Politicians debate illegal  immigration yet ignore rampant fraud within the LEGAL immigration system. 

“I figured if we clearly documented that Erik was inadmissible to get a green card in the first place, involved in criminal activities, lied on immigration forms, tried to kill me, repeatedly threatened me and committed marriage fraud, the feds would have to do something. I was wrong."


- Elena Maria Lopez

(March 15, 2017 U.S. Senate Judiciary testimony)

U.S. citizen attacked and defrauded by Dutch husband;  New Jersey resident and former journalist

Watch the former chief of the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) expalin immigration fraud. (You Tube)

Pretend to be a crime victim -- any crime.

  • Evidence required: None.
  • Success rate: unknown
  • Bonus: California requires taxpayers to foot immigration & legal bills

"... my fiancée indicated that she did not need me any more to get her green card
and boasted that she can get it quicker in other ways. I thought she was joking ...
During this time, my family in Pakistan has been harassed and threatened by her father and brothers. One of her brothers threatened to kidnap my niece.."


- Dr. Jamal Hussain

(March 15, 2017 U.S. Senate Judiciary testimony)

California cardiologist; Naturalized U.S. citizen defrauded by Pakistani fiancée

They already exist

Bypass vetting & get a quick green card by claiming emotional or physical abuse.

  • Evidence required: None.
  • Success rate: 75 - 85 %
  • Bonus: U.S. govt. pays  legal fees

Site Map


Intro. to Immigration Fraud (You Tube - CIS)


Background: Types of Fraud

  • Document
  • Immigration benefit
  • Marriage
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  • U visa
  • Family-related
  • Bigamy
  • Dependents & children
  • Business
  • H1-B
  • Investor
  • Employment & false documents
  • Asylum & refugee

Laws & regulations

  • Problems in existing laws
  • Changing current laws
  • What victims can do

Data & research


NBC investigates marriage fraud (KPRC-Houston)

Senate Hearing: K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Fraud

Exposing government incompetence

& lax homeland security


Some of the ways to "amnesty" an illegal or fraudulent status:

  • Claim Crime Victim Status for Fast-Tracked Green Cards (The U Visa)
  • Claim Your American Spouse Abused You (VAWA -- or the Violence Against Women Act)
  • "Get Out of Jail Free" Card: Marry an American (The Fraud Waiver)
  • Get Immigration Officials to Bar Criminal Records from Immigration Proceedings (VAWA, the U Visa or the T Visa)
  • Illegal and Need to Fix Your Status? (The U Visa, VAWA, 245(i) provisions)
U.S. Senate visa fraud hearing (March 15, 2017)

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In the News

  • Elena Maria Lopez is a former journalist and an immigration fraud victim.
  • She set up this site in 2004 to provide credible information, data and resources to journalists, policymakers and victims.
  • She testified before the U.S. Senate about the man that married her and tried to kill her for a green card.
  • She's been interviewed by media on both sides of the partisan divide about immigration fraud and her story. The Spanish-language press in the United States also covered her story.
  • Lopez has exposed blatant fraud, abuse and negligence within the homeland security community.
  • She has tirelessly lobbied to change the laws victimizing Americans and the nation's security.