The Board If Immigration Appeals has ruled that an alien who falsely claimed U.S. citizenship on his I-9 form is not automatically precluded from establishing good moral character in deportation/removal proceedings. This issue comes up frequently in deportation, marriage green card and citizenship/naturalization applications where the alien is required to show good morale character.
Some USCIS officers have taken the position that a false claim of U.S. citizenship automatically disqualifies the alien from demonstrating good moral character and subjects the alien to deportation or removal. This case reverses that conclusion. The BIA ruled that a false claim of citizenship in such instances has to be weighed against other factors and circumstances to make an overall discretionary determination whether the alien establishes good morale character.