Consequence of Committing Fraud

Sometimes visa applicants commit fraud in an effort to obtain a visa.  Misrepresentations can range from overstating one’s income to falsifying employment or family relationships. Fraudulent documents include counterfeit or altered passports, counterfeit birth and marriage certificates, fraudulently obtained bank statements, made-up invitation letters, etc., and the use of someone else's valid documents as your own. 

Committing fraud is a very serious offense with grave consequences.  The consular section sees many otherwise qualified applicants who wrongly believe that lying is the only way they will be able to obtain a visa. Any person committing misrepresentation or using fraudulent documents in an attempt to obtain a visa will be found ineligible for a visa and may be subject to a lifetime visa ineligibility. 

Be truthful during the interview. Do not accept advice to mislead the consular officer. Misleading or lying could result in a refusal and even permanent visa ineligibility. If you choose to present documents during your interview, make sure that they are truthful and legitimate. Do not pay someone else to get false documents for you. No fee paid to anyone will guarantee the issuance of a visa.