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Immigration Fraud

Immigration Defense Lawyer in San Jose

Are you, or someone you love being accused of immigration fraud? Immigration fraud charges cannot be taken lightly as they are often considered deportable offenses. If you are being accused of document fraud, benefit fraud, or asylum fraud, you are urged to contact the Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield for swift and aggressive defense representation.

Why we should be your first call:

  • We are A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Selected for inclusion in California's Super Lawyers®
  • Rated 10.0 Superb by Avvo
  • Recognized leader in immigration law
  • Avvo Clients' Choice award

Whether you need help with an immigration and citizenship matter, or with deportation defense, we are the firm to trust in the Bay Area. Dedicated to client satisfaction, let us use our wealth of knowledge to help you achieve your immigration goals.

Document Fraud & Benefit Fraud

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) vigorously investigates document and benefit fraud, namely because these frauds pose a threat to national and public safety. According to the ICE, document fraud and benefit fraud are often connected to a host of immigration-related crimes, two of which include human trafficking and smuggling.

Examples of immigration fraud:

  • Document fraud, otherwise known as identify fraud has to do with any type of manufacturing, altering, selling, or counterfeiting of identity documents. Identify fraud can also be tied to identity theft – a crime where an imposter assumes the identity of a real person who is either living or deceased.
  • Benefit fraud has to do with intentionally lying on a petition or application for the purpose of gaining an immigration benefit. Benefit fraud is known for being an extremely profitable white collar crime, which often involves sophisticated schemes and a number of players. Such schemes can take authorities years to prosecute.
  • Asylum fraud occurs when someone makes a fraudulent request for protected refugee status. For example, a fraudulent asylum case seeks to gain entry and safe haven in the U.S. by pretending to be a victim of human rights abuses or persecution in their home country.

Grounds for Deportability

Under 8 U.S. Code § 1227 – Deportable aliens, anyone who commits marriage fraud, document fraud, benefit fraud, or who is otherwise in violation of any law of the United States may be subject to removal proceedings.

Immigration fraud cases are investigated by the Identity and Benefit Fraud Unit. The Unit coordinates its efforts with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as well as other federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor.

Call a top-rated immigration defense firm!

At the Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield, we are a top-rated firm with aggressive San Jose immigration defense lawyers who are on your side. We have a firm grasp of the immigration laws as well as the defense strategies available in every type of case imaginable. In the face of possible removal proceedings, you need a strong defense!

Call our San Jose immigration firm at once to schedule your initial case evaluation.

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