If you are an American and want to marry someone who is a citizen of another country, you should first consult with an immigration attorney. Although there are seldom any laws preventing you from marrying a foreigner, obtaining legal residence for them is a different story. Your assumptions about the laws regarding your specific circumstances may be wrong. The following are just a few things you should know that may apply to your situation.
You are marrying someone who is an illegal resident
If you marry an undocumented immigrant, they do not become a legal citizen automatically because of the marriage. To make matters worse, you can marry someone who is here illegally and your marriage can be valid, but when your spouse attempts to file paperwork for legal residency, they will learn about the penalties surrounding illegal residency. To obtain legal residency, your spouse will need to leave the country and file paperwork in the country of their citizenship. They will then need to wait a certain amount of time to reenter the United States. This time period can be several years.
You are marrying someone with an expired visa
If you want to marry someone who entered the country legally but whose visa has expired, it is still possible to get married without your future spouse being required to leave the country. Whether your future spouse can stay in the country will depend upon many factors, but because they entered the country legally, there is a possibility that they will be able to stay here and pursue a green card. An immigration attorney can provide details as it relates to you and your future spouse's situation.
You are marrying someone with a tourist visa
It is against the law to use a tourist visa for the purpose of getting married. You may be required to demonstrate that your marriage is in good faith. It will depend upon the amount of time your spouse has been in the country. Anything under 30 days is going to draw immediate suspicion. In general, the longer the time spent in the United States on a visa, the easier time both of you will have obtaining legal residence. It is best to consult an attorney before you get married. It may be the case that you should wait before getting married to extend the time in the country and document your relationship.
Reach out to an immigration law attorney if you're in any of these situations.
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