The presence of debt can make the immigration process seem more complicated. It is not uncommon for people seeking citizenship to worry that filing for bankruptcy will hurt their immigration status, keeping them from coming forward and getting the fresh start they deserve.
Filing for bankruptcy does not influence a person’s immigration status or ability to apply for citizenship. In fact, section 525 (a) of the US Bankruptcy Code prevents discrimination against a person filing for bankruptcy.
The reason a bankruptcy filing can result in trouble for some people is that they break the rules, exposing their immigration status to damage. Immigration officers look at many things when deciding if someone can become a citizen. They want to know if you’re honest, if you follow laws, and if you’ll be a good citizen. For example, lying on your bankruptcy petition, withholding relevant information, or failing to disclose assets can hurt your immigration status. Declaring bankruptcy is following a law, so it’s not a bad thing by itself. But if you lie or try to cheat during the bankruptcy process, that’s what can cause problems. Your record will be reviewed by immigration officials and evidence of crimes – such as lying under oath or falsifying documents – can be used as evidence that you lack the good moral character to have your immigration application approved.
Whether you are struggling with debt, need help with immigration, or both, the advice of an experienced attorney can help you. Talk to one of our attorneys in a free consultation by calling Free Consultation With An Attorney (631)673-1000 or by emailing us today. From our Mineola office, we serve all of New York.
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