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Moving from one country to another involves meeting certain requirements and obtaining the proper permissions. This category is for questions related to these requirements and processes.
Answer Perspective Immigrants to Canada must apply from outside of Canada, to Immigration Canada. The process is about two years long before you get a Permanent Resident permit, then you can come to Canada to find work. Take a look at the main Canadian Government web site, by doing a Google sear…
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No. If you are in the USA without the permission of the US Government, why would you think it would be "all right " for you to work in the USA? Firstly, there was no need for snooty remark. Secondly, the question was whether you need a Green Card to work. The is no. You need a work permit. &nbs…
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Possibly. Depending on the conditions of your policy, the claim may be denied or only paid a rediculously small fraction such as 8-10% of the premium value. Any part of an application for life insurance that can be proven to be a lie can void the policy. Companies that I know of will refund prem…
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%DETAILS% No, an alien or immigrant, legal or otherwise, does not become a citizen automatically upon marriage to a citizen. There is a process of applying, processing and (hopefully) eventual approval by the Federal government. First is Permanent Residency status ("Green card"). Then there's a w…
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illegals can get married anywhere to whoever they want, is no big deal. As the ability to get married is a State-level jurisdiction, and immigration status is a Federal-level jurisdiction, the two are NOT related. I am not aware of any state that requires a person to be a legal immigrant to be mar…
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It is a long process. Please come to immigrate2us.net. There are a lot of nice people there who know a lot about it.
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Yes, it's possible, as long as the people are not currently married and meet the age requirements of the state in which they plan to marry. It will not make the "illegal" person "legal," however. The process of getting the person "legalized" will take many many years.  yes it is all they need …
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In order for a foreign citizen to become and American citizen, they must first obtain a visa that gives them permanent residency status (the fabled "Green Card", which is neither green nor a card, and is not the only visa conferring permanent residency). To get a permanent visa, one must first apply…
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His only recourse due to the stricter immigration laws is to try the compassionate route. It used to be fairly simple to receive asylum under the reasoning that your life would be jeopardized by being deported back to your native country. Then one could apply for citizenship. Illegal aliens are fair…
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He doesn't know what he wants and he never deserved you   i am very sorry. you will need to get a lawyer as soon as you possibly can and begin the process. If you cannot do that you will have to go back or stay here illegally (the latter of which i do not condone.)
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You can marry an illegal alien in any state, but he or she must have valid identification. Marriage to a U.S. citizen does not automatically confer nor guarantee permanent resident or citizenship status. Visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website for information concerning …
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I am not familiar with the immigration laws of the UK. In the United States, it depends on how the person came to the country and how long they've been "illegal." If the person snuck across the border, s/he cannot get a greencard without first going home, even if s/he marries a US citizen. If s/he c…
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Divorce and ImmigrationIf the immigrant has became a US permanent resident under PR1 then they retain that status after divorce. If the immigrant is under CR status (conditional resident status) They need to file adjustment of status to impermanent residence before the date of their immigration card…
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Yes, if he came illegally, then he will be deported, since he is a criminal and will retain that criminal record forever. Every country in the whole world does this for its own protection, because he was violating their national laws and borders when he went there illegally, without applying and id…
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It is possible to get him a greencard, but not without him first leaving the country. Once he leaves he will trigger the 10 year bar, meaning he will be barred from coming back for 10 years. In order to get a waiver for that bar, the citizen wife has to prove that it would be an extreme hardship for…
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No, it would not be easier. Since he was illegaly present in the USA, he will still have the 10 year bar against him when went back to Mexico. The US citizen would still have to file for a waiver of the bar. It would probably be very difficult, if not impossible to fool immigration authorities into …
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That person doesn't receive anything automatically. If the citizen applies for the person to become a permanent resident, the person will receive a green card, which will allow them to obtain a social security number, driver's license, etc. The process usually takes from 1-3 years and is very expens…
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It depends on the state. Most states require a photo I.D. If the person is from Mexico, s/he can go to the nearest Mexican consulate and get a matricula consular, which is a photo I.D. i called a Mexican consular, and you have to have a photo id and birth certificate to get a marticula consolar.…
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There is no way for that person to becme a citizen immediately. Once the children reach the age of 21, they can sponsor the person for residency, but it is a long process.
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Yes. You need to file form I-485. There are also other auxilliary forms you will have to include with it. You can find all the forms and information at http://www.uscis.gov
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%REPLIES% Answer As long as the marriage is legitimate (married for the normal reasons and not just to get a green card), the person should have few problems adjusting status to that of legal permanent resident while in the US, since the person originally came legally. http://immigrate2us.ne…
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No, of course not. You may have to pay for the marriage license, but you don't have to pay any special "fines." I don't know who gave you that idea, but it is the most amuzing thing I've heard in my life!!Now, if you want to start the process of applying for the person to become legal, the applicati…
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It depends on how long ago the person was deported and the reason that s/he was deported. Deportation in and of itself carries a five year bar and if the person was an overstay or illegal entry, s/he may also have the ten year bar to overcome. The fiancee would have to file for a waiver(s) of the ba…
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It depends on a lot of things. If the US citizen has past convictions, that doesn't matter. If the alien has past convictions, that can make a big difference, however. Nobody becomes eligible for citizenship by getting married. They do become eligible for a greencard. That does not mean that they'll…
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It is THREE YEARS. See http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=142696981298d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=d6f4194d3e88d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRDThey must have good moral character and be married for all THREE years.   No. T…
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Yes. It is not necessary to record the marriage in Mexico for it to be considered legitimate. For immigration purposes, any marriage which meets all of the following criteria is legitimate:1) The marriage was legal in the place where it happened.2) All other prior marriages were legally terminated b…
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The spouse can sponsor the alien any time after getting married. If he snuck into the United States illegaly, however, he will have to leave the country to go to the interview. The petition will be deined due to the ten year bar, which will be against him due to his illegal entry. The ten year bar p…
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If the person is illegal because he overstayed a visa, then yes, he can adjust status and become "legal." If the person is illegal because he snuck into the United States, then he cannot become legal without first leaving the country. Having "US citizen children" or being the "only worker in the fam…
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go to the immigration office in whatever Mexican state you are in. you need a passport, and visa to file for a marriage permit. once you have permission the office will ask you to pay a fee at the bank. the bank will sign your paper, return to the immigration office they will give a different paper …
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No. There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that a person who came here illegaly can become "legal" without first leaving the states. The only chance would be if the law is changed or an amnesty bill is passed. Answer Sorry but this is so NOT true. There is ONE EXCEPTION: an immigrant can apply for political a…
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Most likely you will be deported.   Not only deported to your home country but also put on the " No re-entry list " for up to 10 years, as well.It's not called ILLEGAL for nothing, my friend.
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Yes. He can adjust status to that of legal permanent resident without leaving the country.
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They can get their illegal alien spouse an ITIN (individual taxpayer identification number) and file jointly as a married couple. The only thing that they can't do is claim the EIC.
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%DETAILS% Both of you.   ithink the person will be deported after all when the 2 years are up,you guys will go to ins for a interview to proof its a good faith marriage and you must show lease with both name and you will be questiont separt about your spouse.   The above is correct.…
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Yes. Because you came into the u.s. legally that will help you when you get married. then your spouse has to file petition I-130, green card application and work permit. Please talk to a lawyer they will help explain the process.
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No, not as long as he's 18   The states determine legal age of consent of marriage. Not US law
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Immigration status is a completely separate issue from child custody rights.
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No, having a baby will not make the process any faster or easier.
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I was found these 2 bloggs very helpful, i hope they can be to youhttp://lyndalandbrian.blogspot.com/2009_02_01_archive.html http://jesshughesimmigration.blogspot.com/   As an answer to the question, I will copy paste the most direct and applicable answer which was deleted so that this edit …
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The question is a bit vague. I'm assuming that you really mean: Can your spouse be deported if you are a US citizen? The answer is yes. Anyone in violation of immigration laws can be deported. In some cases, the deportation can be stopped if it can be proved that said deportation would cause undue a…
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A green card (also called permanent residency) is the middle step to citizenship. However, overstaying is an action that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly I.N.S.) takes seriously. Deportation proceedings will usually be conducted against an overstayer and he or she would not be g…
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Yes, they do.   Why would an immigrant need to talk to INS about a marriage?Immigrant means they are already residing in the US legally as a immigrant.
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i don't think so because once you've started the paper work the ins will dig into your lives and see you are married in the united states,that could cause more problems , falsifing information. You did not read their question.. Yes you can do that as tsince they are undocmented and no report of…
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Go to uscis.gov and start the process.
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Please do not erase my correct answer. That message board is a wonderful place to go to for help in the process of an illegal immigrant becoming an legal resident because I have helped my husband do so.
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My girlfriend did that in Texas, all she did was show them her student ID and tourist visa. She did apply for the driver's license when she was illegal. You need two forms of idenfication and that is it If she had a valid visa, then that makes her legal. How is she illegal ? Just FYI if she had a …
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Nothing they need to file for another visa in their country to come back. The person would need to leave the US voluntarily or be deported. Even though the original entry was legal the person is now out of status and considered unlawfully present.A person who overstays a visa or is otherwise in the …
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I'm not entirely sure how this works, but apparently there are some states in which this is easier than others (assuming you are in the US). I know many, many illegal immigrants who have North Carolina driver's licenses. For whatever reason, they can give an address in North Carolina, take the test …
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If you marry someone from another country, they are no longer illegal, but a resident alien. The above response does not answer the question. If you marry an illegal person in the U.S. it is not that simple. The government may require that person to leave the county up to 3 years.
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Comtact your local DHS Immigration department.
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My guess is that the question is not really if a tourist can or can not marry a green card holder (of course she can), but whether there will be an immediate immigration benefit for her. Unfortunally, not.
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The process generally takes about 80 years, but Muslims take about 90-95 because they're usually terrorists.
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Both of you gO to the county courthouse with identification.
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Very unlikely. A friend of mine is going through deportation process right now. He came here on a visa which expired years ago. He was in the process of being deported, and got married to a U.S. citizen. The court has ruled so far that he is not entitled to stay because the U.S. citizen was well awa…
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yes, if they have a state issued ID, a birth certificate, and they money for the license. or you can just use your Country's identification, such as 'matricula', visa, passport, anything with your name and information. A birth certificate would also work. good luck!
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IF YOU MARRY A MEXICAN, HE DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY BECOME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. THE ONLY THING THAT MARRAIGE ESTABLISHES WHEN YOU MARRY A MEXICAN IS PERMANENT RESIDENT ALIEN STATUS FOR HIM. HE CAN ONLY KEEP THIS IF YOU REMAIN MARRIED FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF YEARS. IF HE WISHES TO BECOME A CITIZEN, HE …
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US citizens don't need visas to enter the US, so it doesn't matter what kind of Indian visa you have. The Indian visa is permission to enter India.
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HI TO ALL WHO WHATS TO KNOW THIS ANSWER WELL YES A US CITZEN CAN MARRY IN INDIA ON A TOURIST VISA BUT THERE ARE THINGS YOU MOST KNOW BEFORE GOING THERE THOW 1.PASSPORT AND VISA BUT IF YOU DECIDE TO GO THERE NAD MARRY I WOULD TAKE ORINALS AND COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING WITH YOU AND THIS AMOUNT OF MONMEY…
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In Egpyt, yes. A US citizen may NEVER marry more than one person, regardless of where that occurs, and even if it is legal in that country. If you return to the United States only your first marriage will be recognized.
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you can marry but it is no guarantee if they will become legal. You need to understand even if children are involved you are looking at time and money. if your spouse entered the country illegally they will have to return to their homeland at some point of the process (unless the laws change) and th…
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I'd like to know too!! Someone needs to answer this question please!!!!
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My purpose in entering the US in May/2004 was to spend time with an American gentleman(US citizen)as we had become romantically involved. I entered the US in May 2004 as a Canadian landed Immigrant and at the border crossing was issued an I-94 Visa Waiver with a 90 day expiry. I returned to Canada w…
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The child is automatically a U.S. citizen. I am a U.S. citizen and my husband is an illegal Mexican alien and we have two kids. Our children are U.S. citizens. As long as a chid is born in the U.S. they are citizens.
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My first suggestion would be to contact the state of Louisiana. Are you trying to become American citizens, or do you just want to get married in LA? Ask the state of LA all your questions, and have them direct you to where you need to go. Go to www.louisiana.com
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Go to the county courthouse with identification and pay the fee, wait 3 days and get a judge or minister to marry the both of you.   that is correct. if you do not have a TX ID than just take your "matricula", visa, or any time of identification with your picture and information, birth certif…
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well, yes, if they have no papers it doesn't matter if they have 10 kids and 15 grandkids and a us citizen spouse. you can get deported. the chances of getting caught are so slim now though, but yes. deportation is possible.   I married an illigel from mexico, i went to the court house applie…
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Yes but you're not guaranteed papers depending if he has a record or has been caught crossing the border but my friend got married to an illegal and theyve been married for one year just last week and he was given temporary residency for 2 years already and in 2 years he needs to apply for permanent…
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You will have to file legel resident status like any other illegel that comes to the USA.
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Its actually 180-day (6 months)...and you will without a doubt need to provide proof that the alien was there for less than that time...INS is not stupid
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No, the Mexican national will still have to get a Mexican passport. The US citizen will have to petition the husband in the USA (lots of paperwork) and wait for the appointment date, which may take several months. The appointment will be made in a US Consulate in Mexico and both spouses have to go. …
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Yes, even two non-citizens with visas can get married. Just bring your visa and passport to the county courthouse and register for a lisense. ------You can get married, but you cant have the status of the non-immigrant adjusted if you get married in the USA without going through the proper K1 Visa p…
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If the Alien is legal in the USA then they can legally and genuinely get married and file for AOS (Adjustment Of Status) so that the alien may become a permanent resident. However, if the alien is not legally in the USA, he/she must leave, go back to their country. The US citizen may then file for a…
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It took my wife and I about 2 years just to get her greencard. You will have the citizen test to go through, and with all the other red tape wrapped around it, the process could run about 15 years.
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Overstaying a visa- no matter what classification- is grounds for deportation. If he is in hiding, you had better keep him there. Marriage would make no difference.  If the illegal alien can into the U.S. on a valid tourist visa even it is currently expired would be able to adjust status when …
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Marrying a US citizen in Dubai is no different than marrying a US Citizen in any other city in the world as far as INS ( immigration and naturalization service } in usa is concerned,...and in rare cases where US citizen , is an official in US Consulate or embassy , or in Marine or similar services o…
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You should ask him/her straight up. Explain to your spouse the doubts and fears your having. If you have a healthy relationship, he/she should be somewhat understanding. Tell him/her that you don't feel comfortable applying for the greencard at this time, but would like to wait a few years. If he/s…
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If you are talking about getting married in Canada, then no paperwork is needed. In the US a fiancee's visa, which takes four months to get, is required.  nope.. you can get married but you won't be able to work. I AM LEGALLY married to an American man and i am Canadian. I got married to him o…
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No, the UK citizen would not become a US citizen. First the UK citizen would have to apply through INS for a work permit and perminent residency. The work permit will be issued within month (probably), but perminent residency could take 18 months or more; during which time the applicant would be exp…
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Some questions that may be asked are:Name and address.Name and Date of Birth of Spouse.When and where did you meet your spouse?Describe this 1st meeting.Did you make arrangements to meet again?Did you exchange phone numbers?When did you meet next?Where were you living at the time? Where was your spo…
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A foreign national whether illegal or permanent resident status when convicted of a felony is subject to imprisonment and/or deportation after their imposed sentence has been served.The quicker the better!
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6 months after marriage the illegal immigrant will receive a temporary green card. 2 years after marriage another interview is setup and they receive a permanent green card that lasts for 10 years. During this time the illegal resident may apply for US citizenship.
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Yes, but it must be spontaneous, not planned at the time you entered. And a genuine marriage, but if you are a visa waiver overstay (meaning you over staid the 90 day period of authorized stay that the visa waiver permits), then you can't. Unless you hold a 245i (an act that was in affect--now close…
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Yes. If you serve on active duty, your citizenship application will be expedited.
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Yes, the mother and the children are all still illegal aliens.~REVISE~ Does not mean that they can not become legal. Marriage never make a person legal to live in the united states, but depending on the National Orgin of the immigrant there is apossibility that they can get residency here.
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I married my American girlfriend by just coming to the USA and getting married. That's what my lawyer told me to do, it's the quickest way, then file for work permit etc.Work permit wait was 6 months.Green card was another 4 months, After two years of marriage file I-751 then permanant resident stat…
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Save yourself a very big headache. DO NOT get married on a visa waiver. It is considered immigration fraud because you will have immigrant intent. You may not be able to get a greencard, especially if the INS decides that you knew you were going to get married when you got on the plane.Have your fia…
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The US doesn't recognize common-law relationships in the same way that Canada does. As far US law is concerned, you're talking about your room mate or a friend. He can certainly try to get a work visa, but your relationship has nothing to do with it. In US law, he's single. If you were to get legall…
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as if u are us citizen and try to marry someone from somwhere else i think it is ok. I'd say you're really lucky and must take the chance (only if she's from Tashkent LOL).
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Yes, they can and are. Canada will recognize the child naturally because they were born on Canadian soil, and to a Canadian parent. The child will also inherit the US Citizenship of the American Parent, although the Parent will have to declare the child to the U.S. Consulate showing their proof of …
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Since you came into the u.s. legally and over stayed on your tourist visa but got married. Your wife or husband can file a petition I-130,green card, and work permit through the immigration. The work permit it is filing for socail sercurity. Please talk to a lawyer about this process.
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i am from canada, met a man from england, we want to get married in england. do i need a vistors visa before we can get married
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Her child is definitely a US citizen which the baby's birth certificate proves it. but the mother cant apply for residency.
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The couple should contact an immigration lawyer. If an illegal alien is in this country for more than one year, then they are subject to a 10 year bar from ever intering USA agin. The couple should hire a lawyer to help with the process of filing the required forms, and the illegal will have to then…
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If a Mexican man marries an American girl he can apply for a green card, which gives him legal residency. Over time, if he fulfills all the requirements, he can eventually become a US citizen if he wishes to do so, but it is not automatic.
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I was told the marriage was void. A dissolution of marriage does not interfere with the process of becoming a citizen or being granted permanent resident status. The reason being is that marrying a U.S. citizen does not automatically give someone citizenship or permanent resident status. USCIS proc…
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1. Move back to Mexico. if you voluntarily self-deport, the 3 and 10 year time bars do not apply. 2. Apply for a for a legal immigration visa at the US Embassy. There are many categories under which you can apply. It helps if you are educated and/or have a valuable skill. Another method is to appl…
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If the alien entered US with inspection and became illegal later, then 3 months. If you don't get it in 3 months, set up an appointment to go to the local CIS office and show them the receipt, they will give it to you that day.If the alien entered illegally whtouth inspection, no right to get a work…
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well how my Mexican boyfriend became a U.S citizen is having children with me and marrying me, and then he got his green card
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You don't automatically become a Mexican citizen just because you marry a Mexican. You need to apply at the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores nearest to where you live. You must live together in Mexico for at least 2 years during which time you need to have an FM-3 (which gives you permission to r…
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