HOW DOES USCIS SPOT FRAUD IN ASYLUM APPLICATIONS?
WHAT ARE THE RED FLAGS USCIS SEES AND LEADS TO FRAUD ALERTS?
Common Fraud Indicators in Written Asylum Applications
USCIS’s first opportunity to find fraud in your Asylum Application I-589 (called Application for Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Request for Relief under Convention Against Torture) usually happens when USCIS is reviewing the Asylum Application Form I-589 and the supporting documents sent.
The reviewing officer will look for such things as:
Signs that the applicant has submitted previous asylum applications, perhaps under a different name or telling a different story.
The person who prepared the application being known to the U.S. government for submitting fraudulent or boilerplate applications for asylum. If the attorney or paralegal listed as preparer in the form is suspected of asylum fraud and being investigated or was already arrested or convicted of immigraiton fraud.
Documents, such as copies of the person’s passport, birth certificate, letters, or newspaper articles, that appear to have been changed or fake. US Department of State has samples for officers to compare your documents to and if your documents do not match the forms they have, they may suspect fraud.
Photographs that look different than the person on the passport, a different age or nationality than the applicant claims, or otherwise suggest an imposter.
Fingerprint (biometrics) results that indicate different facts than claimed (alternate persona) or show a criminal history.
A travel history that doesn’t match the person’s claim or is otherwise suspicious, including return trips to the country where the supposed persecution took place.
Conflicts with applications from other family members or associates. Different information listed.
An unusually long time spent in the U.S. before applying for asylum.
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