There are a couple issues here. First, when did this happen? If the false calim to US citizenship happened before April 1, 1997 it is not a permanent bar. Second, if you were already a permanent resident it may not be a material issue. Third, if the false claim occurred more than five years before you filed your application for citizenship it may not be an automatic bar to the good moral character requirement. The fact that you were truthful on the N-400 is what is required. You will most likely need an attorney to help if immigration decides to place you into removal proceedings. But once again, everything depends on when the false claim happened.
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We would need to know when the "I am a US citizen" pretense took place and whether you immediately ran to correct the misinformation when discovered, to answer you question.
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Depends on when it happened.
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through http://www.ailalawyer.com.
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As my colleagues pointed out ... we need to know more about exactly what happened.
GET A LAWYER ... a false claim to US citizenship is a lifetime, permanent, bar from the US.
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Make sure you hire an attorney close to you before going to your hearing. False claim to US citizenship is very serious! Still not sure if the basis of you being placed in removal hearings is for making the false claim? If it is it really depends on what year you made the false claim.
You may have a significant issue with a false claim to US citizenship. You should have a consultation with an immigration attorney at the earliest possible time.
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