An undocumented immigrant entering sweepstakes

Asked about 3 years ago - Torrance, CA

Dear immigration lawyers,
I am a Dream Act student who desperately needs money for college and entered sweepstakes sponsored by both survey companies and major companies like Coca Cola.
I have become undocumented because my parents have been scammed by con artists. If I enter those sweepstakes and win the prize, can I face deportation due to publicity? I have a valid social security and driver license, so that is why I have entered sweepstakes.

Attorney answers (4)

  1. Ekaette Patty-Anne Eddings

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . I hope ypu win. However, some of the sweepstakes have rules, check if it requires you to be an
    LPR or USC.


  2. C. C. Abbott

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Good Luck. The California Dream Act will provide you with its proections within California university system. As to the enetering the sweepstakes, many have requirements that need to be met to qualify for the award.

    Legal disclaimer: The statement above is provided by CC Abbott is based on general assistance and not intended to... more
  3. William D. Fong

    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . The individual sweepstakes rules will apply, but even if you are disqualified, they are typically not reporting anything to the USCIS. Please be sure you do not make any false claim to US citizenship, this will result in a permanent bar to permanent residence.

    Good luck.

    713-772-2300. All information provided is general in nature. Please consult with an immigration attorney with full... more
  4. Kyndra L. Mulder

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . I agree with attorney Eddings.

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