Living in the United States is a lifelong dream of many immigrants who come to the US from all over the world in the hopes of living better lives. However, immigrating to the US permanently is also a long process after being eligible for a US visa program. It requires you to be very diligent when it comes to filing paperwork, taking tests and attending interviews.
This can be quite an overwhelming process. It also makes you vulnerable to immigration scammers who are looking to take advantage of desperate immigrants. However, falling prey to such scammers may cause you serious stress, the loss of money and even serious consequences on your particular visa application and future efforts.
Immigrants are easier to target as they are unfamiliar with the US immigration process and are usually anxious to get any help. Sometimes, they don’t speak English and are not familiar with the cultural norms, making it easier to prey on them and take advantage of their vulnerability.
How to Spot an Immigration Scammer in General?
Their Sales Pitch is Too Good or Too Easy
It isn’t too hard to spot an immigration scam, especially if you know what you are dealing with. For example, if the news presented to you is too good or too easy to be true, then it probably is. If you approached by an immigration consultant and they inform you that you do not qualify for a Green Card but you later receive an email or a phone call claiming that they can get you one, it is clear that you are being scammed.
They Provided a Guarantee
If you are being provided a “guarantee” of any kind regarding an immigration process, then this is a red flag. There is no guarantee that you will receive a Green Card or any other US visa approval.
Not Providing Details About Eligibility or the Process of Your US Visa
It is a scam if they fail to provide you with any information about the process or your eligibility. Immigration scammers will simply claim that you will get a Green Card or a work permit. Asking for details can save you a lot of trouble and from getting scammed out of your money.