USCIS Policy on False Claims Citizenship

USCIS is updating its Policy Manual (PDF, 307 KB) to align with BIA precedent decision Matter of Zhang from June 2019, in which the BIA held that false claims of U.S. citizenship do not need to be knowingly made to make an alien deportable. Under the law, an alien is inadmissible or deportable if the alien falsely represents him or herself to be a citizen of the United States for any purpose or benefit under immigration law or under other federal or state law. The only exception Congress provided to the false claim to U.S. citizenship ground of inadmissibility requires that each parent of the alien is or was a U.S. citizen, the alien permanently resided in the United States before the age of 16, and the alien reasonably believed he or she was a U.S. citizen when claiming to be one.

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