Passport and visa fraud has always been a crime under federal law. However, it is now a clear priority of the federal Department of Justice to focus on the prosecution of immigration crimes to the fullest extent.
It is always important to obtain the assistance of an experienced federal CrImmigration defense attorney when charged with any federal crime, but it’s especially important when charged with a criminal immigration offense because it is a very specialized area of law.
What is a U.S. passport? What is a U.S. passport card?
A passport book is a travel document issued by the U.S. Government to a U.S. citizen for travel to and from the United States. U.S. passports are recognized as legal proof of a person’s identity and U.S. citizenship. In Fiscal Year 2010, 13.6 million passports were issued to U.S. citizens. More than one-third of the U.S. citizen population holds a valid passport.
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A passport card is a wallet-size travel document that can only be used to re-enter the United States at land border-crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The card provides a less expensive, smaller, and convenient alternative to the passport book for those who travel frequently to these destinations by land or by sea. The State Department began issuing the passport card in July 2008. As of June 2011, the Department has issued more than 4.5 million passport cards.