Avoid Immigration Scams
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new public service campaign to educate the public on how to avoid being the victim of an immigration scam. Get the tools you need to make wise choices when seeking immigration advice.
USCIS has produced a helpful video: http://youtu.be/s5CXht-Vs94
Green Card Lottery Fraud
Have you or someone you know recently received an e-mail claiming you’ve won the Green Card lottery and asking you to send or wire money?
Don’t fall for it – the sender is trying to steal your money!
Fraudsters will frequently e-mail potential victims posing as State Department or other government officials with requests to wire or transfer money online as part of a “processing fee.” You should never transfer money to anyone who e-mails you claiming that you have won the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery or been selected for a Green Card.
Tax Information for 2010 Filing
Every year the U.S. government (Federal) and the individual state governments (California), require that individuals present in the United States during the previous year file what is known as an income tax return to each government. A tax return is a type of report that you must send to each government (Federal and State) that states how much you earned, were taxed, and should have been taxed during the year 2010. So you are returning a report on your taxes for 2010. Monday, April 18, 2011 is the deadline to file the tax return for 2010.
Links on the Internal Revenue Service web site:
- Foreign Student & Scholar information - This site is a clearinghouse of various topics that relate to foreign student and scholar taxes issues and ITIN issues.
- International Taxpayer - Provides links to other resources on the IRS Web site.
- Non-Resident Alien Toolkit - This is a publication with a PDF Slideshow and FAQs.
Disclaimer: Claremont School of Theology as an institution does not advise on any personal income tax requirements or issues. Use of any information from this sheet is for general information only and does not represent personal tax advice either express or implied. You are encouraged to seek professional tax advice for personal income tax questions and assistance.
Immigration Fee Increases
New fees for USCIS applications and petitions for benefits are effective on November 23, 2010. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after November 23, 2010 must include the new fee.
New Immigration Fees [pdf]