18 U.S.C. § 1546 : US Code - Section 1546: Fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents

Search 18 U.S.C. § 1546 : US Code - Section 1546: Fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents

      (a) Whoever knowingly forges, counterfeits, alters, or falsely
    makes any immigrant or nonimmigrant visa, permit, border crossing
    card, alien registration receipt card, or other document prescribed
    by statute or regulation for entry into or as evidence of
    authorized stay or employment in the United States, or utters,
    uses, attempts to use, possesses, obtains, accepts, or receives any
    such visa, permit, border crossing card, alien registration receipt
    card, or other document prescribed by statute or regulation for
    entry into or as evidence of authorized stay or employment in the
    United States, knowing it to be forged, counterfeited, altered, or
    falsely made, or to have been procured by means of any false claim
    or statement, or to have been otherwise procured by fraud or
    unlawfully obtained; or
      Whoever, except under direction of the Attorney General or the
    Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, or
    other proper officer, knowingly possesses any blank permit, or
    engraves, sells, brings into the United States, or has in his
    control or possession any plate in the likeness of a plate designed
    for the printing of permits, or makes any print, photograph, or
    impression in the likeness of any immigrant or nonimmigrant visa,
    permit or other document required for entry into the United States,
    or has in his possession a distinctive paper which has been adopted
    by the Attorney General or the Commissioner of the Immigration and
    Naturalization Service for the printing of such visas, permits, or
    documents; or
      Whoever, when applying for an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa,
    permit, or other document required for entry into the United
    States, or for admission to the United States personates another,
    or falsely appears in the name of a deceased individual, or evades
    or attempts to evade the immigration laws by appearing under an
    assumed or fictitious name without disclosing his true identity, or
    sells or otherwise disposes of, or offers to sell or otherwise
    dispose of, or utters, such visa, permit, or other document, to any
    person not authorized by law to receive such document; or
      Whoever knowingly makes under oath, or as permitted under penalty
    of perjury under section 1746 of title 28, United States Code,
    knowingly subscribes as true, any false statement with respect to a
    material fact in any application, affidavit, or other document
    required by the immigration laws or regulations prescribed
    thereunder, or knowingly presents any such application, affidavit,
    or other document which contains any such false statement or which
    fails to contain any reasonable basis in law or fact - 
      Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 25
    years (if the offense was committed to facilitate an act of
    international terrorism (as defined in section 2331 of this
    title)), 20 years (if the offense was committed to facilitate a
    drug trafficking crime (as defined in section 929(a) of this
    title)), 10 years (in the case of the first or second such offense,
    if the offense was not committed to facilitate such an act of
    international terrorism or a drug trafficking crime), or 15 years
    (in the case of any other offense), or both.
      (b) Whoever uses - 
        (1) an identification document, knowing (or having reason to
      know) that the document was not issued lawfully for the use of
      the possessor,
        (2) an identification document knowing (or having reason to
      know) that the document is false, or
        (3) a false attestation,

    for the purpose of satisfying a requirement of section 274A(b) of
    the Immigration and Nationality Act, shall be fined under this
    title, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
      (c) This section does not prohibit any lawfully authorized
    investigative, protective, or intelligence activity of a law
    enforcement agency of the United States, a State, or a subdivision
    of a State, or of an intelligence agency of the United States, or
    any activity authorized under title V of the Organized Crime
    Control Act of 1970 (18 U.S.C. note prec. 3481).(!1) For purposes
    of this section, the term "State" means a State of the United
    States, the District of Columbia, and any commonwealth, territory,
    or possession of the United States.