Do taxes owed affect marriage to a foreigner? 5 Answers as of December 31, 2010

I owe 40k in back taxes. Can it effect the marriage process to a foreigner (Slovenia)?

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Pacifica Legal Services
Pacifica Legal Services | Floyd Fernandez
It might. The ability to sponsor a spouse as petitioner in bringing her/him into the USA as a green card holder turns on sufficient income to support the applicant spouse. While income is normally all that is sufficient, the issue of back taxes may be a factor in the CIS/State Department's determination to issue the permanent legal resident's visa. To discuss it further, feel free to call or e-mail to set up an in-person or phone consultation. Best to you.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/31/2010
441 Legal Group, Inc.
441 Legal Group, Inc. | Gareth H. Bullock
It should not as if your income is not sufficient your can use a co-sponsor.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 12/13/2010
Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law
Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law | Linda Liang
Yes, it could. If you fail to prove sufficient financial ability to prevent the beneficiary from becoming public charge. It'd be wise to work with an immigration lawyer to figure out a strategy to work around it according to the document you provide.

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Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 12/13/2010
Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, PC
Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, PC | Kirk A. Carter
The mere fact that a potential family based petitioner owes the federal government back taxes does not disqualify them from sponsoring their relative, however, it may have an impact on their ability to meet the financial support requirements if their wages are garnished. However, a backup sponsor can always be used to complete the necessary back up affidavit of support.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 12/13/2010
Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
No, taxes (owed are not) should be totally irrelevant.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 12/12/2010
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