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					Green Card: Don't Pay to Get One!

It's amazing. The very first spam ever sent was from a couple of lawyers
who offered
to help people get a Green Card if they paid the law firm a small fee. A
Green Card,
for those of you that don't know, is a proof of permanent resident alien
status from
the feared Immigration and Naturalization Service and.. it's free, if you
qualify. So
you don't need to pay anyone for anything. Even better, the document
required is
pretty simple to fill out.

If it's free and easy to fill out, why are there still lawyers selling
their service to aid
in receiving a Green Card? Here's what the Federal Trade Commission
[http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/lottery.htm] has
to say about Green Card scams:

If you or someone you know is trying to get a green card - the right to
live in the
United States permanently - be on the lookout for unscrupulous businesses
and
attorneys. They'll claim that, for a fee, they can make it easier to
enter the U. S. State
Department's annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery (also known as the "green
card
lottery") or increase your chances of winning the DV lottery.

Each year, the State Department conducts a lottery through its DV program
to
distribute applications for 50,000 immigrant visas. Winners of the
lottery have a
chance to apply for an immigrant visa, which can be used to enter the U.
S. Winners
are selected randomly, and there is no fee to enter the lottery."

If you're interested in applying for a Green Card, you should just go
straight to the
U.S. Department of State's dvlottery.state.gov
[http://%0D%0Awww.dvlottery.state.gov/] site and apply!

The FTC continues with this warning:

Green Card Lottery Scams

According to lawyers at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's
consumer
protection agency, some businesses and attorneys misrepresent their
services by
saying that:

they are affiliated with the U.S. government;
they have special expertise or a special entry form that is required to
enter the
lottery;
their company has never had a lottery entry rejected;
their company can increase an entrant's chances of "winning" the lottery;
people from ineligible countries still are "qualified" to enter the
lottery.
In addition, some companies jeopardize an entrant's opportunity to
participate in
the lottery by filing several entries. These companies also may charge
lottery-
winning applicants substantial fees to complete the application process."

So be smart. Go to the State Department directly and sidestep all these
snake oil
salesmen.

				
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