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SFAA Opposing California Bill that Eliminates Immigration Consultant Bond

Wednesday, August 2, 2017  

SFAA Opposing California Bill that Eliminates Immigration Consultant Bond

SFAA opposes California AB 638, which would restrict the persons and entities that can be an immigration consultant and repeal the bond requirement in the current law. The bill provides that only attorneys, paralegals and organizations accredited by the United States Board of Immigration Appeals could be immigration consultants. Under existing law, immigration consultants, notaries public, attorneys and organizations accredited by the United States Board of Immigration Appeals may provide immigration consulting services and charge for them. The law requires these persons to post a $100,000 surety bond for the benefit of any person “damaged by any fraud, misstatement, misrepresentation, unlawful act or omission, or failure to provide the services of the immigration consultant . . . .” SFAA submitted a letter to explain the prequalification of such consultants in the underwriting of the bond allow more qualified persons and entities to provide these services and protects against fraud and other abuses.

Members should visit Government Relations / General Info (Members) for more information.



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