Increased Bond Amount effective July 1, 2014
As of July 1, 2014, the immigration consultant surety bond required to be filed with the Secretary of State's office is $100,000.
All other requirements to become an immigration consultant remain the same.
Pursuant to the new provisions of California Business and Professions Code section 22443.1 effective July 1, 2014, only people who have complied with the new law will be listed on the Secretary of State's website as being active immigration consultants. Other people will not be listed as being active, even if they were previously authorized to engage in the business or act in the capacity of an immigration consultant prior to July 1, 2014.
California $100,000 Immigration Consultant Bond
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WHAT ARE IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT BONDS?
A class of federal bonds covering aliens who enter the United States legally. Guarantees that the principal while acting as an immigration consultant shall
1 Not give legal advice
2 Shall assist an individual with the completion of the proper immigration forms
3 Help the person secure supporting documents necessary to complete their immigration
Immigration Consultant Qualification Requirements
Prior to engaging in the business or acting in the capacity of an immigration consultant, a person must obtain a $100,000 bond from a corporate surety (admitted to do business in California) and file a copy of the bond with the Secretary of State's office, along with the Immigration Consultant Disclosure (pdf~299KB) form. In addition, a person engaging in the business or acting in the capacity of an immigration consultant must satisfactorily pass a background check conducted by the Secretary of State.
Please refer to the Immigration Consultant Check List for the requirements to register with the Secretary of State as an immigration consultant.
A renewal or continuation of an immigration consultant surety bond must be filed with the Secretary of State prior to the expiration of the surety bond. If the renewal or continuation is not filed with the Secretary of State prior to the expiration of the surety bond, the person covered by the bond may not engage in the business or act in the capacity of an immigration consultant until he or she again has complied with all of the qualification requirements, including the submission of a new surety bond, disclosure statement, and the passing of a background check. Surety bond continuation certificates or similar documents purporting to renew surety bonds that are received after the expiration of the applicable surety bond will be returned unfiled.
A person will also be disqualified from acting as an immigration consultant for any of the following reasons:
Please contact the California Department of Justice if you need specific information about your arrest(s) or conviction(s).