Proof of bona fide marriage for immigration petition is one of the key factors for a successful marriage based green card. Since marriage fraud does happen, the US immigration agency is very strict on making sure that all marriage based green card petitions are genuine. It is also a federal crime to marry someone with the intention to gain immigration status.
Although most foreign nationals enter into marriage in good faith, the fact that you are genuinely in love with your loved one does not exempt you from the need to show proof of bona fide marriage for immigration.
The United States of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) operates under the assumption that you do not have a bona fide marriage unless proven otherwise. With that assumption, it is your responsible to prove that your marriage is bona fide (real) based on a genuinely loving relationship and not for immigration benefits.
Proof of bona fide marriage for your marriage green card
In preparing a marriage based green card application, one of the key successful factors is to submit strong evidence to prove that the marriage is bona fide/genuine and not for immigration benefits.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and overseas Consulates use several factors in determining whether a marriage is in good faith and not just for immigration purposes. These factors include but are not limited to the following:
- Whether you and your sponsoring spouse have known each other for a reasonably long time;
- The frequency of meetings of the you and your sponsoring spouse prior to the marriage;
- Whether you and your sponsoring spouse have lived together in the past or presently living together;
- Whether you married only after either you or sponsoring spouse became the subject of an investigation, removal, or deportation proceedings by the USCIS.
- Whether you and your sponsoring spouse come from diverse cultural background or speaks a common language.
Why hire us?
As mentioned above, the USCIS view all marriages are fraud until proven otherwise and the burden of proof is on you, the petitioner/beneficiary. You must prove that your marriage is bona fide and not for immigration purposes.
Contact the Cipolla Law Group today and find out how we can represent you and your spouse to successfully obtain your marriage based green card. We are conveniently located in downtown Chicago and we have over 28 years of collective experience helping married and engaged couples to navigate the marriage green card process.
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- Marriage green card requirements
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- Marriage based adjustment of status