How do we prove our marriage is real or “bona fide”?
A bona fide marriage for immigration purposes is a marriage that was entered into for other reasons than “evading the immigration laws. In other words, the couple’s only reason can not be to give immigration benefits to the immigrant spouse.
How Can You Show that Your Marriage is Bona Fide?
there are many ways to show that your marriage is bona fide for immigration purposes. You have to convince the immigration officer that you want to establish a life together. There are several pieces of crucial evidence to submit during your interview:
- Join taxes
- Joint bank accounts
- Jont lease or mortgage
- Evidence of trips the couple took together
This is definitely not an exhaustive list and an experienced immigration attorney could play a crucial role in proving that your marriage is real.
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What Happens if I Do Not Prove that My Marriage is Real?
There are many consequences if you fail to prove that your marriage is not bona fide. First, the officer will issue a request for evidence to give you another chance to prove that your marriage is bona fide. Second, if you fail to prove it, the immigrant spouse could be placed in removal proceedings if he or she is not in status. Lastly, there may be criminal charges against one or both parties if it is a repeated offense.
How Can an Immigration Attorney Help Me?
An ethical immigration attorney like Attorney Ahmad Yakzan could help you prove that your marriage is bona fide. An attorney’s reputation plays an important part in this process. An attorney who does not take fraudulent marriage cases has the exact reputation you need during your interview.
Call Attorney Ahmad Yakzan of the American Dream Law Office at 1-888-963-7326 to schedule a consultation.