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Righting a Wrong: Dissolving a Fraudulent Marriage
Before you understand how to get out of a fraudulent marriage, you must first understand what it means to enter into one. Marriages considered frauds are under the U.S. Immigration Law and involve U.S. citizens who willing enter into a marriage with an undocumented immigrant to help that immigrant obtain a green card. Contrary to popular belief, marriage to a U.S. citizen does not automatically make an immigrant a U.S. citizen. Immigrants who marry U.S. citizens must first prove that their marriage is indeed legitimate, a lengthy process that involves signing forms and being interviewed by representatives for the U.S. Immigration Office.
Marriage fraud is a serious crime and carries penalties for both the citizen and the immigrant. One of the reasons that it is considered such a crime is because it poses a major security risk to the country. The U.S. Immigration Office estimates that approximately 1/5 of the marriages of undocumented immigrants to U.S. citizens are fraudulent. Each year, thousands of cases of fraud are committed by both parties in the marriage.
There are, however, cases of U.S. citizens who have married immigrants, believing that they were in love, only to later find out that they were being used for their citizenship. If you believe that you entered a marriage in good faith, but somehow been deceived into a fraudulent marriage, there are steps you can take to not only exonerate yourself, but also to have the undocumented immigrant’s green card revoked or have him or her potentially removed from the country.
- Submit a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stating that you wish to withdraw the form that requires removal permanent resident status to be replaced with spouse of a citizen.
- Refuse to attend any interviews set up by the Immigration Officers investigating the case. This could go a long way in helping to prove you were not a part of the fraudulent crime.
- Continue to fulfill any obligations you agreed to until the partner’s green card is revoked or he or she is removed from the country.
- Most importantly, you should contact a reputable immigration attorney. The attorney will be up to date on your state in particular.
Remember that the Immigration Office has seen thousands of cases were intentional fraud has been committed, and have to be convinced of a citizen’s innocence. For more information about fraud marriages, visit the marriage annulment lawyer in San Diego listed here.
Paul advises people on divorce and family law matters. You can find his thoughts at Wordpress blog
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