Attorney General Andrew Cuomo obtained a temporary restraining order against the International Immigrants Foundation, Inc. (“IIF”), International Professional Association, Inc. (“IPA”), and their President Edward Juarez.
The Attorney General seeks to prevent these organizations from continuing their fraudulent practices and seeks restitution for victims. These companies are alleged to have defrauded immigrants with false promises of citizenship, engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, and illegally charging exorbitant fees for services.
“These businesses make millions of dollars by exploiting the dreams of New York’s immigrant community,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “By lying about their ability to provide legitimate legal services, these organizations threaten to devastate families and their hopes of a new life. We intend to hold these organizations accountable for their actions and their blatant disregard for the people they claim to help.”
Companies that provide immigration services illegally by engaging in the unauthorized practice of law is a major issue in New York’s immigrant communities. There are literally hundreds of such services in New York’s Chinatown. Most do not get caught.
Be aware that if you hire an immigration service that is not a law firm, they will not be able to represent you at any hearing before the USCIS.
The Law Office of Frederic R. Abramson practices immigration law. If you have any questions regarding your immigration matter call me at 212-233-0666.