Immigration law blog

Avoid immigration / notario fraud

Many of our clients and many people in the Seattle area and throughout the U.S. have been victims of immigration fraud. A person must be a licensed attorney, admitted to a state bar in the U.S. in order to help you with immigration matters. The most common cases of fraud include a “notario” posing as an immigration expert or attorney and taking money to help you complete your immigration paperwork, or an immigration attorney taking payment and then never completing the work.

A notario is NOT an attorney. A licensed attorney will be able to show his/her bar number and/or bar card. On the other hand, a notario does not have the authority or the capability of properly assessing your immigration situation. To search for an attorney to ensure he/she is licensed and in good standing in Washington state, see here:

Because an immigration attorney only has to be licensed in any of the states in the U.S. and not necessarily the state he/she lives in, you can ask the attorney which state he/she is licensed in, and search the state’s bar directory accordingly.

For more information on notario and immigration fraud, please see this video recently produced by American Immigration Lawyers Association.

L.I.H. Law is a trusted immigration law firm with our office conveniently located in Seattle, near the Seattle Space Needle (2nd Ave and Denny Way).

Our well-respected attorneys exclusively practice immigration law, covering diverse topics: asylum, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), detention cases, fiancé visas (K-1 visas), green cards, immigration status for victims of domestic violence or other crimes, naturalization applications, and much more.

The immigration attorneys and professional staff at L.I.H. Law are dedicated to providing the right solutions to meet our clients’ immigration needs.  Our entire staff is fluent in Spanish and has served clientele from around the world.

Supporting our local immigration community is important to us. Our immigration lawyers and staff are active in volunteering for various community events and organizations, and conducting pro-bono work.

Lesley Irizarry-Hougan

Lesley has been practicing law since July, 2005. She has significant experience in representing clients in Immigration Court, both detained and non-detained cases; appeals from immigration judge decisions, both at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Lesley is actively involved in her community, regularly volunteering at the Latina/o Bar Association Legal Clinic and the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic. Lesley Irizarry-Hougan ha estado practicando exclusivamente leyes de inmigración desde Julio del 2005. Ella tiene experiencia significante representando clientes en la Corte de Inmigración; apelando las decisiones del juez de inmigración, ambos a la Corte de Apelaciones de Estados Unidos para el Noveno Circuito y la Corte de Distrito de Estados Unidos para el Oeste de Washington. Lesley también se especializa en aplicaciones afirmativas, incluyendo aplicaciones para la tarjeta verde (Mica), asilo, NACARA, y aplicaciones de ciudadanía archivado en los Estados Unidos y Servicios de Inmigración. Lesley también hace certificaciones de trabajo, incluyendo aplicaciones de cocineros especializados. Ella habla español nativo.

L.I.H. Law, P.S., Immigration Lawyer, Seattle, WA