Man Convicted of Illegally Obtaining Citizenship Through Marriage Fraud

A Columbus, Ohio man was recently convicted of unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. The guilty verdict was handed down after a joint investigation by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Homeland Security Investigations, which revealed that the man committed marriage fraud in order to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.

The 41-year-old man at the center of the case came to the United States from Pakistan on a visitor’s visa, married a U.S. citizen and eventually became a naturalized citizen. All the while, he was married with children in Pakistan, a fact that he unlawfully withheld from authorities during the naturalization process.

What is marriage fraud?

Simply put, marriage fraud involves entering into a marriage specifically for the purpose of procuring naturalization, or U.S. citizenship. Related, covering up relevant details to make a marriage appear legitimate—as happened in the case of the Columbus man—is also