Is it illegal to marry someone for immigration paper without them knowing? 14 Answers as of May 29, 2013

What about using them in a negative way, as if verbal abuse.

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Law Offices of Svetlana Boukhny
Law Offices of Svetlana Boukhny | Svetlana Boukhny
Yes, of course it is illegal!!!
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/11/2012
Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC
Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC | Lynne Feldman
Yes illegal and not advised. This is fraud and would preclude future immigration benefits from any source.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/15/2012
Law Offices of Brian D. Lerner, A PC
Law Offices of Brian D. Lerner, A PC | Brian David Lerner
Hello: It would be marriage fraud to get married only to get the Green Card.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/15/2012
Law Office of Bijal Jani | Bijal Jani
Yes, it is absolutely illegal to "use" someone for immigration benefits.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/15/2012
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
A lot more details are needed to adequately answer this question. Generally, entering into a fraudulent or "sham" marriage strictly for immigration benefits is a federal crime.

Using them in a negative way or abusing them either physically or verbally can be deemed an act of domestic violence which is also a crime and carries its own separate penalties as well immigration consequences.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/15/2012
    World Esquire Law Firm
    World Esquire Law Firm | Aime Katambwe
    YES. YES. YES. Very illegal. It is just as illegal to use immigration laws to get an advantage in a civil case.

    A marriage is a contract and it is a valid one for immigration purposes if it at the time that it took place, it was entered into in good faith. What happens later is just life.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2012
    Theresa E. Tilton, Attorney at Law
    Theresa E. Tilton, Attorney at Law | Theresa E. Tilton
    Marrying someone for the purpose of receiving an immigration benefit is a type of immigration fraud, and it is contrary to US law. US immigration law requires a "good-faith marriage" to support a marriage-based visa. To prove a "good-faith marriage", you will have to give objective evidence such as living together as husband and wife, sharing finances, having children together, and planning for a future together. Verbal abuse is, unfortunately, a part of many good-faith marriages. Depending on the type of verbal abuse, it may display immaturity, poor social skills, or mental illness. If you are concerned that your spouse's verbal abuse shows that your spouse married you just to get a green card, it is your right as the US citizen to withdraw your immigration petitions.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/15/2012
    Law Offices of Grinberg and Segal
    Law Offices of Grinberg and Segal | Alexander Segal
    It is a violation of federal criminal and immigration law to marry someone solely for the purpose of obtaining an immigration benefit. It can lead to a permanent bar to immigration benefits with the exception of relief under the Convention Against Torture (if the person is likely to be tortured in their native country). It can also result in criminal prosecution.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/15/2012
    Natty Shafer Law
    Natty Shafer Law | Nathaniel Shafer
    Yes, that is considered marriage fraud.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 8/14/2012
    Law Office of Rebecca White
    Law Office of Rebecca White | Rebecca White
    Marriage fraud is illegal. However, a validly bad relationship is not. If you are having trouble distinguishing between the two, I suggest you set a consultation appointment to discuss the details of your relationship.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2012
    Hernan Law Firm | Jamie B. Hernan
    If the marriage was not legitimate, it is possible that the person who used the US citizen solely for the purpose of obtaining a green card could lose their status. Obviously there are other issues present in the marriage if there is verbal abuse as you described. Unfortunately, there is just simply not enough information in your question to provide a more detailed response. I suggest you contact an attorney or marital counselor right away to discuss the matter in more detail.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/14/2012
    Frazier, Soloway & Poorak, P.C.
    Frazier, Soloway & Poorak, P.C. | David Nabow Soloway
    Although not entirely clear from your question, it sounds like you are asking about a marriage entered for the purpose of getting a "Green Card." That would constitute visa fraud with potentially very serious consequences for both the foreign national and the U.S. citizen. Regarding verbal abuse, if a couple enters a genuine, bona fide marriage, and the U.S. Citizen subjects the foreign national to abuse, the foreign national may not need to remain in the abusive relationship in order to secure immigration benefits, and instead may qualify for relief under the Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA"). In order to assess eligibilities, options and strategies, there is no substitute for engaging an immigration attorney to learn all of the relevant details and circumstances.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/14/2012
    Jason P. Wapiennik, PLC and Great Lakes Customs Law | Jason P. Wapiennik
    Yes, that is illegal.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/14/2012
    U.S. Tax Relief, LLC | Dale Heider
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/29/2013
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