What happens if I divorce my immigrant spouse? If you file for divorce after going from conditional to permanent residence, the divorce will not change your immigration status directly. It will, however, force you to wait five years instead of three to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Do you get deported if you get divorced? Being married to a US citizen does not automatically provide an undocumented immigrant with legal status, and filing for divorce does not prompt deportation proceedings. Although the divorce court is not permitted to contact US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), others may do so.
What happens when you divorce a non U.S. citizen? If you are divorcing a noncitizen within two years of the marriage, your spouse may lose their residency status. Noncitizens must typically apply for a termination waiver if they still wish to pursue citizenship. Both parties must sign this document and show that they entered the marriage in good faith.
Do immigrants lose citizenship if they get divorced? If you already have a green card and are a permanent resident at the time of the divorce, the divorce should not change your status. However, the divorce may force you to wait longer to apply for naturalization. In this case, you would need to wait five years, rather than three.