Citizenship and Marriage
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Can an illegal immigrant obtain US citizenship by marrying a US citizen?

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2006-09-10 18:29:22

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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