False claim U.S citizenship on i-9

Asked over 2 years ago - New York, NY

My husband claimed he was a U.S citizen on I-9 form about seven years ago. He ended the job the same year he was hired. He did not apply yet for permanent residency. Can immigration find out about this form even though it may be destroyed? If so, how should we proceed?

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His co-worker told him that they destroyed his entire file, including i-9.

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  1. Jeffrey Adam Devore

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    Answered . A finding of a false claim to citizenship renders an alien permanently inadmissible to the United States with very few exceptons. Some Court have held that making such a claim on an I-9 form is sufficient to apply the bar. There is also a question as to whether the representation was as a citizen or national. Thus, the answer to your question is going to be very facts specific. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can review the facts of your case and advise you as to the options available and how best to proceed.

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  2. Neil Ian Fleischer


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    Answered . It is possible they could find out. How do you know it was destoryed? I would hire an attorney to do due dillegence and advise you before you file as false claims to citizenship are removable crimes


    Neil I Fleischer (513) 977-4209 www.immigrate2usa.com Note: Neil Fleischer is an attorney licensed in the State... more
  3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . You are using the wrong approach for your stay in the U.S. Whereas the use of medical marijuana is permitted under the laws of the state of California, under the federal law you are still planning to commit an act of moral turpitude and a crime under the U.S. federal law.
    First and foremost, I suggest NEVER stating or admitting anything of criminal nature online. Ever. Secondly, from what your described your husband committed a federal crime of claiming citizenship which is an automatic preclusion for AOS.
    Now, in certain current cases such applications were deemed as missing the component of intentional deception on the part of unsophisticated applicants.
    For the most rational handling of your case, please retain a good immigration attorney to handle your spouse's case procedurally correctly for legally appropriate results. Do not make any more statements and mistakes. As you can see for yourself, it only complicates your lives and may affect your future negatively.

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