Why do people lie to get a visa or an immigration benefit? I frankly don’t know. But, it seems people lie often to get an immigration benefit, without realizing the consequences of their actions. It could end up haunting them for the rest of their lives.
Section 212(a)(6)(C)(i) provides as follows:
Any alien who, by fraud or willfully misrepresenting a material fact, seeks to procure (or has sought to procure or has procured) a visa, other documentation, or admission into the United States or other benefit provided under this Act is inadmissible.
Yes, a person who by fraud or willfully misrepresents a material fact and seeks to procure an immigration benefit or admission into the US is inadmissible under the Immigration and Nationality Act. So, what does that mean? It means that you are not admissible to the U.S. It means that you can be barred for your lifetime from the U.S. What that also means is that if you are in the U.S., you could be deported based on this ground of inadmissibility.
However, do not worry, there is a waiver available. The waiver can be found in INA 212(i), also known as the I-601 waiver. If you have been denied an immigration benefit due to a finding of fraud or willful misrepresentation, give us a call to discuss your case.