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Fraud Prevention

Fraud Prevention Unit

One of the Fraud Prevention Unit's principal missions is to safeguard U.S. borders by detecting and stopping fraud in applications for non-immigrant and immigrant visas. We accomplish this critical goal by training Consular Section staff on fraud detection, maintaining close cooperation with U.S. and Peruvian law enforcement agencies, and deploying our staff of highly trained investigators to conduct interviews and investigations.  If you have any information concerning fraud in a visa application, please contact the Fraud Prevention Unit.  For up to date information on fraud prevention, please visit Travel.State.gov.

Assistance Completing Your Visa Application

The website of the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is the best source of information regarding visa qualifications and processing.  Do not rely on "tramitadores" or anyone else that approaches you offering to assist in completing your visa application, especially if they charge you for their help.  If a friend or family member assists you in completing your visa application, this should be declared on your application form.  If you have a question regarding your visa application and cannot find the answer, please see our Frequently Asked Questions, or Contact Us.

The Consequences of Committing Fraud

The consequences of fraud are extremely serious. If you commit fraud, either by omitting relevant information or by purposely providing false information, you could be found permanently ineligible to receive any immigration benefit in the future.  In some cases you may also have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, and you may even go to jail.

The Fraud Prevention Unit, working closely with the American Citizen Services Unit, the Immigrant Visa Unit, the Non-Immigrant Visa Unit, the Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security, aggressively pursues fraud cases, referring individuals as appropriate for prosecution under U.S. and/or Peruvian law.

The consequences of fraud are extremely serious.  Below are the written warnings on some of the applications/documents that are commonly seen in the Consular Section. The warnings speak for themselves.

Form DS-160 (Nonimmigrant Visa Application) contains the following certification that the applicant must sign:

I certify that I have read and understood all the questions set forth in this application and the answers I have furnished on this form are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.  I understand that any false or misleading statement may result in the permanent refusal of a visa or denial or entry into the United States.  I understand that possession of a visa does not automatically entitle the bearer to enter the United States of America upon arrival at a port of entry if he or she is found inadmissible.

Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) contains the following warning:

The Department of Homeland Security investigates claimed relationships and verifies the validity of documents.  The Department of Homeland Security seeks criminal prosecutions when family relationships are falsified to obtain visas.  Penalties: You may, by law, be imprisoned for not more than five years, or fined US$250,000, or both, for entering into a marriage contract for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws and you may be fined up to US$10,000 or imprisoned up to five years or both, for knowingly and willfully falsifying or concealing a material fact or using any false document in submitting this petition.

Diversity Visa (The Visa Lottery)

Currently, Peru is not eligible to participate in the Diversity Visa program because of the high number (more than 50,000) of Peruvian immigrants to the United States over the previous five (5) years.  For more information, please visit the Diversity Visa section of our website.

Fraudulent websites are posing as official U.S. government sites.  Some companies posing as the U.S. government have sought money in order to "complete" DV entry forms.  There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form.  To learn more, see the Department of State Warning and the Federal Trade Commission Warning.

The Department of State does not notify successful DV applicants by letter or email.  Entrants can check the status of their entries by visiting the DV Entrant Status Check website.

Contact the Fraud Prevention Unit

Committing fraud in an application for a visa makes it more difficult for those that have a legitimate need to travel to the United States to do so.  If you have a tip concerning fraud that you wish to share with us, you may contact the Fraud Prevention Unit by email at LimaFPM@state.gov or by calling (01) 618-2100 (if dialing from Peru) or [011] (51-1) 618-2100 (if dialing from the United States).

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