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Legal system a challenge for immigrants

Readers of our Staten Island blog know that the U.S. immigration system is a complex one filled with challenges for people who want to receive employment-based visas, permanent resident status or citizenship.

Those many challenges make it apparent why people seek assistance from experienced immigration attorneys familiar not only with the law, but with the paperwork and processes involved. The challenges also make it clear why unscrupulous fraudsters try to take advantage of immigrants in need of legal help. 

We read recently of a Kentucky case in which a woman distributed flyers advertising legal services. A Bowling Green police officer met with the woman, pretending to need help with legal matters.

She reportedly told him that she could help with immigration law, but the reality was that the woman was not an attorney. She has been indicted on a variety of charges involving theft by deception and unauthorized practice of law.

Many immigrants dream of one day becoming U.S. citizens. For them, that path begins with first attaining permanent resident status. After five years of lawful permanent resident status, they can apply for citizenship.

An immigration attorney quoted in the article said that immigrants who make even accidental false claims of citizenship run the risk of profound legal problems that can be difficult to unravel.

You can speak with an experienced immigration lawyer at the Law Offices of Stephen Santucci, PC, in New York or Pennsylvania.

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