During this tax season, USCIS reminds applicants to be wary of tax preparers who offer to help you prepare and file your immigration forms. Individuals and businesses that prepare tax returns may not be authorized to help you with immigration services, USCIS says. “The only people authorized to give you legal advice on immigration are licensed attorneys and representatives accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals.”

Attorneys and accredited representatives are the only individuals who are authorized to explain which immigration options may be available to you; advise you about which forms to submit; and communicate with USCIS about your case.