Canadian Charged with Immigration Fraud for O-1 Visas in Los Angeles

The O-1 Work Visa is a very specialized United States work visa for individuals with extraordinary abilities in the fields or the arts, sciences, athletics or business. For example, the O-1B work visa is for individuals with extraordinary skills and achievements in the entertainment industry – in other words, people who have won awards and in most cases, people like actors or directors who many people have actually heard of, or who have pending entertainment work waiting for them in the United States. O-1 Visa, US work visa for actors

A Canadian man was charged with 32 criminal counts after he was accused of stealing money from actors who were newcomers to the industry and promising them O-1 visas. He allegedly conned one actor from Ireland, and two actors from Australia out of $5,000 and said he would help them obtain the visas.

In addition, as an immigration consultant operating in the Los Angeles area, it is illegal for him to offer legal advice because he is not a lawyer. Charges include practicing law without a license, many counts of violating the Immigration Consultant Act and three counts of grand theft.

Keep in mind that United States work visas have very strict requirements that must be met before an individual is eligible to receive one. This goes for the O-1 visa and all of the O visas as well, as they are very specific visas for certain individuals. In addition, be careful who you trust with your money in immigration matters if they are not a licensed immigration lawyer – an immigration consultant cannot offer you legal advice, and if they do, they are breaking the law.

The man was heading back to Canada when he was arrested at the airport by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations officers.

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