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the immigrant can apply for citizenship, but will have to have to go back to there country and apply for re-entry, this takes many, many years in which the immigrant will be away from their family that needs them, I am in this situation with my husband who is from Mexico, I am leaving next week to be with him ( i dont even speek spanish) so we can raise our son together. there is no garantee that he will ever be able to re-enter the US

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Yes, but it's not nearly as easy as some people believe. You must be married for a minimum of four years, be subject to frequent scheduled and unsceduled check-ups from INS and file a great deal of paperwork. Yes you can, depending on the situation. If you are having leagal issues (committed some crime and are fighting deportation) you might not be able to. If you are getting married for conventional reasons, be aware that you will both be throughly questioned seperately about each other. They get both families and even friends involved as well and they can show up unannounced to check out your living arrangements (evidence of a shared bedroom etc.). There are also extremely harsh penalties for fraud marriages. Also, while you will be able to stay in the US, I think you have to be married 3 or more years for citizenship.

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It is a long process. Please come to There are a lot of nice people there who know a lot about it.

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No. He or she is required to apply for permanent residence status according to US Immigration laws.

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Q: If a person entered illegally and then later married a us citizen what is the process in which the citizen would gain residency for the illegal spouse or could they for that matter?
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What trouble can a US Citizen get into for living with then had a baby with and now married to illegal alien who entered this country illegally 7 yrs ago?

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