Scams Against Immigrants – Don’t Become a Victim of Immigration Fraud

The wrong immigration help can hurt. There are a lot of scammers who catch hold of people looking to file immigration forms with USCIS and extract money from them. They also promise that they can make the process faster using their authority. But no one can do that; USCIS will process applications and petitions in the order that the agency receives them. If someone asks you to transfer money via money gram or western union and promises to speed up the process, do not do so. It is a scam.

Scams Against Immigrants

Check out the following example of immigration fraud.

One of our fans on Facebook sent us the following email.

I am from the Philippines and Mr Dawson (name has been changed) from the U.S. hired me as a nanny. He referred me to the USCIS and asked me to fill up the U.S. work visa form. He mailed me the work visa application and after I sent him back the completed form, he asked me to make the payment (she is not sure of the form that she has completed). He asked me to pay $315 via money gram or western union. unitedstatescis@usa.com, this is the email id he shared with me saying that it is the email id of the USCIS. He also told me that he is serving the U.S. armed forces and that he can make the process faster, for at least one month and that he can bring me to the U.S. sooner. unitedstatescis@usa.com is this really the email id of the USCIS and do I need to pay $315?

The USCIS does not require applicants to pay the application filing fees via money gram or western union. Moreover, no one can speed up the process. USCIS receives thousands of applications every day and it allots application receipt numbers to every form it receives. It will then process applications in the order the forms were received. Likewise, USCIS provides contact information on their website. You can check there to see if this email id, unitedstatescis@usa.com, is listed on their website.

This is one common example of immigration scam where the scammers promise to offer jobs to innocent people and ask them to pay a certain amount of money for their applications. If you receive such emails, do not respond. Remember that, USCIS will never contact you through email or call and ask you for any form of payment. We advise you not to give payment to anyone who claims to be an immigration officer and who sends you an email or calls you over the phone. Beware of immigration scams!