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Utah Proposes Regulating Immigration Consultants

Amid the Federal government’s nationwide campaign to combat immigration service fraud, the Utah Legislature is considering a bill that would regulate nonattorneys who offer immigration services, and prohibit them from using misleading foreign-language titles such as “Notario Publico” to promote their services.

Senate Bill 144, sponsored by State Senator Luz Robles, would require nonattorney immigration consultants to register with the state, submit a fingerprint, undergo a criminal background check, post a $50,000 surety bond, and would prohibit using translations of the title “Notary” or “Notary Public.” It would also create a complaint process for people who have been defrauded.

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