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Become a Certified Immigration Consultant

What is an Immigration Consultant?

Before you ask, "How do I become a Certified Immigration Consultant" lets first answer, WHAT IS a certified immigration consultant. Certified Immigration Consultants
have the knowledge of process and procedures for filing certain immigration documents and is also knowing of available resources for cases that are beyond the capabilities of an immigration consultant. The bulk of work lies in preparing documents, document packages and filings for clients with various and specific immigration needs.    

Staying strictly within the limits granted to act as an immigration consultant by the Secretary of State, (in California), they are also guided by rules addressed in the California business and professional code. 
The laws are very clear as to what an immigration consultant can and cannot do.  Through this code it is assured they are protecting the clients rights for provided service in their path to legal resolution in immigration matters.

How much can I make as a Certified Immigration Consultant?

You can actually make a pretty good living as an immigration consultant.  Many people make between $85,000 and $175,000 a year.  There is no cap on your earnings.  It completely depends on your ability.  This is your own business and many factors come into play as you price your services as an immigration consultant.  In our classes we help you to understand how to market, set prices, design a good business plan, plus we support you in your new role as a Certified Immigration Consultant.

This following chart may help you better understand some of the average charges Immigration Consultants charge on some typical monthly documents. Use the second column to figure if you only did one case of each per month.  Depending on your area of service many times there will be 3-5 cases of each a month like in the third column.  So lets be both conservative and realistic and look at both.
Green Card / Marriage /Children /Parents
 6 cases = $9,000
 Work Permit /Approval Petition $500.00 2 cases = $1,000
 Visitor Visa
$1250.00  3 cases = $3,750
Fiancee Visa $1500.00
 1 case = $1,500
$500.00  5 cases =  $1,500
Citizenship $250.00  5 cases = $1,250
 Extension of Visa
 $250.00  4 cases = $1,000
Place a Tracer on a case  $100.00 1 case = $100
 Green Card Lottery
 $35.00  10 cases = $350
 $300.00  2 cases = $600
 Adjustment of Status
1 case = $1500.00
 Monthly Totals
   in one month!
  in one month!

Join Our Team of Certified Consultants

When you become a Certified Immigration Consultant through Immigration Nation U.S. you will automatically have a listing on our "Find a Consultant" page and may also purchase a page on our website for better searchable and internet exposure as well.

Your clients will know that you have been through very thorough immigration consultant training. Our graduates are known to have undergone the strict background check through the FBI and Department of Justice, they are registered through the Secretary of State and they adhere to very strict business practices to offer the best protection against clients potentially finding people that illegally prepare immigration papers while not being held accountable.

Successful immigration consultants come from many different backgrounds and many times are qualified to perform other public services like CPAs, tax preparation professionals, notaries public, insurance brokers, real estate agents and brokers, paralegals, Pastors, court translators, people that want to work with immigration attorneys or perhaps beginning their own business venture whether part time or full time.

Basically, this opportunity exists for all people with or without immigration experience that want to contribute a very necessary and professional service in society. This is where Certified Immigration Consultant Training comes in!

Find out more and reserve your seat for this exciting opportunity today by calling us today


How Do I Become A Certified Immigration Consultant

There are a few things to know and prepare for in training to be a Certified Immigration Consultant.  Through our certified immigration training courses, we will walk you through the process making sure you have met all the qualifications possible by the end of class.

To become an immigration consultant, you must have a 2 year bond of $100,000 that works to protect the public in case of negligence on the part of the immigration consultant.  The bond is issued by an admitted surety insurer licensed to do business in California.  This bond gets filed with the Secretary of State.  In addition, a person engaged in the business or acting as an immigration consultant must submit an application, disclosure statement and have a background check via live scan which is processed through the California Department of Justice and the FBI.  The background check is then forwarded to the Secretary of State. 

When it is time to renew a new 2 year immigration consultant bond must be filed with the Secretary of State before the expiration of the previous bond. If the renewal is not filed with the Secretary of State before the expiration of the bond, the person covered by the bond may not practice or act as an immigration consultant until he or she again meets all of the qualification requirements, including the presentation of a new surety bond, disclosure statement, and the passing of a background check.  A new 2 year bond received after the expiration date without these requirements re-met may be returned not filed 

Someone applying to be an immigration consultant must be free from:
  • Conviction of a felony;
  • Conviction of a disqualifying misdemeanor, or
  • Do not disclose any arrest or conviction.

You may contact the California Department of Justice, if you need specific information about an arrest(s) or conviction(s).


These documents must be sent to the Secretary of State:

  • Copy of a Bond (bond) obtained from an admitted surety insurer (admitted to do business in California).
  • Complete Form Disclosure Immigration Consultant. (Immigrant Consultant Disclosure)
  • Copy of a valid photo ID and current. Acceptable forms of photo identification are:
    • Identification card or driver's license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles in California (DMV)
    • or a passport issued by the State Department of the United States.
    • or identification card issued by a state other than California.
    • or a driver's license issued by another state other than California.
    • or identification card issued by any branch of the armed forces of the United States.
  • 2 "x 2" color passport style photo.
  • $30.00 filing fee 
  • A copy of the request for Live Scan Service (live Scan Application signed by the live scan operator) 

The most common convictions disqualify you listed below, however, the list is not exhaustive.

  • Accomplice in a crime
  • Fire related offenses
  • Assault
  • Theft Auto
  • Robbery
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Carrying a loaded firearm in a public place
  • Child Abuse
  • Child pornography
  • Conspiracy
  • The discharge of a firearm in a public place or in an inhabited dwelling
  • Drugs, possession for sale and sale
  • Embezzlement
  • Participate in immigration practices without bail of $100,000
  • Failure to comply with any provision of Chapter 19.5 of the Business and Professions Code relating to immigration consultants.
  • Failure to comply with a court order
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Do not return to prison
  • Financial statements false
  • Illegal Detention
  • Forgery
  • Fraud involving, but not limited to, bank cards, credit cards, insufficient funds and / or controls, insurance, mail, Medi-Cal or Medicare, real estate, tax and welfare
  • Fraudulent impersonation of a peace officer
  • Hit and run
  • Illegal Immigration Forms
  • Improper business practices
  • Associated with kidnapping
  • Homicide
  • Pimping and pandering
  • Possession of an unregistered firearm
  • Practicing without a license when a license is required
  • Prostitution
  • Violation
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Resisting or threatening a peace officer
  • Statutory rape
  • Tax evasion
  • Terrorist Threats
  • Threats to commit a crime involving death or serious bodily injury
  • Unlawfully acting as an immigration consultant

You may contact the California Department of Justice, if you need specific information about an arrest(s) or conviction(s).

Secretary of State

Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm

Office Location:
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone Number: (916) 653-3984 or (916) 653-6814


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