Avoid Fraud

Immigration law is complicated. You can find a trustworthy, qualified immigration attorney to help you with your immigration matters. ActionNYC offers free legal screening for all immigrants in New York City. This free screening can connect you to a qualified immigration lawyer and can help you avoid fraud.

Schedule an ActionNYC legal screening or call 311 and say "ActionNYC."

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Anyone who is not a lawyer may not provide legal help. Only lawyers or someone who has gotten permission from the Department of Justice can give legal advice or tell you what you qualify for.

Many notario publicos, immigration "brokers," and immigration "consultants" are not lawyers and cannot give you legal advice.

Non-lawyers should only:

  • Translate and notarize your documents;
  • Help you obtain documents for applications;
  • Help you get medical tests or take your photo for immigration applications; and
  • Give you English language or citizenship classes.

If you want to report fraud, call the New York State Office of New Americans hotline. Help is available in over 200 languages. Call (800) 566-7636.

Additional Resources:

  • NYS Office of the Attorney General – Beware! Target List of Names (these individuals are prohibited from providing any immigration related service to the public)
  • New York State Office for New Americans – **New Americans Hotline:** Report immigration assistance fraud and schemes against immigrants at (800) 566-7636