Too many clients come into my office after their case was mishandled by a notario. Notarios are individuals who purport to be authorized to assist with immigration applications and/or filing on your behalf, but instead, are not. My advice to clients is to ALWAYS request to see the person’s credentials who is offering to “help” you. That is, request to see their Bar Card or Law license. Either the individual will present documentation establishing their authorization to assist you with your immigration case or they will not be able to do so. If they become angry, frustrated, or flustered, this is a clear indication for you to go elsewhere.
Protect yourself from these notarios who are taking advantage of countless clients humbly seeking immigration advice/assistance.
Find more information at USCIS’s web page on avoiding these type of scams here.