My Experience Regarding Marriage Green Card Process
I have handled a fair share of marriage green card applications, and I have found that the USCIS adjudicating system is grossly inapt to determine whether a marriage is bona fide. Marriage is an inherently personal decision, and spouses from different cultures may choose to live their marriage differently based on their own tradition and understanding. USCIS obviously does not train its officer enough to understand every type of marital culture in the world, but there are a few important factors to consider when evaluating whether a marriage for the green card application is valid. First, the district adjudicating officer looks at whether the green card applicant lives with his or her spouse under the same roof and the evidence to demonstrate joint residence. Second, the adjudicating officer looks at whether the couple has a joint bank account and whether they use the account for payments. Third, the immigration officer will look to see if their marriage was known to their close family members. All marriage green card applicants should be advised to have evidence demonstrating all three points above.
If you are applying for a green card after marriage to a US citizen, please feel free to consult with my office regarding what documents would be helpful to convince the USCIS officer to approve Form I-485 and I-130.
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