Understanding Federal Marriage Immigration Fraud Charges

 Posted on June 10, 2022 in Federal Crimes

b2ap3_thumbnail_chicago-immigration-fraud-lawyer.jpgIllegal immigration continues to be a controversial topic in the United States. Many people seek residency and citizenship in the United States and ensuring that people come to the U.S. legally is a top priority for many government agencies. Accusations of immigration fraud often lead to federal criminal charges punishable by harsh penalties. Both immigrants and U.S. citizens can find themselves facing immigration fraud charges.

If you or a loved one were accused of marrying someone solely for the purposes of getting them a visa, identity fraud, or another type of immigration fraud, contact a federal criminal defense attorney immediately. Do not talk to the police until your attorney is present.

Marriage Immigration Fraud

One of the most common types of immigration fraud is marriage immigration fraud. In the internet age, people across the globe from each other can meet online and fall in love without ever meeting face to face. However, some people in this situation find themselves accused of immigration fraud.

Marriage immigration fraud accusations often occur when a non-citizen gets engaged to be married to a U.S. citizen. By getting married, the non-citizen gets a visa and is allowed to work in the U.S. This can lead immigration officials to question the validity of the marriage. The couple may be forced to prove that their relationship is legitimate. Marriage immigration fraud is punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. Non-citizens accused of marriage fraud may also face deportation.

Being Accused of a Sham Marriage When Your Relationship is Real

Some people do create fraudulent romantic relationships to enter the United States and acquire U.S. permanent residence, also called a green card. However, this does not mean that every international relationship is fraudulent.

Immigration fraud accusations are often based on an allegation that the couple is not in a marriage-like relationship with each other. They are not living together or establishing a shared life. Immigration fraud may also be based on allegations of an invalid marriage. For example, if one of the spouses was already married to someone else, any new marriage is invalid.

If you are being accused of marriage fraud, contact an experienced attorney for help. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence that demonstrates the validity of your marriage and fight any criminal charges you face.

Contact a Chicago Marriage Fraud Defense Lawyer

Illinois federal criminal defense attorney Hal M. Garfinkel is committed to helping those accused of federal immigration fraud defend themselves. Call the Law Offices of Hal M. Garfinkel LLC at 312-629-0669 to arrange a free, confidential consultation.


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