I was banned from the UK for ten years, for submitting a non-genuine bank statement while applying for a student visa (to the UK).

My ban will end in two more years. I am now a spouse of a US citizen. I want to know if the UK ban will affect application for a US visa? As i am intending immigration into the US.

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Did you get a criminal charge (or possibly a conviction) over the forgery/fraud case? If so, your USA visa application may be hurt by foreign criminal records.

If not, there shouldn't be any impact. The USA visa application process does not depend on your UK visa status.

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    Except that most visa applications have a question similar to "have you ever been refused a visa?", and ask you to elaborate if the answer is 'yes'.
    – Scott Earle
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 9:43
  • In the applicable form I-130 (uscis.gov/i-130) this is question 16: "Has your relative ever been under immigration proceedings?". If you look at travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/denials.html, the main concern would be "moral turpitude" (i.e. the potential immigrant has a track record of dishonest behaviour). Given the assumptions that its (a) a single case, (b) not related to the USA and (c) there was no real criminal intent, I believe that there wouldn't be good grounds against a waiver. Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 10:02
  • @freek Wiekmeijer Question no.16 in this form.... Has your relative ever been under immigration proceedings? but I think immigration amounts to live permanently in a foreign country buh i was applied for temporary visa (study visa)
    – mani42
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 16:12
  • @FreekWiekmeijer, how can someone engage in fraud without criminal intent?
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 16:14
  • Moreover, Question is whether immigration offense is like a conviction?
    – mani42
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 16:15

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