The Des Moines Register recently reported that there is a work visa scam occurring in Iowa that could lead to many people's deportation.
According to one attorney, the scam goes as follows: A legal assistant goes door-to-door offering a work permit to anyone who files a $500 asylum claim. These assistants do not divulge that while asylum claim recipients can work lawfully while their case is pending, if they are not granted asylum, they may face deportation.
One victim, Fernando, told the Register that he has been caught in this scheme. He filed for asylum after he was promised a work permit and he is now flagged by immigration officials who were not previously aware of his illegal status.
The immigrant community in Iowa has increased from 1,465 people applying for naturalization in 2002, to 2,198 in 2009.