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What Is an Immigration Marriage?

An immigration marriage is when a non-citizen (immigrant) gains U.S. citizenship by marrying an American citizen. Most immigrant spouses first enter the country through a fiancé visa (K-1 visa) or a permanent visa. The fiancé visa allows a non-citizen to enter the country to marry his or her fiancé, while the permanent visa is intended for non-citizens who have already married an American citizen. The permanent visa, a conditional green card, allows the immigrant to remain in the U.S. while he or she goes through the full green card application process.

What Can Prevent Me From Obtaining a Permanent Visa?

If you entered the country illegally, as in you entered the U.S. without a visa, you may not be eligible to receive a green card. Furthermore, if you entered the U.S. on a tourist visa with the intention of marrying an American citizen, that is considered marriage fraud by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and may be grounds for deportation.

How Do I Obtain a Green Card?

If you have already married an American citizen and wish to come to the U.S., you should apply for a conditional green card. The rules governing green card marriages are incredibly strict and have far reaching and severe legal consequences. To begin the application process, the American spouse should complete a Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-30), in order to show his or her intent to sponsor the immigrant spouse, and submit it to the local USCIS office in the immigrant spouse's country.

Do I Need an Immigration Lawyer?

If you or a loved one needs a fiancé visa or needs to apply for a green card marriage, you should talk to a lawyer. An experienced immigration lawyer will be able to help you through the process and ensure that all the necessary paperwork is filed in order to smooth the path to citizen for you or your spouse.

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Last Modified: 08-20-2014 12:21 PM PDT

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