Can I legally marry an illegal immigrant to keep them in the United States? 6 Answers as of July 19, 2011

Can I marry an illegal immigrant to keep him in the country if he's been deported once before in '94 then comes back commits a felony and is on parole waiting to be deported again?

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Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Reza Athari
You may marry anyone that you love. Marriage should not be considered with immigration matters. From what you explain, he will have at least a 10 year bar that he must stay outside US. Certain crimes, specially drug related, make one ineligible to apply for any immigration benefit. You should consult with a seasoned immigration attorney.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 7/19/2011
World Esquire Law Firm
World Esquire Law Firm | Aime Katambwe
Yes you can marry him any time you want but it has to be a marriage entered into in good faith and not to evade the tentacles of immigration laws. The part about keeping him in the country will be very very tough to do since he was deported before and came back only to commit yet another crime(s). This means that not only he broke immigration laws in re-entering without permission, but also criminal laws by being convicted with a felony. I believe that getting him any kind of a status while in the US is going to be very difficult if not impossible. Of course, I do not know his entire set of circumstances but the flavor I am getting does not bode well for him. I think that an immigrant visa opportunity abroad would probably a better shot at this point. You should consult with competent counsel to get a better sense of the possibilities available to him, this forum is ill-suited for such complicated matters. Good luck!
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/19/2011
Kevin Bluitt, Attorney at Law
Kevin Bluitt, Attorney at Law | Kevin Bluitt
Based on the facts that you provided I would say no...also, if the marriage is simply to stop the deportation it will be deemed to be fraud....
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 7/19/2011
Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law
Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law | Eric Mark
Most likely not.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 7/19/2011
Fong & Associates
Fong & Associates | William D. Fong
Not likely to qualify for a waiver of the immigration and criminal violations. Consult with an experienced attorney.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 7/19/2011
    Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law
    Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law | Linda Liang
    Mere marriage cannot save anyone from deportation. Only extreme hardship on the married citizen may. However, since he came back after being deported and committed felony, the chance for him to stay is very slim. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/19/2011
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