Common scenarios of immigration fraud or misrepresentation include using a passport/visa belonging to a friend or family member, a fake visa for your passport, a fake passport and visa, and altering the dates on your visa. These are simply a few examples; there are many ways to commit immigration fraud. If you have committed immigration fraud or misrepresentation you will need a waiver. This is true even if you did not actually make it into the U.S. with the fraudulent passport or visa.
In discussing the above examples, we are referring to individuals who used a foreign fraudulent passport or their own passport with a fraudulent visa. If you pretended to be a U.S. Citizen on or after September 30, 1996, you CANNOT obtain a waiver. There is a narrow exception for individuals with parents who are or were U.S. Citizens if the individual lived in the U.S. prior to turning 16 and the individual reasonably believed that he or she was actually a U.S. Citizen.
If your immigration fraud did not involve pretending to be a U.S. Citizen, you may be able to obtain a waiver. In order for your waiver to get approved, we will have to prove on your behalf that you have a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent and that your spouse or parent would suffer extreme hardship if your case was denied. Note, that unlike with the waiver for criminal issues, you cannot use extreme hardship to a child for purposes of a waiver based on immigration fraud (unless you are a VAWA self-petitioner). We can only argue regarding the extreme hardship to your child insofar as that hardship would affect your U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent.
Please contact our office to discuss your specific situation and your need for a waiver. We have the experience to build the best case possible.