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Immigration Fact of the Week (December 12 – 18)

Will I be deported if I falsely claim to be a U.S. citizen?

You may be placed in removal proceedings if you are really not a U.S. citizen but claim to be one in order to obtain government benefits or other benefits that are meant only for U.S. citizens.

Following are some false claims to U.S. citizenship that can make you deportable:

  • Checking “U.S. citizen” on Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to avoid the need to get an employment authorization document.
  • Claiming to be a U.S. citizen during U.S. Department of Homeland Security interrogation to avoid removal proceedings.
  • Claiming to be a U.S. citizen to obtain a U.S. passport.
  • Registering to vote in federal elections as a U.S. citizen when you are not allowed to do so.
  • Claiming to be U.S. citizen on a student loan application.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the above are some common false claims to citizenship that will likely make you inadmissible into the U.S. Click here for more detailed information on how falsely claiming U.S. citizenship will adversely affect you.

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