Q. I am not an attorney. Can I open an immigration consulting office, charging for my service?
A. No. You would be engaging in the “unauthorized practice of law” and you might face criminal charges. Each state has its own laws defining what is the unauthorized practice of law… In New Jersey, you would violate the law if you give legal advice or prepare, review or complete immigration forms. New York State has similar laws (Local Law 31)… Non-attorneys may practice immigration law for a fee only if they are accredited and work for a not-for-profit agency who is recognized to provide immigration law services by the Board of Immigration Appeals.
- D.C. Man Convicted of Unauthorized Practice of Law for Two Decades (legaltimes.typepad.com)
- Immigrants Warned of Fraud on Deferred Action for Undocumented Youth (newamericamedia.org)
- Deferred action for immigrants requires immediate hard work (denverpost.com)
- 72,000 DACA Requests Have Been Received by USCIS (immigrationprofblog)
- My husband was denied a visa and told he has to stay in Mexico for 10 years before he can reapply. Can we do anything? (immigrationanswerman.com)