It can be tempting to lie about your circumstances if you think it will help you avoid deportation. That may seem like a good idea in the moment, but it may lead to dire consequences.

Immigration law makes a person “inadmissible” whenever they commit a “willful misrepresentation of a material fact.” It is additionally a felony to intentionally lie on any immigration form or to any immigration official. If you misrepresent the facts of your case it can result in a lifetime bar (permanent inadmissibility) from the U.S. That means you would never be eligible for an immigrant visa of any kind (absent an approved waiver – which are very difficult to obtain). It also can result in significant fines and even imprisonment.

Remain honest through every phase of the immigration process. This includes any forms or other paperwork you submit and in conversations or phone calls with immigration officers.

In this Case of the Week video Otis Landerholm describes a case in which an immigrant lost his appeal for asylum because of previous misrepresentations. He had ruined his credibility with the judge, undermining his testimony on why he needed asylum.

Your credibility is your most important asset for working with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service. Maintain it for your best chance of success in winning your fight to stay in America.

Working with an experienced immigration attorney gives you a much higher chance to avoid deportation. Landerholm Immigration A.P.C. can help you fight to stay in America. Contact us on our website or call us at (510) 491-0291 for a free initial evaluation of your situation.