These past few weeks, our Salt Lake City green card attorney from Familia America Immigration has received countless complaints from our readers asking about a new green card scam sending applicants approval notices. “But why is this scam?” you might be wondering.
From the looks of it, the approval notice looks real and genuine, which is why many unsuspecting people fall for the new scam so easily. The fake green card approval notice starts with the opening sentence, “Welcome to the United States of America,” and, as you can imagine, the person who has waited for this approval notice for months or even years is so excited that he or she does not think even for a second that there could be something wrong with the notice.
In fact, these fake approval notices have been crafted in such a skillful manner that only an experienced green card attorney in Salt Lake City or elsewhere in Utah can spot a fake green card approval notice when he or she sees one.
Who’s behind the new green card scam?
More often than not, such fake approval notices are sent out by immigration law firms or immigration consultancy groups, which claim to “help” people obtain a green card in exchange for a certain sum of money. Oftentimes, people are being charged over $20,000 for legal services with the promise to help them get a green card.
After paying such an immigration law firm, the person seeking to obtain a green card actually receives a genuine notice from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asking them to visit their office to be fingerprinted for work authorization in the U.S.
And that person is actually taken to one of the USCIS offices to have their fingerprints taken. But here is the deal: this is all just part of the scam to make it look like the whole process is legitimate and genuine. After all, what can possibly go wrong if the USCIS is already fingerprinting you for work authorization in the U.S.?
What’s the green card scam all about?
But here is what’s going on in reality. The immigration law firm or consultancy firm had never filed an application for green card. In reality, the firm files an application for political asylum, because the notice asking the applicant to visit the USCIS office is coded “C08,” which is the code for work permit when a person has a pending political asylum application.
After having their fingerprints taken, the victim of the green card scam keeps hearing excuses from the consultancy firm, which is trying to convince the victim that their request is still pending and there is nothing they can do because the USCIS makes the final decision.
But then it arrives: the fake approval notice for adjustment of status. Even though the person seeking to obtain a green card is not eligible for adjustment of status and never actually applied for it, the victim of the green card scam is too excited, having read the words “Welcome to the United States of America,” to make sense of things.
Victims of this green card scam are scammed out of thousands of dollars. But that’s only half of the problem. “Wait, can it possibly get any worse?” you may be wondering. “It can,” says our Salt Lake City green card attorney from Familia America Immigration.
In the worst-case scenario, the USCIS could call the person applying for political asylum and invite him or her for interview, deny the asylum, and put the applicant in deportation and removal from the country. Do not become a victim of the new green card scam. Consult with our lawyers from Familia America Immigration to ensure that you are not a victim of the scam. Call our offices at 801-656-9605 to get a free consultation.