It is very important to always give accurate information to the immigration authorities. Few things cause more difficult problems in immigration cases than giving wrong information to the government.
Immigration law can be very complicated.
Remember that every case is different in some ways from every other case. A well-advised person with a medical problem would not blindly take someone else’s medical prescription without consulting their own doctor. Likewise, no one should blindly follow someone else’s immigration example without consulting their own immigration law counsel. “Off the street” advice from well-meaning friends can be deceptively simple and simply wrong. “Off the Internet” can be equally deceptive and wrong.
The immigration law system is constantly changing. Sometimes the changes are large, sometimes small. Sometimes fast. Sometimes slow. But whatever the change, if it affects your case, it is important for you to know about it.