Bronx immigrants obtaining visas warned of Internet scams

Government officials are warning Bronx and city immigrants wishing to obtain a visa to be wary of several Internet scams.

The Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which is sponsored by the state department, provides visas to immigrants. Officials say the U.S. Department of State: Diversity Visa Immigrant Program is the only Web site where individuals may obtain necessary documentation, which is free and required by the program. However, officials add there are multiple illegal Web sites claiming to offer help or provide forms for a fee.

Officials say the forms are simple and easy to fill out. However, should an applicant require help, local libraries provide free programs that walk residents through the process.

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