If you’re trying to obtain United States citizenship or permanent resident status, you may wish to work with a professional to make sure your application is accurate. However, you should be aware that there are some individuals who are not authorized to provide assistance with U.S. immigration. To avoid immigration scams, it’s best to consult an immigration lawyer. An immigration lawyer is licensed to provide legal services and will ensure that your application is error-free.

You can hear more about immigration scams and how to avoid them by watching this video presented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This video explains that you should never have to pay for the application forms, although you can pay a licensed attorney to help you fill them out and to provide you with legal advice. This video also explains the potential consequences of receiving immigration assistance from an unauthorized provider.