Permanent Residence Through Marriage: Five Problems To Avoid

Hi, Carlos Batara here, in another in our ongoing series of simplifying and demystifying immigration law. Today, I want to discuss permanent residence through marriage. As I have noted in other videos, there’s a comment perception that this is probably the easiest way, perhaps the most guaranteed path, to a green card. That may well be. There is no real guarantee, but that may well be true in terms of this being an easier path, somewhat easier path. But there are some major pitfalls. There are some major stumbling blocks. There are some major problems. And in this video, I want to quickly address those. There’s five here that I have laid out that I would really like to discuss with you to make sure that you don’t fall into the trap of making any of these. The first one is that your marriage must be real. By that, I mean it must not be false. Let me give you an example of a real marriage. Now, when I was a rookie attorney . . . I was in my first year of practicing immigration law, I had a couple and I prepared their immigration papers, and they fooled me. They fooled me because it was not a legitimate marriage in my mind after the interview. After the first interview, I could tell something was vastly wrong. That it was not a real marriage. In legal terms, we call that not a bona fide marriage. I was furious. When we went outside the meeting room, I told them that I didn’t think that it was a real marriage and that I thought that they have duped me. I thought they were trying to fool the immigration service and then at the second interview which the immigration officer said that they were going to setup that really, they were in great danger if they were committing fraud. Well, I never heard from them again. And I pledged to myself that day that I would never again be caught in that situation. That I would never again be duped like that. And now, two plus decades later, it’s true. I’ve never been caught in that situation again. It was a rookie mistake. It was that I had not seen through some of the signs that I probably should have caught right at the start. But I was a rookie. No harm, no foul. They disappeared. They dropped their case. I never heard from them again. But that’s what I mean by not a real marriage, it’s a fraud. I don’t know if you heard about a year ago, a year and a half ago. There was a woman on the East Coast, and didn’t get caught until her tenth marriage. She was marrying for money. And somehow, she had gotten through the officers nine times. I do not know if she had given him different names or what, but you would think somewhere in the fingerprint process of the husband or somewhere, she would have been detected. But it wasn’t until the tenth husband that she got caught. And I am sure by now that probably all ten husbands have been deported or they are in jail. And that she is probably serving some kind of prison term. It was unreal. I read the story, and said “Ten times?” How did that happen? Real marriage. Bona fide marriage. Don’t commit fraud. Absolutely don’t commit fraud. The second one is a legal marriage. Now, a legal marriage is a marriage that . . . it’s bona fide. It’s real. But it may not be legal. So how does that happen? Well, I had an individual once who had a divorce from the Dominican Republic. And so he married a woman here, 20 plus years later, and he sought to immigrate her. Then he went to the interview, and the officer said, “This is not a legitimate divorce certificate.” Now the officer, having been trained in looking at divorce certificates from various countries in Central and South America, spotted it right away. This person thought he was legitimately divorced. He thought he was legitimately remarried. He wasn’t. The marriage in a sense was real. But it wasn’t legal. He wasn’t divorced. You can’t remarry if you are not divorced. So, he had to . . . he had to . . . they came to my office. He had to go back to his country, pull the documents, talk to his first wife, file for a default divorce here in California, and make the divorce real before ICE could come and grab his wife and deport her. Fortunately, we were able to do it. In another case, an individual came to my office. And he already had his wife and step son in deportation proceedings. Why? For the same reason. He did not have a legitimate divorce. But they had went so far and they did not even think of fighting it until way after the wife and the child were sent to the immigration court. That’s what can happen when it’s not a legal marriage, so be careful about that. You may think your divorced but make sure. And that happens a lot of people, a lot of immigrants or a lot of spouses, they just want out of the marriage and they cut out. They live in Kansas, and they move to New York. And they think the divorce is over and the other spouse handled it correctly. Well, maybe it wasn’t handled correctly. Maybe the other spouse didn’t finish paying the attorney. Something might have happened. But anyway, make sure your marriage is legal. That’s stumbling block number two. Stumbling block number three are individuals who are living here without permission. It can happen basically two ways. They entered without inspection. Or they entered legally but they overstayed. Now, in many cases, especially those that entered without inspection, unless they can meet one of the exceptions to allow going to an interview here in the United States, they are going to have to go abroad. They are going to go back home. And that raises questions having to do with the consular processing of unlawful presence and perhaps not being able to come back to US for ten years – for three years, ten years or even longer. So that could be a problem. Same thing with an overstay. Overstays – sometimes they overstay but then they go back and somehow they manage to come back in. But they have broken the period [of lawful presence]. Or they come back in, and they don’t tell the consulate everything accurately, and they are able to come back in the second time. Maybe not on a visitor’s visa, maybe on a student visa, or vice versa. And they have issues. Again, without lawful presence, it’s going to cause problems at the interview. Those are the types of issues that if you’re trying to immigrate someone through marriage, make sure you cover those. And because of these issues, I strongly think individuals should not try to do this alone. I have heard so many cases, “My uncle did it alone. My cousin did it alone.” No, no, no, no, no. These issues are too complex, too complicated, too technical that you really should see an attorney and at least discuss the issues before you file papers. And you’ve got to be totally honest. It’s that simple. You’ve have to be totally honest or an attorney cannot help you. Number Four is almost a no-brainer. Convictions. If you have any kind of convictions, you may have to deal with it when the immigrant goes to the interview. If the immigrant has convictions, you may have to deal with it when the immigrant goes to the interview. I’ve seen situations where the immigrants don’t want to reveal the whole truth. Because they don’t reveal the whole truth, they think, “Well, you know my conviction was 30 years ago. It is not going to count.” Well, no. Immigration can count even minor convictions in terms of state law – they can be major convictions in terms of immigration law. Again, this is a technical issue. This is one of those issues that individuals should not be trying to handle on their own. They really need some professional assistance to sort through this issue. And to see if they can work through it so that they can be successful and walk out of that immigration interview knowing that the immigrant spouse is now a green card holder. The fifth issue is financial support. There is an affidavit of support requirement. It’s a hundred and twenty-five percent of the poverty line. Now, this is an issue that I think should never trip anyone up, especially if you’re getting professional assistance. This has got to be spotted right away when you’re turning in income taxes. What I have seen is individuals come to my office and they haven’t – either they haven’t reported their taxes in full or they haven’t paid their taxes or that they have penalties or that they marked boxes wrong. For instance, they said they were married seven years before they were married. And so, they’ve got to amend their tax returns. They’ve got to go back, go to a tax preparer, go to an accountant. Clean it up legally. Then, you come back with amended tax returns and then you submit it terms of the Affidavit of Support. Now, even that does not guarantee that they would meet the 125% of the poverty line. But there are other ways to meet that. I mean you can get an uncle, you can get an aunt, you can get a brother, you can get a sister, you can get someone to co-sponsor you. So, I don’t believe this issue should ever trip anyone up. But I’ve seen it. People come to my office after the fact. And yes, normally we can clean it up. But it shouldn’t trip people up in the beginning. So, here’s five quick issues that you should be aware of when you are trying to immigrate a spouse through marriage. Make sure that the marriage is real. Make sure that the marriage is legal. Make sure that there’s no entry or overstay issues that can undermine the application. Watch out for convictions, and be sure your finances are in proper order before you submit Affidavit of Support documents. With that, I hope I’ve been able to give you some insight into problems that can trip you up and that you avoid them. And I’ll be talking to you again soon in another video.

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  1. Any suggestions for Bi-sexual men. If they married first with females and have children and now they want to marry a man of their dreams. What will the law says about this? Any body please?

  2. Is your office in Dallas area In Texas, I’ve been dating my gf for 2.5 – 3 years now and we are ready to get married, I’ve come here on a student visa and currently on opt.

  3. Me and my boyfriend have been dating for a year now and we were wanting to get married. The thing is with our financial situation we can’t live together. I’m a US citizen he’s not. Is there any other option we could possibly take? He has aunts and uncles here that are cUS citizens, but both of his parents are deceased.

  4. N wat if my us citizen who sponsored my green card petition has a domestic violence felony. Would it affect my application? Or do i need to take any documents relating to this at interview?

  5. Hello sir, just wanna ask.. if … is there a limit in amount of characters in given names on immigrant visa? Cuz the visa they issued me doesnt exactly matched my passport.. well, it didnt appear my suffix name “ I “ on my visa.
    Any advice? Should i return my visa packet to the embassy for some correction regarding with mg suffix name?TIA.

  6. My wife and I have been married for over a year now, we are about filing and I want to know if it's okay to add pictures of her ultrasound in our supporting documents cos she's pregnant. Secondly I want to know if the fact that she will be taking a maternity leave in a few weeks will affect our petition with respect to her finances..Really concerned!!

  7. I had Daca and it expired 2 yrs ago but have been married a while now what can I do plz call me 909-729-6229

  8. A question, i came with a tourist visa, i applied for asylum, my asylum case is still pending, and last October i got married to a US citizen, does my wife needs to file a form I 130?

  9. Hello sir
    U r great ..!!
    Pls suggest …
    My spouse is gc holder living in usa and i had apply i-130 so how much time we will live together and i will get gc card ??

  10. What if it is real but they think it’s fake? What if you get nervous easily that can cause complications. I get nervous allot and stumble and stutter.

  11. The woman with the 10 men, 3 were deported they were from Poland and somewhwre in Europe.. The other 7 were from Africa, Haiti, Mexico and South America those men are in the US and living here under Obamas assylum program.. The ones from Europe did not qualify .Racism?

  12. What if they have conviction and overstayed their visa? Is it 601 wavier would needed when submit for AOS?

  13. Sir how are you? Thank you for sharing your knodledge with us… Im 28 years old and am a legal permanent resident for almost 13 years(green card)… I just got married 4 months ago in my homecountry( Peru) we got married because we love eachother so much and its killing us because of the fact that we are far from eachother… I have a daughter and a babymomma that 4 years ago she accused me of domestic violence and i was took to jail and i bail myself out the next day. I showed up to court few days after and i heard judge saying that hes dropping my charges because there was no evedince of violence. But everytime i travel to a different country and i get back to the US… US immigration officer send me to the second check up overview(you know the little waiting room they called) and they always asking me about this incident(domestic violence) … My question is : how can i find out why i still got that on my record? Is it gonna effect me if i want to be become a US citizen?if it possible for me to petition my wife even if am permanent resident? How long its gonna take? And if its faster to petition my wife if am a US citizen or a permanent resident? And how long would of take me? Please ill really aprecciated if you can give me an answer for my questions. Ps: i was never legally married with the mother of my child. Thank you and God bless you

  14. Hi sir your knowledge is useful .i need ur help .im planning to marry a guy in states who got green card through Ib6 category.i need to know the authenticity of his divorce from first spouse how can i know just scared i dont get into some fraud marriage.plz help me

  15. Can divorce have impact when filing for citizenship for someone that has 10 years green card? ( the marriage is real and legal)

  16. I got married overseas but I don't meet the financial requirements to bring my husband over to the USA and I have no one to use as a joint sponsor what do we do will we have to stay apart

  17. the only thing I found is sponsor and joint sponsor and I don't know anyone who could or would do that and I have searched and everything keeps telling me if I cant meet the financial requirements I will be denied to bring my husband over

  18. I move in the USA and applied for my green card, but at that time we move to different address and my mail was to my old address how long will it take to get my card back when I change my adress

  19. So the question ❔ is because he is entered illegally I will have problems getting married with the person I fell in love with?

  20. Would a history of overstay and also being out of status on H1B be an impediment to get I-751 approved? I’ve been waiting for almost 3 years…

  21. What if a citizen girl married (real marriage) to a boy who never had been in USA and the had there arraignment abroad and now she want to bring her to USA, will he be able to get green card at the port of entry or he had to apply again for green card once he get immigration visa?

  22. I have a question i have been leaving with me boyfriend for 2 years and planning on getting married soon the problem is i'm leaving i'm México with him but i'm a american citicen he ido mexican but has gone 1 time to the usa with a work visa i really need help on what to do can i fix him papers ?

  23. My husband and I have been married for 3 years. He's a US citizen and I'm under DACA. I have no idead how to file or where to start. Also, I was told it would be easier to apply for citizenship through DACA but I'm not so sure. Please help!

  24. Hi i am from Pakistan and my man is a USA citizen and we had met as person and sooner want do marry and problem is my man can't sponsor me for fiancee visa bcz not could make much money from previous years so any advice?

  25. Been married two years to my wife, been together for 6years. Living in the states now, went to school, now I have a good job. Its very nice living here, there are a lot of opportunities if you have ambition. I've heard people saying all kinds of crazy stuff, pertaining to getting there papers. Listen I don't care where we are, as long as I'm with her. Most of you worried because you are not legitimately in love with your spouse. If you are then why are you so concerned about being denied. Be truthful, and walk straight. I honestly don't think you have anything to worry about if you straight

  26. Working for Uber will ban as well? I have paid all taxes and keeping my status . But previously worked for Uber with f1 visa.

  27. I came to USA with 3 month waiver visa usa in 2014 and after 3 month we both move to other country, Now we want to applay for green card, is it a problem that i used the waiver visa usa and married?

  28. The reason why some people get a Divorce after they get their greencard is because they are threaten like shit by some ppl ,it's not always about just getting a card.

  29. Am I allowed to go to school while I wait for my work permit and travel document? My lawyer said if the school allows it I can, but i'm still not sure. I took some classes at a college here on a TN visa, which is now expired. I've gotten married since and filled for my family-sponsored greencard, and i'm waiting on my work document and travel document now. I just wanted to know if me taking classes at a college will be a problem. Does immigration know if I'm in school? Since I did have to give the school my social security number and old TN visa before it had expired. Thanks in advance

  30. This is a great vedio, but there are alot of people changing already on this ..alot of people merry for paper now. they stay with the person cause they start getting along good as friends and couple …its incrediable .Now even a couple lieing being both USA Citizen get along like this good. Better yet they get divorce in months. So there is changing really happening.i know 2 that have been merry already past 13 yrs. And they both are supper happy with no kids and they both work. 😀God bless them all.

  31. Hello, I will like to switch immigration attorney. My current attorney filed my application with a missing last name. Is a missing last name a problem?

  32. What if I’m a F-1 visa student (4 years university noted in I20) and my visa had expired in the first year I came, am I the overstay case that you mentioned?

  33. id like to petition for my husband this is both our first marriage. been married for 6 years. how can we get it started

  34. Hi sir

    We filled our petition form I 130 in October 30 2017
    9 months and still waiting for the approval
    I am a green card holder and my husband lives in Europe
    Is this a normal waiting time or I should contact?

  35. Am American citizen married for 25yr my husband was approved in 11/16/1998 never received approval notice asked for statues was told to wait for approval notice so waited in 2013 my husband was pick up by immigration had to hired a lawyer paid a bond 1,500 told lawyer my husband was approved in 98 told me that I 130 was not good anymore that he would have to file a political asylum for him to stop deportation I would not let him my husband from Mexico asked him to check on old he didn’t he put in a new I 130 it is now 2018 and that application has not been approved was called in for interview to verify our marriage was real agent said he was okay but would have to send our case to investigate because they think I’m not an citizen have sent them my birth certificate American passport still on hold now lawyer checks on 98 I 130 was told case is still active applied I 148 has been called for fingerprints and photos mind you been going to deportation court all this time from 2015 to 9/6/2018 let’s say 11 courts at 500. Dollars a pop plus 4000. To lawyer plus all application fees and the 1000. Fine uscis change so all is paid at the last lawyer goes before judge for release of deportation the judge takes a look at receipt number and has a cow tells that he has been wasting the court time and money with a case the was approved in 98 and reapplied a new case she couldn’t release and ask uscis that in and agent couldn’t give her any answers on the case because he had no and his computer 💻 burnout talking about one mad judge not go and a studdering lawyer quoting new law on Fidel Castro’s v hell knows who judge looks my lawyer told him did he read this law and to quote it to her and of course he couldn’t said he had on his phone judge called for me to come up sworn in and to explain I did she apologize to us for all wrong doings uscis lawyer but she could not release she reset for orderd lawyer to bring in something about medical set for 12/6/2018 something about before Christmas when she said reset I wanted to die she had been scheduling court all morning for 8/2020 after all this do you think were are going to be waiting yrs for the new I 130 to come out of investigation it’s been 2yrs now is there hope

  36. My friend and his wife are living separately for 2yrs, she recently went for a N-400 interview and lied about where she lives and who supports her. Also works getting payed in cash not paying any withholding taxes. What could be the outcome? They know everything about her because her husband submitted all evidence to USCIS.

  37. I filled for my husband but the thing is when i filled for him I was working full- time and my income met the expectation for the finance part after I got pregnant with our daughter I went to part time is that gonna cause a problem

  38. Greetings sir you did a great job I just want to ask how long will it take for nvc to schedule an interview appointment for you after they said your documents are completed the interview is in dakar one of the African countries

  39. If someone came over from DACA, would that be considered an illegal entry, and if so, if we were to get married, would my partner need to take a 3-10 year leave? I heard that there is an appeal you can do, if said immigrant can provide proof that going back to their country of origin would put their life in danger.

  40. So I am an Egyptian Muslim on paper and my boyfriend is a Christian Egyptian but has had the US citizenship since he was a kid. We are both agnostic in reality and we've been together for three years. Thinking to get civil marriage in Cyprus since it is the closest where we can do that. Does that apply? And is it better to apply for permenant residency after 2 years of marriage? How do we prove that we are living together throughout those two years? And does he have to stay in the US with me 18 mnths out of 3 years for me to be eligible for citizenship? I know that's a lot of questions, but I think it is a specific case and I am eager to read your opinion. Much respect and appreciatio. Thanks!

  41. On July 30, 2018, your request to have your Permanent Resident Card resent to you, referral number WKD123344444999TSC, was completed.
    Please can some help me with this because I am not getting it right

  42. Thanks for video very informative. I have being married for over 10 years, I'm about to apply to citizenship, I always be scare of they refused my citizenship. I have two misdemeanor charges, she says her said kind thing, NOT convictions, NOT guilty plea, NOT deal, even so I have this felling, the American Government DON'T LIKE my persona!!! The new law said if your citizenship are REFUSED, you will be DEPORTED make me even worried!!!

  43. In 2014 I came America my green card expired after 2 years in 2016 we filled in December 15 to remove the condition in this October we are celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary we love each other too much it's totally fair and legal marriage we done all the required documents and information but don't know why I'm still waiting for my green card we are leaving together at same address since from 2014 even my in laws also here in United States of America. Don't know how much time it will take to get my new green card .

  44. Hi my name is Kanyanat Wrigth I’m from Thailand sine 2006 and I have been married with American citizen and he has criminal record about child sexual abuse we have Been married since 2008 and we have one child he was born In USA 2010 I trying to apply for getting Green card and 2015 The USCIS The rejected my case I’m still waiting a green card what should I do next step I’m a good person no criminal record and I’m pay tax . Thanks 🙏 for any reply and I do appreciate for your answer and please for give me about my poor. English because in my country we did not speaking English.

  45. If I married to American gal we love so much after how many months takes I'm from India what is the process …

  46. Hello Sir,
    My husband and I just get married last weekend in Maryland. I live in Texas and am on a student visa. Am currently on a OPT-visas and intend to go back to school in January. I want to finish school in Texas before we actually move together. Does it cause any issue if we apply for the green card leaving in different state? Will it be better if we apply on the state we got married(Maryland) or in Texas where I live. Thank you

  47. I didn't have money for a lawyer, but it would have been good to check with an immigration lawyer first, perhaps, because the lawyer, like you would have been able to see things I couldn't see because I was being manipulated. Green card marriage all the way. Also, he/she would have said exactly what we needed to do, then we wouldn't have been told the incorrect thing to do. My biggest regret now. You seem like an honest lawyer, no natter that you deal strictly with immigration. He's also used the VAWA against for the abuse he committed. Will this change your response to me? I hope it doesn't.

  48. hey i wanna marry my gf shes 19 yo goes to college and has a job but i dont have the money to go see her like 2-5 times before actually marrying her it would cost me 3500 euros everytime to see her (if you know what i mean) so we wanna get married the first time i go see her and immediatly file for a greencard for me so i can stay there will that work?

  49. Hi firs table thanks a lot video
    my wife is a green card holder over 20 years , and i came here as a student seven years ago
    i lost my statues 2 years ago .we been married over 2 years we were waiting her citizenship approval but she couldn't get her residence because her irs issue she owed over $80k( she been in payment plan over 1.5 years but they said NO. than we applied for me from her green card 6 months ago now we been waiting and waiting ,my case is God blessed him We have 7 months old son and i want to work and take care of him more.i received my I30
    so all i am asking2 big question to you Mr Carlos
    if police caught me when i am driving take ca remove me from USA ?
    if we made letter to immigration can i get some paper to work or driver license ?

  50. Carlos gn. One of my friend came to the usa on a tourist visa and fell in love with one of my friend, she overstayed her visa and she got married to this us citizen however the mirrage is Bonafy. Would she got herself in problem when she goes to interview for overstaying?

  51. I'm coming on a B2 tourist visa to visit a friend and she said we're getting married so i could stay here instead of the K1 visa taking too long. My question is, if i come on the B2 visa, and I stay for more than 90 days, is it OK to get married??

  52. My fiance is going to the military . I'm undocumented and we are going to get married soon. I want to live on base with him after he comes back from basic training. Is it possible to be granted special permission to move with my husband if he gets relocated to another state? Or will I have to wait for the 3 years to even be approved for a Visa. so I can follow my husband to wherever he is set in the military . That's our fear to be unable to live together do to my migratory status being pending at the beginning of our marriage while he is in active duty

  53. Can immigration access divorce records in the USA if the immigrant was previously divorced but failed to disclose it during the paperwork

  54. I know a person she a woman now she's here in u.s. last December 2018 she celebrated her Christmas with her daughter and cousins in las Vegas.and her husband longtime ago his working here in u.s as a contract now what her husband did he married with American citizen just to petition his first wife in Philippines like i said she's here now in u.s.thats totally illegally they did. Thats both against between two countries u.s. and Philippines

  55. I'm 22 and im in a long distance relationship with a US Citizen while I reside in Canada! Customs denied my entry to visit him for 4 months and wont allow me to visit the states unless i provide them with ridiculous amount of documents that i cant provide until at least 4 months into the future. we decided to get married and we love each other very much and just want a normal relationship where we can live together in his town, but after my traumatic experience with customs flagging me im so paranoid they will deny our petition for marriage based green card. i keep telling myself it will be okay because our relationship is real and its not a sham but its so difficult to reassure myself when im convinced the government is out to get me for no reason. we are unable to live together or have joint bank accounts because we are in a long distance relationship & im afraid of what a good response is if during the interview they ask how we decided to get married! is "so that we can live in the states together" a sketchy answer??

  56. Hi sir ..I m Pakistani National studying fiancé is USA’s been 1 year we are in relationship . she is coming to me after few days .Is that possible that we can get marry in that country ,where I m staying currently …if yes ..what we have to do ?…do she or I need any kind of permission letter from our countries of origin? Now guide me plz it would be better to marry abroad or we should travel to my country of origin ..which can be more compatible and simple ? I’ll appreciate for your answer..Thankx

  57. thanks for sharing, im still waiting for my 10 years green card and my extension letter is until march 17 deadline. they asked for additional evedince and we sent it last week of february. my froblem is we are planning to go for vacation on last week of april 2019 to philippines and we bought a ticket already! what will i do? thank you.

  58. Thank you so much. I’m getting married soon. The only concern I have is that my fiancée is in a master’s program and works 10 hrs a week most. I, a DACA recipient, pay all the bills while she is in school. I have no criminal record and I work in a lab for a big company. Our concern is that because my fiancée isn’t working much, they may decline my application. Has anyone been in this situation before?

  59. i came here to usa 15 years ago by dv lottery with my hasband and got divorse 2007 we both citizen, meat my ex boy frend 2009 and have our babey 2010 and my boy frend dosenot wont to work he alwayes take advantage of me finalt 2014 we separated and 2019 wehn aske him to saport his child he is teteng me about imgration just for him not to pay child saport am so cofused need help i dont know what to do

  60. Do i have to do my taxes together with my husband to get approved in our case? since he has never done his taxes i think it will do more harm then good if i get him an ITIN because he has never done them and my ignorance i didnt know he could do taxes without a social. I rather do it alone but im afraid 😔 because i think it will put us in a deep hole. thanks for sharing this informational video 🤗🤔

  61. Thanks for sharing this, I have a question can I process myself with the green card,I’m legally marriage but my husband hasn’t do anything with my green card been 4years marriage now that’s why I’m gonna do it myself.

  62. Hello sir i have an issue and i will have to attend court here in the usa fl for no drivers license. I have a jamaican license, im married three years now with my wife who is a resident and she has a interview two months time. A lawyer put in my petition what should i do to face the courts for the criminal charge of "no drivers license"

  63. Hello .. i m a Canadian citizen my boyfriend is American citizen .. we are planning to get married in America .. ? What is the process and how long will it take to get a green card my boyfriend suppose to have a certain income level ?..

  64. My boyfriend is in the USA with a work visa we got married diciembre while he was on his visa he’s visa expired and he went back home those are his only entrees to the USA do you think I could fix him?

  65. Hello Sir
    for exemple when you apply for I-130 petition and in your visa classification they make C-R1 and in the cover sheet dow they make IR1. what is that. thanks

  66. Good day sir i have question about my fiance visa after my interview i received 221g from officer last February 21,2019 officer told me my petition returned to the USCIS . Before my interview all my notification like NOA 1 and 2 also NVC , elligeble letter from emmbassy my name wrong spelling Instead JERMELIN they put Jemelin without R .is this possible approved or denied ? This is the reason sir why they returned back to USCIS? .how long does it take sir ? Thank you sir appreciate your reply.

  67. I am a U.S. citizen getting ready to apply for my U.K. Fiancé Visa, but my British born fiancé has an expired passport.  Is his birth certificate & copies of expired passport acceptable for the sponsorship documentation?

  68. Hello Sir, I live in California, and my girlfriend lives in Chicago, and we have planned to live in California after marriage. So, does filling from California may have longer time or same time compare to Chicago? She is a permanent resident, not citizens.
    Thank you.

  69. Greetings Mr. Barbara.
    Thank you for sharing this very informative video. May I ask you on your thoughts regarding prenuptial agreements attached to immigration marriages? Would having a prenup hinder an applicants chances of their marriage being ruled as bonified?

  70. Sir, students who do not complete their studies in USA. Can they get work permit and PR in USA. By marriage or work sponcer

  71. Hi BataraImmigrationLaw, Thanks for awesome videos.
    My friend – a lady 1st came to the US 7-year ago under K1. However, at that time her husband-to-be (betrothed) denied to get married with her cause he had another woman. She stayed in his house, together with his parents for 3 months. She hoped that he would change his mind but he didn't. She came back to Vietnam after that. Currently, she got married to a US citizen. Her current husband sponsored her as CR1 (for spouses). They have 2 children and she is waiting for her permanent Green Card. But USCIS just sent her a mail asking for the divorce degree of her and her 'husband-to-be' in the past. She was shocked because they never got married. How can she prove that to USCIS?
    Thanks a lot.

  72. I have a question. When I sponsor my spouse here to the US under K1. We have 90 days to file register for marriage in the US. When do we file form I-130? What is the purpose of form I-130? Thanks.

  73. The easiest for the international student F1 visa become permanent resident in US is to get marry with US citizen….quickest way

  74. Lovely video …I have been married to my husband for 10years and I went for a visitor Visa and was denied three times …my husband is a American citizen …I am a guyanese living in Trinidad and Tobago with my husband he is a senior citizen and cant travel alone he also need my help in signing or reading any documents because of his site problems I explained all of that to the officer I ask why was I denied never get an answer but I got a printout which I dont really understand can you tell me why I was denied a visitor visa

  75. My friend didn’t apply for conditional, and waited 2 years to apply only for permanent residence. I was wondering, since she did not apply for conditional will she have to wait 3 more years after the permanent resident card arrives to apply for citizenship ? Also will she have any risks to get deported? Im currently waiting for my permanent residency card, but because i did hire a lawyer when I submitted my I-751, and i did apply for conditional 2 years prior I dont know how to help her. Great video! Thanks Dr

  76. I'm working here on Saipan a US teritory and a coworker of mine is married to my distant cousin in the Philippines. She just recently got married to a US citizen and is now a green card holder. I learned that she filed for a divorce and sent the papers to my cousin in the Philippines for signature. He didn't signed the divorce papers but still the marriage push through. His wife totally abandoned their marriage and not in speaking temrs. They had 2 kids and have never talked to his wife for more than a year.

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