How to file an immigration marriage fraud complaint

Written by maggie gebremichael
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Immigration marriage fraud is a serious offence that can lead to deportation. Upon conviction, the U.S. citizen and the foreign national can face up to a £162,500 penalty along with five years in federal prison. Countless people attempt to gain legal status in the United States by entering into a sham or fraudulent marriage. Even if a person is able to deceive the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to obtain a green card, the status can be revoked if the USCIS uncovers the sham.

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    Gather as much relevant information as possible, such as the sponsor or petitioner's name, the beneficiary's name and their address--if they live together. Facts like the foreign national's alien number (A#) or the citizen's Social Security number also are helpful but might be difficult to obtain.

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    Contact the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( by telephone at (866) DHS-2-ICE. The hotline is designed specifically to accept immigration violation reports. You can complain anonymously.

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    Contact the USCIS ( at (800) 375-5283. Request live assistance, which is available during the week and file your complaint. Although USCIS and ICE are included within the Department of Homeland Security, you should submit separate fraudulent marriage reports to expedite the case review.

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    Schedule an InfoPass appointment ( at your local USCIS office and speak with a USCIS official in person. Applicants or petitioners with current pending cases primarily request InfoPass appointments. However, you can schedule an appointment under the option to obtain information or other services.

Tips and warnings

  • The USCIS maintains an internal fraud unit that focuses on detecting fraud. Red flags include significant differences in age, culture, religion or education.
  • Since immigration fraud reports usually initiate investigations, make sure that you submit genuine complaints.

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