When it comes to filing for any immigration benefits there is a substantial amount of paperwork involved. It would seem that everyone would hire a lawyer to process an immigration case, but that is not what always happens. In many places such as Paterson, New Jersey, there is a teeming "quasi" underground business of immigration forms preparation. In many instances, these businesses call themselves immigration consultants or Notario Publicos, and some even hide under the guise of travel agents and translations services, and other such businesses. They all charge less than licensed Paterson immigration lawyer, but they are unable to provide the service of a true immigration lawyer.
In Paterson, New Jersey, as in other cities and states, there are many such immigration consultants who offer to help obtain legal residency. Some of them are honest and hardworking and limit their work to forms preparation without to resorting to making believe that they are licensed New Jersey Immigration Lawyers. Some of the consultants are former employees of the Immigration Service or were U.S. consular employees. As there is NO LICENSE for immigration consultants and NO EXAMINATION needed, you can imagine the inconsistency in the quality of the work. Consultants, unlike a licensed Paterson Immigration Lawyer, are not subject to discipline by the Bar Association and normally cannot be held for damages for their work product.
One thing for sure, the immigration consultants, are not permitted to appear at an immigration hearing to represent a client. Not only can they not appear in front of an immigration examiner, they are not permitted to represent anyone in immigration court.
And there is no guarantee that when they complete the immigration forms that they know how to conduct a proper review, the way a licensed Paterson Immigration Lawyer would do, to prevent needless complications and possible deportation action. To make a complaint against an Immigration Consultant click here.
In the United States, Notaries are authorized to compare signatures and certify "notarize" that the signature on a form is that of the person who is named on the form, take oaths, or certifying a copy of the paper. But that is not so in many foreign countries. In Latin countries, Notarios hold an esteemed position very similar to lawyers. The Notario prepares documents and reviews their execution and in some countries may have the power of law.
New immigrants get confused and believe that an American Notary has the same power and place in our society as that of a Notario in their country. The immigrant believing that a Notario is like a licensed lawyer hires the Notario and in many cases, find themselves in "hot water." In the United States, most anyone can become a Notary Public, by filling out an application and taking a very simple test. To make a complaint against a Notario Publico click here.
Travel Agencies and Translation Services
There are some travel agencies and Translation services that go well beyond their corporate charter. They engage in similar activities, that the Notario Publico and the Immigration Consultants are doing by acting like a licensed Paterson Immigration lawyer. However, in most every case, these agencies do little more that type up the immigration forms, not knowing what the immigration service in truly asking in each question. In many cases, their clients do not get the "Green Card" they they believed was forthcoming, instead, they receive a Notice to Appear" for a deportation hearing in Immigration Court.
How to Select a licensed Paterson Immigration Lawyer
There are good reasons to hire a licensed Paterson Immigration Lawyer to handle your case. If you run into any problem during the process, you will need legal assistance to resolve it. If your immigration situation is complicated, there is even a greater reason to hire a licensed Paterson immigration lawyer.
If you're going to hire an immigration lawyer, you need to do your research. A good lawyer will be worth every penny you pay him, but a poor one may may wind up adding to your problems and costing a lot more in the long run.
Here are some tips to help you during your search.
Moses Apsan and his staff, based in New York City and Newark, NJ provide exceptional legal services throughout the world, in all aspects of immigration to the United States, including non-immigrant (temporary visas), immigrant visa (Green Card) and deportation defense. In addition Mr. Apsan, has been practicing Bankruptcy law and Divorce laws for over 35 years, He was the President of the Federal Bar Association, New Jersey Chapter (1997-2002). He speaks Portuguese and Spanish..