Youtube: How is Marriage Fraud Found in the Adjustment of Status Process?


This is a common concern for most petitions of a spouse. It is easy for an application to have the image of Marriage Fraud. Newlyweds may have only known each other for a few months, they may have few joint documents, like bills, bank accounts, photos, and taxes, and the Adjustment of Status process is new, unknown, and foreign.

From the USCIS perspective, when a spousal petition only submits a marriage certificate, documents to prove citizenship or immigration status, and a petitioner’s financial responsibility, the government does not have much to go on. The government does not know the real reason for a marriage. After all, a marriage for the purpose of receiving a green card is common, and a very real issue. Marriage fraud is a crime, and would complicate an immigration process.

Marriage fraud, for someone who is going through the Adjustment of Status, is like the default or obstacle every spousal application must overcome. Providing the most evidence possible that a relationship is real is always recommended. If you feel that you barely have any evidence to give USCIS, speaking with a local immigration lawyer could help.


Fickey Martinez Law Firm, P.L.L.C. is an immigration and naturalization law firm serving Eastern North Carolina. We strive to make sure you understand the immigration laws that pertain to your specific circumstances. We frequently file with USCIS, NVC and DOS, and we can use this experience to better serve you.

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