If Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ever charges you with falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen in order to achieve an immigration benefit, here are three possible defenses:
- In order to be inadmissible to the United States (generally meaning you can’t get legal status) you have to have knowingly made a false claim. If you didn’t know your claim was false, you can’t be found inadmissible. It is your burden to prove that you did not know.
- If you were under 18 when you made the claim and couldn’t understand the claim, you may have a defense. Again, it is your burden to prove this defense.
- To be inadmissible, you must have made a false claim of U.S. citizenship to get an immigration benefit. If crime for which you were charged was not to get an immigration benefit, you have a defense. Again, it is your burden to prove this defense.
If you ever made a false claim to citizenship, request a personal consultation with a qualified immigration attorney before you apply for any immigration benefit.
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