Immigration Attorney Clare Corado explains why filing your tax returns may help your immigration case (and why not filing tax returns may cause you to lose your immigration case!) An immigration lawyer frequently uses tax returns to show:

  1. Good Moral Character: Some cases require immigrants to show "good moral character", which includes having paid your taxes.

  2. Physical Presence: Some ways to win a green card require an immigrant to show they have lived in the United States for a certain amount of time, and tax records can be used as part of the evidence.

  3. Financial Ability for Sponsorship: If you ever sponsor a relative, you will have to show tax records to prove that you have enough money to support your family and the person you want to sponsor. So be sure to file your tax return this year. If you have not filed in the past, see a tax preparer or CPA to find out if you can also file returns for the past years you have missed. It is the right thing to do, and it just might help you someday with your immigration case as well!