As a Miami immigration lawyer, I am quick to point out to my clients the consequences of lying on their U.S. visa or green card application. Some clients, for example, may think that it is harmless, or essential, to hide a ground of inadmissibility, ignore a previous marriage, or avoid questions about previous overstays at the end of visits to the United States. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There can be devastating consequences to lying on your immigration application. Below are some frequently asked questions.

What are some of the consequences of lying on my immigration application?

Lying to the U.S. government can get you in bigger trouble than the problem you are lying about. Making misrepresentations on an application for immigration benefits is a ground of inadmissibility under U.S. immigration law. If your lie is discovered, you’ve got double trouble — not only the original problem about which you thought it necessary to lie, but a new bar to your being admitted to the U.S. in any capacity.  If you have any questions about this, do not guess – you should speak with a Miami immigration lawyer.

What are some additional problems that can occur when I lie on my immigration application?

Some immigration applications rest on your credibility — that is, whether the immigration officers feel they can believe you. If this misrepresentation is discovered, and you may be denied and placed in deportation (removal) proceedings. Even if you appeal the judge might very well deny your appeal on credibility grounds. If you’ve lied once, the judge would have solid reason to believe that you might lie again.  If you find yourself in this situation, I would urge you to consult with a Miami immigration lawyer to explore your options.

I feel like I can’t complete an immigration form, or attend an interview without lying or hiding something. What should I do?

The first step is very simple — you should see a Miami immigration lawyer. A Miami immigration lawyer can analyze whether you really have a significant problem, and may be able to show you how to be truthful in a way that doesn’t risk having your application denied. The lawyer will also know how to make use of any exceptions that may apply in your situation, or whether there is a waiver (legal forgiveness) that you can apply for.

If you would like more information on the consequences of lying on your immigration application, please contact Miami immigration lawyer Michael G. Murray, Esq. at (305) 895-2500 or visit our website at www.mmurraylaw.com.