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No. The "unlawfully present" foreign national must voluntarily return to his or her country of origin or be deported and the citizen spouse must apply for their reentry under the USCIS spousal requirements. FYI, marrying a US citizen for the purpose of obtaining permanent resident status and/or citizenship is a federal felony and is punishable by a maximum $250,000 fine and maximum 5 year prison sentence for any or all involved parties if convicted.

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Q: Can an illegal immigrant obtain US citizenship by marrying a US citizen?
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Is marrying an illegal immigrant legal?

Marrying a citizen is not enough to get citizenship. If the marriage was done to get citizenship and there was no love or committment, the marriage is illegal.

Can an illegal immigrant gain legal status by marrying a US citizen?

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Unless you can attain refugee or asylum status, it is impossible for an illegal immigrant to attain citizenship with current U.S. laws.

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The illegal immigrant can take his United States citizen son to Mexico; however, it is highly likely that the illegal father will be detained at customs due to his lack of citizenship.

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