New York discusses new surety bond requirement for immigration providers


If passed, AB 77/AB 78/SB 709 would require immigration providers to obtain a license from the Department of State. The bill would direct the Secretary of State to enforce the existing law’s surety bond and licensing application requirements.

According to the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs,

“You are an immigration assistance service provider if you provide any type of service for a fee that relates to customers’ immigration status. This includes filling out immigration forms.”

The bill would amend General Business Article 28-C (Chapter 463) to the following.

“This legislation would grant New York State Department the power to issue licenses to immigration providers and require those who act as such to be so licensed. Licensees would be required to disclose all relevant information to the Department, including any prior convictions, to determine their eligibility for a license. At the time of licensing, they must file with secretary of state a surety bond.”

Click here to read SB 709 in its entirety. The bill was referred to the Consumer Protection Committee on January 9, 2013.

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