Addressing Common Concerns and Misconceptions About Marrying a U.S. Citizen on a Temporary Visa


When a U.S. citizen marries someone who holds a temporary visa in the United States, concerns and misconceptions about the process and legal implications may arise. Let’s explore some of the most common problems and associated misconceptions on this topic:

1. Legal Stay: One of the biggest fears is that the person with the temporary visa will lose their legal status in the United States once their visa expires. However, marrying a U.S. citizen can provide a pathway to obtain permanent legal immigration status, such as a Permanent Resident Card, also known as a Green Card.

2. Fraud Attempt: There’s concern that marrying a U.S. citizen may be perceived as an attempt to commit immigration fraud to gain legal status in the country. However, by providing evidence that the marriage is genuine and not solely to obtain immigration benefits, you can take control of the situation. Documents such as emails, photographs, plane tickets, etc., can support your application and empower you in this process.

3. Complicated Process: Some individuals may believe obtaining permanent legal status through marriage to a U.S. citizen is complicated. Although the process may have its challenges, obtaining permanent residency can be feasible with proper guidance and compliance with legal requirements.

4. Fear of Deportation: Individuals with temporary visas may fear that marrying a U.S. citizen won’t protect them from deportation if their visa expires before their permanent residency application is resolved. However, specific legal protections are available to prevent deportation while the adjustment of status application is being processed.

By addressing these concerns and misconceptions in an informed manner and with the appropriate guidance from an immigration attorney, those in this situation can find relief in understanding the process better. This understanding can help them make more informed decisions and move towards obtaining legal immigration status in the United States.