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(a) A person engages in the business or acts in the capacity of an immigration consultant when that person gives nonlegal assistance or advice on an immigration matter. That assistance or advice includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) Completing a form provided by a federal or state agency but not advising a person as to their answers on those forms.
(2) Translating a person's answers to questions posed in those forms.
(3) Securing for a person supporting documents, such as birth certificates, which may be necessary to complete those forms.
(4) Submitting completed forms on a person's behalf and at their request to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
(5) Making referrals to persons who could undertake legal representation activities for a person in an immigration matter.
(b) “Immigration matter” means any proceeding, filing, or action affecting the immigration or citizenship status of any person which arises under immigration and naturalization law, executive order or presidential proclamation, or action of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the United States Department of State, or the United States Department of Labor.
(c) “Compensation” means money, property, or anything else of value.
(d) Every person engaged in the business or acting in the capacity of an immigration consultant shall only offer nonlegal assistance or advice in an immigration matter as defined in subdivision (a). Any act in violation of subdivision (a) is a violation of this chapter.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - California Code, Business and Professions Code - BPC § 22441 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/business-and-professions-code/bpc-sect-22441/
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