Frauds can lead immigrants to very serious consequences in the United States.

Violating federal immigration laws can result in disastrous and even irreversible consequences. A person applying for permanent residency, or even someone who has already obtained a Green Card, may become ineligible and even have it canceled if they violate laws in the United States.

Violations can occur in various ways, from illegal entry into the country, fraudulent marriages, ghost businesses, to crimes of moral turpitude. Every day, cases such as fraudulent marriages are investigated, and when confirmed, they can lead to the arrest of the American citizen and the deportation of the Green Card holder. Fake companies created for obtaining work visas are also targeted by immigration agents, and when identified, they can lead to deportation and a ban on reentering the United States.

There are also cases of scams with false promises from companies offering work visas to immigrants who end up paying fortunes to be hired. Immigration lawyer Ingrid Domingues McConville, with 28 years of experience, warns that scams are common, and people need to be suspicious of anything that is “easy, fast, cheap, and guaranteed.” There is no quick and guaranteed work process. Moreover, the entire process is handled by the company through a lawyer, and the candidate is only informed to attend an interview at the consulate in their country when authorized by the U.S. immigration department.

Another problem involving promises to obtain the Green Card in a “cheaper” or faster way is the promises of notary publics and paralegals, who are not authorized or qualified to offer any legal services related to immigration. It is against the law in any state for anyone to act as a lawyer without a license – it is a crime. And it has happened a lot, leading people to lose money, homes, and even family members.

Immigrants become residents of the United States if they can demonstrate that they meet the criteria for certain visa categories based on family relationships, employment, investment, special skills, qualified professionals, etc.

Achieving the coveted Green Card or being able to reside legally in the United States through legal means requires a lot of work, attention, and care, which only a suitable, experienced, and truly accredited professional is capable of providing.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) analyze about 550 tips, clues, cases, and detection of possible frauds, public safety, and national security issues per day!

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  • Ingrid Domingues-McConville founded DM VISA LAW – Domingues McConville, P.A. in 1995. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995 and a member of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Ingrid earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. With 28 years of experience in Immigration Law, Ingrid has represented clients throughout the United States and worldwide, both in business and family immigration matters. She has helped companies and individuals obtain visas and permanent residence in the United States. Ingrid plays a significant leadership role in the Brazilian community in South Florida and across the United States, providing much-needed guidance and legal advice.