Immigration Officers usually ask where you were born and whether you have immigration documentation.

If you are a permanent resident, you must carry your green card (or a copy) with you at all times. Show the card to the Immigration Officer, if s/he asks to see it. You do not have to show it to the local police unless you have no other identification.

If you are an undocumented immigrant, follow these two rules.

  • You do not have to answer the Officer’s questions if you do not want to.
  • If you decide to answer the Officer’s questions, DO NOT LIE. It is better NOT to answer than it is to lie. If you lie, and later try to become a permanent resident, that lie can be used against you.

If an Immigration Officer arrests you, s/he may ask you to sign a paper to give up your right to a removal hearing. It is not a good idea to do this. Do not sign any papers giving up your rights without talking to a lawyer first.

Important! Remember these rules:

  1. You do not have to answer an Officer’s questions, if you do not want to.
  2. If you decide to answer the Officer’s questions, do not lie.
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