What happens when you get married to an immigrant? An immigrant who marries a U.S. citizen must apply for a green card (U.S. permanent residence). This is a long process involving many forms and documents.
Can you get in trouble for marrying an immigrant? Federal Law Punishes Marriage Fraud
Any individual who knowingly enters into a marriage for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws shall be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or fined not more than $250,000, or both.
What do I need to marry an immigrant?
- Birth certificate.
- Marriage certificate.
- Financial documents.
- Proof of sponsor’s U.S. citizenship or permanent residence.
- Proof of lawful U.S. entry and status, if applicable.
- Police clearance certificate, if applicable.
What are the benefits of marrying a immigrant? The foreign spouse can maintain their permanent resident status until they apply for citizenship through naturalization. This is precisely one of the greatest advantages of marrying a US citizen since it makes it a lot easier to access the Green Card.