Why do I need to proof my marriage is genuine for my marriage green card?
Marriage fraud is a federal crime. Although you entered into marriage in good faith and your marriage is genuine, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) operates under the assumption that you do not have a bona fide marriage unless proven otherwise. It is therefore your responsible to prove that your marriage is real based on a genuine loving relationship.
Proof of marriage for marriage based 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 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 speak a common language and have common interests, beliefs, values, or traditions so that you want to spend your lives together.
You may be interested in the following pages:
- Marriage based green card requirements
- Marriage with U.S. citizen
- Marriage with green card residence
- Marriage based adjustment of status