Fighting Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law by Notarios

On March 3, 2016 Lloyd Bennett, Esq. attended a meeting at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ. The meeting was attended by representatives from the NJ Department of Consumer Affairs, Assistant US Attorney District of NJ, USCIS and the Administrative Office of the NJ Courts. The purpose was to discuss the effects that the unauthorized practice of law by "notarios" has upon the immigration community. All parties agreed that this issue is a serious problem in the immigrant community. Only attorneys and BIA accredited representatives are are allowed to give immigration advise, complete forms and appear before the USCIS. Its a third degree crime for anyone else to do so. We discussed what has been done in our community to combat this issue and new initiatives that will be undertaken.