What happens if I lie on immigration forms?

I have already highlighted cases of DREAMers who lied under oath but were approved for DACA and others who were approved despite submitting fake documents to USCIS.  Nobody knows how this happened, but I am also aware of one DREAMer approved with more than three misdemeanors even though he was not eligible.  We all know that like any other bureaucracy, USCIS does not attract the best talent, employees are overworked and poorly paid, and there is a lot of pressure on them to approve applications fast.  That is how things fall through the crack and I am sure each one of you have stories of immigrants who should not have been able to ever legally enter the United States are actually now naturalized citizens and continuing their fraudulent ways in other areas.


 

Now if you are tempted to lie on your application to the USCIS in order to get approval or to hide a piece of information by providing even false evidence, you should think again.  While so many fraudsters get approved, it does not mean that they might never be caught.  Actually, even naturalized citizens can be stripped of their citizenship if they engaged in fraud during the immigration process.  Obviously, other visas and green cards can be nullified without any trouble for lying or fraud at any point.  Jail time and then deportation are standard in such cases.

In order to highlight how this works let us review the case of El Salvador national Inocente Orlando Montano who applied for temporary protection status (TPS), a program similar to DACA.  In order to be eligible for the program, he knowingly gave the wrong date of his entry into the United States.  He also lied about his military service.  Montano has been convicted of immigration fraud and perjury for lying under oath on his initial application and those for renewals.  He is now in prison and after doing his time he is headed to his native country.  If you deliberately choose to lie on an application or submit a document that you know is clearly fraudulent, be prepared for punishment along these lines.