“Notarios” or “immigration consultants” are
increasingly targeting immigrants throughout the United States, using
false advertising, fraudulent contracts, charging large sums of money,
and ultimately providing no help to individuals. Immigrants often turn
to notarios in hopes of gaining legal status or for assistance in
drafting other legal documents. In many cases, however, notarios ruin
any chance for immigrants to obtain legal status.
The resources on this page are intended to inform the public about
this dangerous practice and provide help to victims.
- Consumer video, “The Truth
Notarios,” from the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
The video is available in both English and Spanish formats.
- Consumer video, "Fight
Notario Fraud," is made available by the
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. The video is available in Spanish
- The American Bar Assocation offers consumer
resources about notario fraud on its
- The Federal Trade Commission's website offers resources to help
and avoid fraud against immigrants. The
information is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Creole,
Free: A Guide to Immigration
Immigration law, which sets forth the rules on when and how a non-U.S.
citizen may enter the country, is an integral part of our
society. This guide is intended to give you a broad understanding
of the process.