Fraud Prevention 

The Fraud Prevention Unit’s (FPU) mission is to protect U.S. borders by stopping fraud in applications for U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, immigrant visas, and nonimmigrant visas.

The consequences are serious. If you commit fraud, you will not receive the immigration benefit you are seeking. You may also face fines or imprisonment. The FPU aggressively pursues fraud and refers cases for prosecution under U.S. and Brazilian law.

No one can guarantee you a U.S. passport or U.S. visa. Your application content is your responsibility and will be evaluated only during the interview by a consular officer. The U.S. government, or the Applicant Service Center authorized by the U.S. government, are the only official sources of information for consular application documents. Protect yourself from third parties who may provide incorrect information. Don’t fall for scams that involve paying for fraudulent documents. If you would like to report fraud, please send an email to

Legal Background and Consequences

Passport or visa application fraud is punishable under U.S. and Brazilian law.  You can find descriptions and penalties on application documents.

Form DS-11 – Application for a U.S. Passport (PDF 1.79MB)

Form DS-82 – Application for a U.S. Passport (PDF 1.25MB)

Form I-130 – Petition for Alien Relative (PDF 674KB)

Form DS-160 – Non-immigrant Visa Application