Santiago attorney Rafael Escoto
As you probably noticed already I am new to the forum. I have seen all the helpful responses that other poster's have received and I'm hoping you guys can help me out too. I'm trying to find out if anyone has used an immigration lawyer in Santiago by the name of Rafael Escoto. Basically I'd like to know if you or someone you know considers him to be an effective and reputable attorney.
I have heard that this man is a shameless thief. Take a good look at his face. Have you ever seen a "good" person with a face like that?
Specifically, he is known for taking people's money and doing nothing for them. Give him my regards.
Where is the face????
I really didn't expect that. I've heard of tons of people waiting hours in his office to see him. I thought it was because he was so good. Someone told me that he has some connections with the consulate. They said someone they know had a problem getting a visa to the US. And he sent the person back to the consulate and all the guy did was mention Mr Escoto's name and they rushed him right thru and he got his visa. I even heard something about him working in the US with the FBI. I'm not sure if that's something he goes around telling people or if it's just a case of people saying that on their own.
Well he talks a good talk. He took some money from my wife quite a few years ago to work on a visa problem she had and never did a thing, she could never get ahold of him after that and he pretty much just took the money and ran.
He is a typical "buscon" I am sure has had some connections and maybe still does but he is not reputable or ethical. In any case I am pretty sure the FBI doesn't issue visas, and both Noriega and Hussein are people who at one time could have boasted numerous powerful contacts in the US, this doesn't make them good.
There is a collections attorney in Santiago by the name of Persio de al Cruz that I am having the same problems with, (though not with visa issues) this seems to happen alot with attorneys down here.
(Sorry, Hillbilly, I don't have a picture of him)
I have a question...........
I have never used an attorney for any problems related to obtaining Visa's etc., but I read alot on this site and would like to make a few comments and see what responses I get. I realize that there MAY be a few good lawyers in the DR, (ie Fabio etc). but ..........
1. I know of many lawyers in the POP area that just steal peoples money and never do anything for them.
2. I know of at least 3 lawyers in POP that have tried to get visa's to both the US and England and have been denied time after time.
3. I have had dealings with the embassy and do know some people there that say "more or less" that they don't give any importance to someone being a lawyer in the DR since they are "nothing" compared to what a lawyer in the US is. Basically they are notary publics, which are a dime a dozen in the states.
SO.............., if lawyers can't get visa's and the embassy personnel don't consider them a "legit profession"............WHY WOULD ANYONE THINK THAT A DOMINICAN LAWYER WOULD HAVE ANY INFLUENCE IN OBTAINING A VISA FOR THEM????
MAYBE I'M WRONG.....AND I DON'T MEAN TO OFFEND......but...........
I may be reading a lot in to HB's posting, but my impression is that the individual in question has no face. Once you fill his hand, you'll not see his face again.
Originally Posted by Hillbilly
I know you shouldn't answer a question with a question but...It has been said that the people at the US consulate think of all Dominicans as the lowest of the low regardless to their profession. Say you want a visa. Someone tells you they can get you an appointment with someone who doesn't feel that way to look at your papers to see how you can qualify for a visa rather than you ending up with someone who is looking for how they can disqualify you for a visa. What would you do?
I understand your problem, but there are visa's that are being given to Dominicans every day.......maybe only a small percentage, but I would think that the use of a "dominican lawyer" would only HURT your chances.
I personally think that if you explained your situation to many of the people that post on this site, you'd probably get more advise as to how to prepare yourself for a visa appointment than you would by paying someone and just having someone just steal your money.
People are learning things on this site all the time. Timex just showed everyone how to prepare for domestic help visa's etc. and he was successful with just his own research which I am sure was time consuming, but it was done.
I'm not going to go into the whole story because this has been a very traumatic ordeal for us. We aren't seeking out an attorney to help us with dotting the i's and crossing the t's.I just didn't want my husband to have to deal with someone who thinks it's appropriate behavior to laugh in front of a person and turn to a co-worker and say he's not going anywhere.There's nothing funny about someone being seperated from their family regardless to the reason why.You may not think he has the right to come to the US but there should be no question on whether or not he has the right to be treated with dignity.I can't believe that a representative of my country would lack the professionalism that should be required when dealing with everyone who walks into the consulate.Because of our experience with this person at the consulate someone had recommended that we retain Mr Escoto and that's why I decided to inquire about his ethics.We have also heard from other people who have had similiar experiences.
Originally Posted by Stephen
Last edited by callik; 02-26-2004 at 07:33 PM.