A common misconception among people immigrating to the United States is that lying or falsifying information on your application will increase your chances of being approved. However, quite the opposite is true; it can actually cause your immigration application to be denied. 

Here’s what you need to know about lying or making mistakes on your immigration paperwork and how to get the legal help you need. 

Unintentional Mistakes vs. Lying 

The United States recognizes that many immigrants will make mistakes on their applications simply due to having a limited understanding of the English language. This differs from willfully withholding information from an immigrations officer or providing them with falsified information. 

If the validity of the information in your application is questioned by immigrations officers, they will review your supporting documentation in detail and determine whether or not the evidence suggests any issues are the result of an honest mistake or intentional misrepresentation. 

Consequences for Lying On Your Immigration Application 

If an immigrant has been found to have misrepresented themselves or provided false information in their application, they will typically face severe consequences. Often, this is in the form of permanent inadmissability into the United States. Immigrations officers will determine if you meet the following criteria: 

  • You obtained an immigration benefit or were attempting to obtain an immigration benefit 
  • You lied or intended to lie in order to obtain the benefit 
  • The lie was material in nature 
  • The lie was told to an official U.S. immigration officer 

If you do not meet the above criteria, errors on your application are likely to be considered mistakes versus willful misrepresentation. 

Obtaining a Waiver of Inadmissability 

You may be able to get a waiver of inadmissibility if your immigration application was rejected due to fraud. This can occur under two circumstances: 

  • You are the child or spouse of an American citizen and you have evidence that your inadmissability would cause the citizen undue hardship
  • You are applying for a fiance visa 
  • You qualify as a self-petitioner under the Violence Against Women Act 

Get Help From an Experienced Texas Immigration Lawyer 

If you were accused of falsifying information on your Texas immigration application, it’s critical that you get the help of a seasoned attorney who can defend your rights. Eluid Zavala has a proven track record of successfully representing immigrants after their applications have been denied for various reasons and can assist you and your family. Call today for your consultation at 713-766-6720.