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California Immigration Consultant Bond

What is a California Immigration Consultant Bond?

Immigration consultants in California must furnish a surety bond pursuant to the provisions of Section 22443.1 of the California Business and Professions Code. The surety bond must be filed with the Secretary of State in the penal sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000). The surety bond secures the principal's compliance with the provisions of Chapter 19.5 (commencing with Section 22440), of Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. Furthermore, the surety bond ensures all payments are made to parties when such funds are received by the bonded principal or its representative or agent. Any person harmed by unlawful acts or omissions on the part of the principal or its agents or employees while conduction immigration consulting business may take action against the bond.

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Applicants must submit the following items to the California Secretary of State:

  • Surety Bond in the amount of $100,000 from an authorized California corporate surety such as Surety Bonds Direct.
  • Completed the immigration consultant disclosure¬†form.
  • Copy of a valid and current photo identification. Acceptable forms of photo identification are:
    • An identification card or driver's license issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
    • A passport issued by the Department of State of the United States.
    • An identification card issued by a state other than California.
    • A driver's license issued by a state other than California.
  • 2" x 2" passport photo.
  • State filing fee.

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A surety bond renewal or continuation certificate of an immigration consultant surety bond must be filed with the California Secretary of State prior to the expiration of the initial surety bond. If the renewal or continuation is not filed with the Secretary of State prior to the expiration of the surety bond, the bonded consultant may not engage in the business or act in the capacity of an immigration consultant until he or she again has complied with all of the qualification requirements, including the submission of a new surety bond, disclosure statement, and background check. Surety bond continuation certificates or similar documents intending to renew surety bonds that are received after the expiration of the applicable surety bond will be returned by the state.

A person will also be unable to serve as a California immigration consultant for any of the following:

  • Conviction of a felony;
  • Conviction of a disqualifying misdemeanor; or
  • Failure to disclose any arrest or conviction.