By the Staff of New York Immigration Attorneys
The Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein
Question: My daughter became U.S. citizen two years ago. She filed for me. I entered the U.S. as a visitor many years ago. After I entered the US, my husband filed for me. Unfortunately, we did not have a good relationship, and our marriage did not last very long. I haven’t seen him in almost ten years. In response to my daughter’s I-130 visa petition, USCIS has asked me for proof my good faith marriage to my husband. I’m not even sure whether we are married or if he divorced me since then.
Spar & Bernstein: It is important for you to establish that your marriage to your husband was done in good faith and that you did not marry him for the purposes of obtaining a green card. If Immigration determines that you committed marriage fraud, you will be permanently barred from getting your green card. While your marriage was brief, you should try to obtain as many documents as you can to prove that you married your husband in good faith. You can include the following documents:
• Copy of joint bank accounts
• Copy of joint utility bills
• Copy of lease or rent agreement
• Copy of wedding photos and photos with friends and family
• Copy of joint insurance policies
• Copy of joint income tax returns
The more documents you gather, the more likely it will be that Immigration will believe that it was a good faith marriage. You should seek the counsel of our immigration attorneys as they can direct you in gathering your documents and your response to Immigration.
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