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Which Alien # can be used for Notice to Appear by USCIS?

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Would you be able to tell me the answer to the following scenario?

"An immigrant is noted as a fraudster by the uscis when it comes to marrying a US citizen during the conditional green card status of hers (divorced). She then marries soon after the divorce from the first American husband while she was already marked in the system as a fraudster (she did not know that she was marked that). The immigrant decides that getting petitioned through that second marriage is the better route for her, so when the uscis issues the NTA because she's been found to be a fraudster, will the uscis stick with her first Alien # or the second one? I know that if the uscis finds fraud, you can not get another green card through marriage, so would it make sense that the NTA would not change for that person?

I am constantly checking for the wife's NTA by calling the 1-800 number and although it might be early for her to get it, I wondered about this and I think that if the uscis does not adjudicate other petitions for the same fraudster, then she would not be getting a brand new Alien number which would replace the old one since her NTA would be based on the first marriage fraud, not a new marriage. Is this assessment correct in your opinions?

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    She may be assigned multiple alien numbers if she does not disclose prior petitions/applications. However, usually once the alien is fingerprinted any files with different alien numbers are consolidated. This means the physical files are linked to one another, but the alien number will not necessarily be changed to reflect the initial alien number she received.

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  2. Eventually, based on fingerprints ... the A files will be consolidated.

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  3. Somewhat surprisingly, A #'s are not unique and specific to only 1 individual, unlike Social Security Numbers. Eventually, USCIS will select one of the A #'s and apply it to an individual's current case processing.

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