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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What's Worse for Residency: Crossing the Border or Entering with an Alias?


     Crossing the border without any travel document (passport, visa) means that the foreigner does not present him or herself before an Immigration officer.  On the other hand, entering with an alias means that the foreigner did enter the country, after inspection by an Immigration officer, but using a fake name on an otherwise valid passport.  After all, in many countries it is possible to obtain passports with incorrect information through various means.
     A foreigner who enters without inspection is barred from obtaining many forms of relief if caught within the United States.  In fact, unless an exception to the law applies, s/he cannot become a legal permanent resident through marriage. 
     On the other hand, a foreigner who is convicted for entering the U.S. while impersonating another MAY still be eligible for residency if the term of imprisonment imposed is less than 12 months.  Whether the offense is a crime that makes someone ineligible for residency requires studying the law that the person was convicted of. 

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