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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 wait of 3 years or more - depending on situation - for citizenship qualification. The website for the agency which handles this process is: USCIS.GOV

An illegal alien does not automatically become a citizen by marrying one. However, certain illegal aliens can get permanent residence status (often called the "green card") by marrying a US citizen. If the person originally entered the United States legally but overstayed his or her visa, than it is possible for him or her to "adjust status" to that of a permanent resident (i.e. get a "green card") if the US citizen fills out a series of petitions including one that proves that the US citizen can financially support the alien. If the alien entered illegally into the United States without any visa or permit, than that person cannot "adjust status" and has to leave the country before obtaining a green card. If the person was illegally in the country for more than a year, than he or she is barred from ever coming back for 10 years (known as the "10-year-bar") The only way to overcome having the 10-year-bar is by the US citizen spouse filing a petition for a waiver of the bar. The petition has to prove that it would cause extreme and exceptional hardship to him or her to move to his or her spouse's country. Only three years after the person has the green card can they apply for citizenship, and they must still be married to the original citizen who got the green card.

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Can an illegal alien become a legal resident by marrying a US citizen?

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Does illegal alien from Honduras residing in US for 7 years become a legal resident or citizen by marrying a US citizen?

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If an illegal immigrant marries a woman who has legal status and they have a child will the father then have legal status?

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You've got to be kidding. Breaking the law is not the path to citizenship or permanent residence, neither is marriage.


Can an illegal immigrant obtain legal residency by marrying a US citizen?

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Can a us citizen get in legal trouble for marrying an illegal immigrant?

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Can marrying an illegal citizen affect your rights as custodial parent?

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If a US citizen marries an illegal can they become a citizen or a legal resident even though they have a criminal record?

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If you know someone is an illegal immigrant and became a citizen by marriage how can you sue them?

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Does an illegal alien from hondura become a legal resident by marrying a US citizen?

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