Los Angeles, CA asked in Immigration Law for California

Q: If an illegal immigrant marries an us citizen and has an order of deportation can the immigrant get his citizenship?

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Joshua L. Goldstein
Joshua L. Goldstein
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA

A: Marriage to a U.S. citizen is a common path to permanent resident, i.e., a green card, which, in turn, may lead to naturalization and citizenship. An order of deportation is an obstacle to a green card. And by "illegal" what do you mean? Did this person enter the U.S. with a visa and a passport and were he or she inspected by an immigration officer? Did he or she overstay a visa? Has this person ever had any problems with the law? Is this person currently living in the U.S. or abroad? These are some of the many questions that I would want to know the answer to in order to assess this case.

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