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Will my father's current illegal stay in US affect my GC application?

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My father he left our family and entered US legally on 2000, but since maybe around 2003, he didnot maintain his legal status and kept staying in US illegally till now.

I came US at 2008 as F1 student and then had a job here with H1B visa at 2012, now my company is filing green card application for me now. All my status is in legal status.

Maybe I am worried too much, but my big concern is whether my father’s illegal status here will affect my GC application or not. Since when I am preparing the form I-325, it asks “city and country of residence” of my parents. If I tell the truth that my father is currently staying in US, if USCIS finds out he does not have legal status, will they deny my GC application? Or should I just hide the information and say his residence is still in our home country?

I really appreciate if someone could give me some advise how to address this concern!!!

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for you - it's best you tell the truth, as some nitpicker would notice it later.

for your father - he's made his choice already.

it's best to tell the truth, knowing that ICE sweeps occur in certain locales.


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Hi Darnell,

Thanks very much for your quick response and help.

Honestly,I want to type the truth in the application form. But I just wonder any chance he could cause any issue for me. if someone has similar experience or handled the similar case for applicants.

Really,to me it is hard to believe his choice/status should affect my case, as I have been studying/working hard to get the job and maitain my legal status in US.

for you - it's best you tell the truth, as some nitpicker would notice it later.

for your father - he's made his choice already.

it's best to tell the truth, knowing that ICE sweeps occur in certain locales.

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Hi,

Your father's illegal stay has nothing to do with you. We do not hold family responsible for the acts of individual members.

You need to state the truth on the immigration forms. You fill out and sign the forms under a penalty of perjury (meaning that you are swearing to tell the truth and lying or withholding the truth means you will suffer the penalty for perjury - lying under oath). If you lie, you will suffer the consequences for lying. You will not be punished for your father's illegal stay. You will be punished if you lie about his whereabout. Listing that he lives in China would be a lie.

Best of luck.

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