe a notary public has acted improperly, you can also file a complaint with the Secretary of State.
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