After a tip from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) apprehended a Tampa, Florida woman who was holding herself out as a licensed attorney. According to the report, Maria Virginia Constantinou, told immigrants that she was an attorney who could help them obtain immigration benefits from the federal government. After receiving “legal fees,” she falsified documents from USCIS to make the immigrants believe that paperwork had been submitted on their behalf. This case highlights the dangers of utilizing non-attorneys and notarios to handle your immigration matters. In many cases, these individuals are not familiar with the complexities of immigration law, and you and your loved ones will bear the brunt of their ignorance or outright fraud. Be careful, and go to an attorney you trust. To schedule a free consultation with an immigration attorney, call Johnstone Adams at (251) 432-7682 or toll-free at (866) 732-3267, or visit our Website.

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