Immigration and invalid marriages

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

From securing a job to investing in a business, there are many ways that people move to the U.S. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, marriage is a path for some to become permanent residents. Unfortunately, some people may use marriage solely as a way to obtain a green card and live in Jackson County, or another part of Missouri. Furthermore, it is crucial for those who believe that they may have been subjected to marraige fraud to understand which marriages are considered invalid and know their rights.

While marriage has served as a path to permanent residency for many people, some marriages are not recognized by the USCIS. For example, a relationship that was formed solely to evade America’s immigration laws or a partnership that violates a state’s strong public policy are considered invalid. Other examples include a polygamous marriage, a domestic partnership that was not recognized as a marriage at the celebration location or a proxy marriage where one spouse was not present. However, proxy marriages that are consummated are considered valid by the USCIS.

For some people, navigating the divorce process is complicated, especially when immigration matters come into play. Sometimes, even those who think they have a solid grasp of the law and different requirements are surprised when they come across additional stipulations. As a result, it is essential for those who are preparing to file for a divorce to develop a solid understanding of what is required of them and handle the entire process properly.

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