5 Simple Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Immigration Status
#1 Claiming to Be A Citizen
Under no circumstances should a non-citizen knowingly claim to be a US citizen. Claiming citizenship on employment applications, employer forms, government or school applications can lead to permanent denial of any future immigration benefits.
#2 Registering or Voting
Many people unknowingly register to vote or may sign voting forms around election time in order to help a candidate get on a ballot. Please do not engage in any part of the election process unless you are a US Citizen because it may impact your immigration status.
#3 Failing to Register Selective Service
All males (few exceptions apply) between 18 -26 years must register with the Selective Service System. Failure to do so may prevent you from receiving financial aid or other federal benefits (including immigration benefits). Learn more about the Selective Service System here.
#4 Fraud or Misrepresentation
Submitting fake or fraudulent documents as part of an immigration application or lying to an immigration officer at the border (or during an immigration interview) is not advisable. Fraud or misrepresentation could result in negative consequences such as your case being denied or referred to immigration court for removal proceedings.
#5 Prolonged Travel
When you become a permanent resident you are representing to the US government that you desire to live and establish a residence in the US. If you travel outside the US for prolonged period of time, please be aware that your permanent residency could be in jeopardy. Any absence outside the US over 6 months raises a presumption that you intend to abandon your permanent residency status. Prolonged absences could affect your re-entry and ability to apply for citizenship which has physical presence and residency requirements.
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