Many Indians aspire to go to overseas countries. There are numerous immigration consultants today for the proper guidance of the immigrants. But nowadays, even some of the reputed agents also have started taking advantage of the innocent immigrants.
Hence, before you plan to hire any agent or paying any advance or lump sum amount of money to any agency, do a thorough investigation of the company along with your legal requirement for the immigration process. DO NOT BE A VICTIM OF FRAUD Immigration Consultants!
Save Yourself From The Fake Immigration Consultants And Fraudulent Impostors
Fake Promise 1- Not Even a Single Private Agent in India is linked to USCIS: It Is A US Government Entity
No person or private agency, whether small or big, can have a connection with USCIS as it is a service of United States DHS (Department of Homeland Security). So, if anyone brags about their association or special connection to USCIS through a known person, then be careful and start inquiring. Do not rely on anyone for fast delivery or guaranteed migration. If you feel things are too good to be true, ask questions.
Fake Promise 2- If you do not pass the eligibility criteria for the immigration process, then no agency or lawyer can help you in any way. Do not be fooled by liars and fake agents who make false promises.
Fake Promise 3– Check the Government Stamped Document of company or person who claim to be government contractor or in association with Indian or Canadian Legal System
Several real estate, travel and immigration agencies claim themselves to be “notary public” to provide guaranteed results regarding immigration services. Check their qualifications along with the copies of the bar certificate or BIA accreditation letter. Most of them do not have any government document and make false excuses. These types of fake agencies or people can be responsible for some severe damages, therefore, stay away from them.
Warning Flag 4 –Read Your Contract Carefully And Thoroughly
Before signing any contract, check the service offerings mentioned in the document you are eligible to get. Also, check the amount to be paid and the mode of payment. Do not hesitate to ask for references. If the contract is in English and not in your local language, then request the agent to get it in your native language. That’s your right.
Caution -5 Prefer Payment by Cheque , Never by Cash
If possible, pay the amount by cheque or other modes of payment, rather than cash price. Keep the original receipt safely as a proof of payment made.
Other Handy Precautionary Measures
- Do not ever sign the blank copy of any document whether application form or anything else.
- Safeguard yourself and your family from the Frauds and take effective measures.
- Make the proper inquiry. Do not hesitate to ask questions. Check every minute detail including their experience in the immigration field and client references. Also, see their license.
- Ask for formal quotations and other promises in writing.
- Look for recommended agents told by family and friends.
If any immigration agent or agency trick you or cheats on you, then contact your local district attorney from the Consumer Affairs Department of your area. You can also call the police regarding the matters of forgery regarding immigration consultants.
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