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Not Disclosing Your Past Could Be Immigration Fraud

immigration fraudA 67-year-old Chicago woman was convicted of immigration fraud last year for lying on her Citizenship application.  Rasemieh Odeh was convicted for bombings in Israel, including one that killed two college students, over 20 years ago.

Her lawyer says that she is a peaceful, selfless individual, but the government says this is not the time to go easy on her.

“A light sentence in this case would be a signal to anyone who has fought overseas for ISIS or a similar organization that there is not much risk in coming to the United States, hiding one’s past, and seeking citizenship,” prosecutors said. They are recommending a sentence of 5-7 years, which is above the recommended guidelines of 12-21 months for the crime that a jury convicted her of in November.

If you are applying for U.S. Citizenship, permanent residence, or any other visa status, it is important to disclose any mistakes you have made in the past to your immigration attorney in order to avoid immigration fraud. There may be options for you that will still allow you to apply for a visa, such as a waiver of inadmissibility or post-conviction relief, but your attorney cannot initiate these options unless they are aware of the problem.

If you have a blunder or conviction on your record, whether it is major or minor, it is that much more important that you seek the assistance of an attorney for your immigration application.

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