Applicant must be truthful and honest

WHAT U.S. VISA LAW STATES ABOUT BEING TRUTHFUL AND HONEST:

 8 U.S. Code #1546 states that student applicants must…not make any false statements nor present any document which contains false statements when appearing before a U.S. officer. .

EXPLANATION OF THIS LAW:

 Actually, this warning against making false statements is found in many U.S. laws and regulations and is strictly enforced—not only for international persons, but also for U.S. citizens who file official documents or making appearances before any judge, policeman, justice of the peace or any other “official”.

As for an international student applicant’s appearance before a visa official--occasionally, when there is a strong suspicion that an applicant has not been totally truthful in some way during the visa interview, some officers have been known to “test” the student’s honesty.

They can do that by asking a rather insignificant question which the officer is sure that the student would not be able to answer, one way the other. In many such cases, the student, afraid that he will be denied a visa if he doesn’t give a response of some kind—will make up an answer, instead of just admitting, “I don’t know the answer to your question”.

By failing to admit that he does not know the answer (and, instead, he makes up an answer), he has violated the above law which directs the visa office to assume that, if a person lies about some insignificant matter, he probably will be lying about more important matters. By way of example, if the applicant has earlier said, “I surely will come back home after I graduate from my studies in the U.S.”, the visa officer is more or less obligated to assume he is lying about this also, and he should be denied a visa. (Moral to the story: Always tell the truth, and if you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t make up an answer; rather, politely say, “I’m sorry, I don’t know”).

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