24/7 call for a free consultation 212-300-5196




When you’re facing a federal issue, you need an attorney whose going to be available 24/7 to help you get the results and outcome you need. The value of working with the Spodek Law Group is that we treat each and every client like a member of our family.

Responding to Target Letters in EB-5 and Other Immigration Fraud Investigations


Responding to Target Letters in EB-5 and Other Immigration Fraud Investigations

Getting a target letter from the government can be scary. It likely means you’re under investigation for immigration fraud. Don’t panic! With the right legal help, you can get through this.

In this article, we’ll walk through what target letters are, what they mean for EB-5 and other immigration cases, and most importantly – how to respond to protect yourself.

What is a Target Letter?

A target letter is a letter sent by government investigators to someone they consider a “target” of an investigation. It informs you that you’re under investigation and invites you to provide information or testify.

These letters don’t necessarily mean you’ll be criminally charged. But they do mean the government has evidence suggesting you may have broken the law.

Target Letters in EB-5 and Immigration Cases

Getting a target letter related to an EB-5 or other immigration petition is serious. It likely means Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or another agency has opened an investigation into potential visa fraud.

Some common immigration-related accusations include:

Christine Twomey
Christine Twomey
Just had my Divorce case settled 2 months ago after having a horrible experience with another firm. I couldn’t be happier with Claire Banks and Elizabeth Garvey with their outstanding professionalism in doing so with Spodek Law Group. Any time I needed questions answered they were always prompt in doing so with all my uncertainties after 30 yrs of marriage.I feel from the bottom of my heart you will NOT be disappointed with either one. Thanks a million.
Brendan huisman
Brendan huisman
Alex Zhik contacted me almost immediately when I reached out to Spodek for a consultation and was able to effectively communicate the path forward/consequences of my legal issue. I immediately agreed to hire Alex for his services and did not regret my choice. He was able to cover my case in court (with 1 day notice) and not only was he able to push my case down, he carefully negotiated a dismissal of the charge altogether. I highly recommend Spodek, and more specifically, Alex Zhik for all of your legal issues. Thanks guys!
Guerline Menard
Guerline Menard
Thanks again Spodek law firm, particularly Esq Claire Banks who stood right there with us up to the finish line. Attached photos taken right outside of the court building and the smile on our faces represented victory, a breath of fresh air and satisfaction. We are very happy that this is over and we can move on with our lives. Thanks Spodek law 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙌🏼❤️
Keisha Parris
Keisha Parris
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko Beauty
Taïko Beauty
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence. Thank you team!
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams
Hey, how you guys doing? Good afternoon my name is Anthony Williams I just want to give a great shout out to the team of. Spodek law group. It is such a honor to use them and to use their assistance through this whole case from start to finish. They did everything that they said they was gonna do and if it ever comes down to it, if I ever have to use them again, hands-down they will be the first law office at the top of my list, thank you guys so much. It was a pleasure having you guys by my side so if you guys ever need them, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give them a call.
Loveth Okpedo
Loveth Okpedo
Very professional, very transparent, over all a great experience
Bee L
Bee L
Amazing experience with Spodek! Very professional lawyers who take your case seriously. They treated me with respect, were always available, and answered any and all questions. They were able to help me very successfully and removed a huge stress. Highly recommend.
divesh patel
divesh patel
I can't recommend Alex Zhik and Spodek Law Firm highly enough for their exceptional legal representation and personal mentorship. From the moment I engaged their services in October 2022, Alex took the time to understand my case thoroughly and provided guidance every step of the way. Alex's dedication to my case went above and beyond my expectations. His expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were evident throughout the entire process. He took the time to mentor me, ensuring I understood the legal complexities involved to make informed decisions. Alex is the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with and has made a meaningful impact on me. I also want to acknowledge Todd Spodek, the leader of the firm, who played a crucial role in my case. His leadership and support bolstered the efforts of Alex, and his involvement highlighted the firm's commitment to excellence. Thanks to Alex Zhik and Todd Spodek, I achieved the outcome I desired, and I am incredibly grateful for their professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. If you're in need of legal representation, look no further than this outstanding team.
  • Lying on visa applications
  • Fake marriages to get green cards
  • EB-5 fraud like making up investment funds

You’ll need an experienced immigration attorney to help respond to these types of allegations.

Responding to an EB-5 or Immigration Target Letter

If you receive a target letter related to an immigration case, you shouldn’t ignore it. You also shouldn’t just show up to testify without legal counsel.

Here are important steps to responding:

  1. Don’t panic. Take a deep breath and focus on next steps.
  2. Don’t destroy any documents related to your case. That can lead to obstruction charges.
  3. Hire an immigration defense lawyer immediately. You’ll want an aggressive attorney on your side.
  4. Decline the invitation to testify or provide evidence. Politely assert your Fifth Amendment rights.
  5. Ask your lawyer to reach out to the investigator for more information. They may share details to help build your defense.
  6. Work with your lawyer to correct any application errors or clear up misunderstandings. Be 100% truthful with them.
  7. Have your attorney present evidence of your innocence or any mitigating factors.
  8. Negotiate a favorable resolution with your lawyer’s help. In many cases this is possible.
  9. If you do end up charged, your lawyer will defend you in court.

Avoiding Immigration Fraud Accusations

The best way to avoid getting a target letter is to avoid immigration fraud in the first place. Here are some tips:

  • Be truthful on ALL visa applications and petitions. Lying has serious consequences.
  • Work with an experienced immigration lawyer to ensure applications are accurate and complete.
  • Keep detailed records proving eligibility like financial documents or photos.
  • File any required follow-up paperwork on time to show good faith.
  • Consult a lawyer if any part of your immigration process feels questionable.

Following the rules precisely may take longer but it keeps you from facing fraud allegations down the road.

Fighting Immigration Fraud Charges

If you do end up facing charges, an immigration defense lawyer can help protect your rights and future in the U.S. Options may include:

  • Negotiating a favorable plea deal: Your lawyer may be able to get charges dismissed or reduced, avoid jail time, and preserve your immigration status.
  • Challenging evidence: If evidence against you was obtained illegally, it may be excluded from your case.
  • Presenting mitigating evidence: Your lawyer can gather materials and testimony showing your positive character and contributions.
  • Appealing a conviction: With new evidence or procedural issues, you may be able to get a conviction overturned.

An experienced attorney knows the complex immigration laws and defenses that apply to your case. Early involvement from a lawyer is key.

Avoiding Deportation After Fraud Charges

Immigration fraud convictions can lead to removal from the U.S. But an attorney may help you avoid this using:

  • Cancellation of removal: If you’ve lived in the U.S. for 10+ years, have good moral character, and removal would cause hardship for family, deportation may be canceled.
  • Post-conviction relief: Options like appeals and habeas corpus petitions could overturn a conviction leading to deportation.
  • Asylum: If you fear persecution in your home country, you may be able to seek asylum to remain in the U.S.

Don’t give up hope. Where there are immigration consequences, there are often immigration defenses if you have the right lawyer.

Take Target Letters Seriously

Getting a target letter in an immigration fraud investigation is scary. But with an experienced attorney guiding each step, you can limit the damage and even avoid charges altogether in some cases.

Don’t wait – get legal help right away if you receive one of these letters. The sooner you respond strategically, the better your chances of a favorable outcome.

Schedule Your Consultation Now