Immigrants seeking advice for visas and other legal status must be aware of their rights. Any person providing immigration assistance services who is not a licensed attorney or a representative of a nonprofit organization recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals must register as an Immigration Services Provider with the Illinois Attorney General's office and submit verification of malpractice insurance or of a surety bond.
Signs must be posted at the Immigration Services Provider's office in English and the languages in which the office provides assistance. The signs must explain that the Immigration Services Provider is not an attorney and cannot give legal advice. The signs must also disclose the fees charged for services and contain a statement regarding your three day right of cancellation.
Immigration Services Providers:
You have 72 hours or three business days (excluding Sunday) after you sign your contract to cancel it. The Immigration Service Provider must tell you in the contract how you can cancel. Remember: Do not sign any papers you do not fully understand.
Immigration Services Providers completing immigration forms are allowed to charge the following fees:
For all other services, Immigration Services providers are not allowed to charge more than $5 per quarter hour ($20 per hour).
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