CNMI Immigration: Myth or Fact
There are many rumors circulating in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) about immigration benefits. USCIS provides some facts in response to some myths about the federal immigration transition in the CNMI.
Who Can Help You
By law, the only people who may give you this legal advice or represent you before USCIS are:
To confirm that an attorney or BIA-accredited representative is eligible to represent you before USCIS, visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams.
Beware of Immigration Scams
Sometimes people pretend to be “immigration experts” to deceive you and take your money. This is against the law. Scammers often make promises that sound too good to be true. They may tell you that they have a special relationship with the government, or can get you an immigration benefit, like a work permit or green card quickly, or that they can help you get a benefit for which you are not eligible. Do not be fooled by these scammers.
Sometimes websites that look very professional can lead you to a scam. Remember that the USCIS site contains “.gov.” Scammers also advertise in phone books, fliers and on signs in stores. They may take advantage of radio stations and newspapers to advertise through the media. They may also be recommended by someone you know. Be careful. Before going to someone selling immigration advice, find out first if he or she is an attorney or BIA- accredited representative. Even a well-meaning friend, neighbor or family member can give you advice that will hurt you.
Learn the facts about how to protect you and your family on our ‘Avoid’ Scams’ page. To report immigration fraud, please call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at 1-877-347-2423.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 10/12/2011