Obtaining a marriage based green card may be a dream come true for many couples. However, this sweet dream can instead become a nightmare if you or your spouse’s green card application is denied. Although romantic and comedic movies have been made about how fun and easy it is to obtain a marriage based green card, that is often far from the truth. In reality, immigration law is a complex field, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services must adhere to strict rules and regulations. There are many reasons a marriage based green card application may be rejected, but the following are some of the most common causes of denial.
- Incorrect Green Card Application, Wrong Fee, Incorrect Mailing Address for USCIS
- USCIS Considers Your Marriage a “Sham” or Fraudulent Marriage
- Lack of Financial Security to Become a U.S. Citizen
- Misunderstanding Your U.S. Green Card Eligibility
- USCIS Determines Ineligibility Based on Crimes, Previous Marriages
If you have any questions or concerns about whether your marriage green card application or if your marriage will be questioned by immigration officials when you apply for a U.S. green card, feel free to contact us today!
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! What could be more romantic than ensuring that you and your spouse can live together in the United States, happily ever after? Marriage green cards are a great immigration option for many immigrants who have married U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. But along with a number of other eligibility requirements (see our post on eligibility) your relationship must be able to withstand the scrutiny of USCIS!
USCIS needs to be assured that you are in a bona fide marriage. When two people get married and intend to establish a life together as spouses, the marriage is bona fide. A marriage entered into for the sole purpose of getting a green card is not bona fide. It’s called a “sham” or “fraudulent” marriage, and the USCIS tries to uncover these fake marriages and will refuse to issue green cards to people in a marriage that does not appear to be bona fide. USCIS is very strict in determining whether a marriage is bona fide. You will be asked many questions during the course of your application process and you will have to provide extensive documentation to show that you are establishing a life together. How can you prove that your relationship is bona fide? Continue reading
Every year, tens of thousands of United States Visas are issued to people who live overseas and are married or engaged to be married to an American Citizen. A U.S. visa allows them to move to the United States and be with their loved ones. There are a number of ways to obtain a U.S Visa to join your spouse or fiancé(e). If you are a foreign citizen and are engaged to a U.S. citizen, the most common way of coming to the U.S. is with a K-1 fiancé(e) Visa. For a foreign citizen spouse, there are several common ways to come the U.S., each with their own benefits. Below is a list of visas that can be obtained to bring a foreign fiancé(e) or spouse to the U.S.
Immigration options for a foreign fiancé(e) living overseas:
Immigration options for a foreign spouse living overseas:
- Spouse Visa K-3
- Spouse Visa IR-1 or CR-1
- Consular Processing
If you have any questions about obtaining a U.S. visa through your spouse or fiancé(e), call or email Your Immigration Angel for a free initial consultation. We can assist you today!