If you are originally from another country and you plan to marry a U.S. citizen, you may qualify for a green card through the K-3 visa program. However, there are many things you should consider before and during the marriage visa application process in order to ensure the protection of your rights and your welfare. It is highly recommended that you keep the following tips in mind:
- Clarify the legal status of your prospective spouse. Don’t be scared to ask to see his/her passport. Also make a photocopy of it and keep it with you.
- Maintain constant contact with your spouse while you’re waiting for your petition to be approved. Immigration services will expect to see proof of a genuine relationship. Exchange letters and gifts, take pictures of your moments together, and open a joint bank account. It is very difficult to obtain approval if you are not living with your spouse.
- Prepare for the interview. Although most questions asked during interviews are easy to answer (How did you both meet? What do you like to do together? Any prior marriages?), unusual and out-of-left-field questions are not unheard of. Answer each question as clearly as you can and relax.
- Do not marry just to get a green card. It is a fraudulent crime punishable by up to $250,000 in fines and five years in prison. Conviction can also result in the loss of citizenship and deportation. In short, it is not worth the risk.
Need help getting your marriage visa? Consult with the experienced LA marriage visa attorneys at the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. for immediate assistance.