By Carlos Gamino

Whether you’re applying for green card, a work visa or naturalized citizenship, you’re always required to be completely honest with the United States government. If you’re not completely honest, you could be accused of immigration fraud. This guide explains what happens if the government finds you guilty of committing immigration fraud, and what you can do about it.

What is Immigration Fraud?

Immigration fraud is a broad term, and it can mean any kind of fraudulent activity. For example, immigration fraud can involve intentionally lying on immigration documents or marrying a person so you can get a green card. In any case, failure to be completely honest with the government or intentionally violating laws with the intent to hide information can be considered immigration fraud.

Related: How to seek asylum in the U.S.

What Happens if You Commit Immigration Fraud?

In the best case scenario, The United States government will reject your petition if it finds out that you committed immigration fraud. However, usually the government takes it farther than that. If you’re already in the United States, you’re subject to deportation – even if you already have a family here and have established your life here. If you’re deported, you can be barred from reentering the U.S. for a certain period of time; some people are barred permanently. That means they can never return to the United States.

Related: Will your child automatically get a green card if you do?

What Should You Do if You’re Accused of Immigration Fraud?

If the U.S. Government accuses you of immigration fraud, one of the best choices you can make is to consult with an attorney. You always have the right to hire an attorney to represent you. That’s true whether you purposely committed immigration fraud or you made a mistake and need to remedy it. Your attorney will ask you several questions about your situation, including whether you have an explanation for what the U.S. government is calling “immigration fraud” in your case.

Your attorney will be there to answer all of your questions and help you get the best possible outcome in your situation, whether you simply need to explain yourself to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or you’re facing removal proceedings.

Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Immigration Fraud?

If you need to talk to an attorney about immigration fraud because the government has accused you of committing it, we’re here to help. Call our office now at 414-383-6700 to schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney in Wisconsin who can help you get the best possible outcome in your case.

Attorney Carlos Gamino