We have been warning our readers lately about immigration fraud. It’s so easy to commit, yet very heavily penalized.
We want you to know how to avoid committing immigration fraud on accident and the consequences of committing it. What is immigration fraud or misrepresentation? Whether you commit it on purpose or on accident, immigration fraud includes misrepresenting your reasons for requiring a visa.
Concealing facts, like your criminal history in your home country, can be immigration fraud and can disqualify you from getting a visa. Failure to answer a single question truthfully in an immigration interview or an immigration application is immigration fraud and a criminal violation.
Immigration fraud is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison (15 or 20 years if it involves drug trafficking or international terrorism, respectively). You can also get up to 20 years in prison for re-entering the U.S. after being deported. You can get a 3- or 10-year bar on re-entry for an assortment of other immigration status violations.
Don’t risk not knowing whether you’re committing visa fraud. Be as honest and complete as possible in your answers on your application. Be candid in your interviews.