AILA South Florida Warns Immigrants about the Dangers of Working with Notarios and Stresses the Importance of Qualified Representation

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As Congress continues to debate potential immigration reform legislation, one of the largest and most respected chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is cautioning immigrants about the serious legal and financial implications of working with notarios on their immigration and naturalization processes. The AILA South Florida Chapter is emphasizing that it is not only illegal for notarios to provide immigration advice or assistance, but that their critical errors can also lead to troublesome and often irreversible legal consequences.

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AILA South Florida has issued a serious warning cautioning foreign nationals about the grave financial and legal dangers of working with notarios on their immigration processes. According to the American Bar Association, without sufficient knowledge of immigration law or a law license, notarios often make critical errors that can cause permanent damage to immigrant families, creating financial distress and hurting their current and future chances at citizenship.*

Notarios are not recognized by the U.S. government or any State Bar Association as valid immigration law representatives and are not authorized to provide any immigration-related services. In fact, it is illegal for notarios to provide any type of immigration advice or assistance.*

Even worse, notarios frequently exploit the needs of immigrant families and con them out of their hard-earned money. Earlier this year, federal charges were filed in three separate cases of immigration scams affecting undocumented immigrants in South Florida.**

AILA has created a comprehensive consumer website that provides information and resources to immigrants to help them avoid being defrauded by a notario. also supplies information about where they can get help if harmed.

It is vitally important for immigrants to consult a licensed immigration attorney before taking any legal action involving their US immigration status. Only licensed immigration lawyers and accredited representatives are authorized and qualified to assist immigrants with the legal process. Proceeding without counsel from a knowledgeable, experienced attorney can lead to troublesome, and often even irreversible, complications during the legal process.

AILA South Florida recommends that individuals in need of immigration legal services seek the counsel of immigration lawyers, such as the members of AILA South Florida, who are licensed attorneys dedicated to the practice of immigration law. Licensed immigration attorneys are better equipped than notarios to advise foreign nationals about the potential benefits, risks and pitfalls of an immigration case, and to recommend appropriate courses of action.

About AILA South Florida
AILA South Florida is one of the largest and most respected chapters of the national American Immigration Lawyers Association. The organization’s attorneys are dedicated to providing personalized and high quality immigration law counsel to immigrants throughout South Florida. AILA South Florida attorneys strive to utilize their legal education, experience and specialized knowledge to effectively represent individuals in immigration legal matters based on each individual’s unique circumstances, immigration history and ultimate objectives. Learn more at


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