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Misrepresentation

Falsifying personal information or using false identification while seeking government document / clearance, especially those which are sensitive in nature can result in severe repercussions. One of the areas which is extremely unforgiving is information fraud while applying for a Visa. The United States of America has one of the strictest laws pertaining to this offence in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

The United States Immigration and Nationality Act, 212(a)(6)(C)(i) comes into force as soon as misrepresentation of information is discovered. So, what is this section all about? In short, it checks three specific parameters - whether an attempt had been made to misguide the government by providing inaccurate data, whether the same was done on purpose and if the same was made available in the form of document / supporting evidence.

Once these parameters are ascertained, the concerned consular officer can not only reject the visa application but depending on the impunity and seriousness of the Fraud, this officer can also issue a permanent ban. In case the said discrepancy is discovered after the issue and arrival of the concerned person he/she can be prosecuted by the U.S. Government. As an applicant, you need to be aware of some of the frequently ignored or misunderstood visa application parameters. Mentioned below are some of the vital data inputs that you need to provide truthfully.

1. Personal Information

Misguiding the authorities by knowingly providing inaccurate or false name, date of birth, residential address is considered the a fraud. Even if the mistake is committed by the travel agent or someone who is an authority is this area and not the applicant, it is still considered misrepresentation and therefore deemed inaccurate and subject to rejection. The list of personal information is long and needs pondering at each section.

2. Financial Information

If you have declared that you can support your stay in the country with the help of close relatives / siblings and / or blood relationships, and the concerned officer is unable to verify the same it could lead to serious trouble. Declaring incorrect assets, non-existent job and related earnings from the same not only guarantees rejection but a life time ban too.

3. Past Criminal Record and Visa Refusal

Most of the applicants simply ignore these sections or provide falsified details unaware of the fact that the concerned officer may already have this information which can be assessed with just a few mouse clicks. However, by feigning ignorance or saying "I am Sorry" will not necessarily get you any relief. On the contrary the more you struggle to convince the worse it can get for you.

As mentioned above, any information lapse will fetch you instant penalization in the form of rejection, short term ban or even a permanent one. If you feel you are a victim of someone else’s mistake or your case has been taken out of proportion by the concerned consular officer or language was the barrier between you and the information you wanted to provide then simply opt for a waiver. This requires services of U.S. Immigration Law Intelligence Analysts who are experienced and well versed with the latest laws.

A Waiver for inadmissibility requires detailed submission of related form/s, depending on the type of visa refusals (temporary / nonimmigrant or a permanent / immigrant). Once the waiver application is drafted, the same is then appended with solid evidence in the form documents. The consular or CBP officer then scrutinizes the application, and after a thorough scanning of incidences and events sends the report to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and your waiver depends on his / her findings.