Immigration Fraud Bill Moving Through CA Senate

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A bill aimed at cracking down on immigration fraud is making its way through the California legislature.

The bill would effectively eliminate immigration consultants. Only lawyers or people who are approved by the federal government would be able to help with filling out immigration forms.  

Daniel Sharp, with the Central American Resource Center says consultants are wrongly giving legal advice when helping with forms.

“Consumers have questions. Do I qualify for a U-Visa?  Is my husband required to leave the country if I petition for him? Is it safe for me to even file an application?,” Sharp says.  “Those answers constitute legal advice and the consequences of getting it wrong are severe.”

Democratic Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, who sponsored the bill, agreed. She says these consultants should not be giving legal advice without a license.