Urbana, IL asked in Immigration Law for Illinois

Q: Can you get married to an illegal immigrant in Illinois?

My boyfriends visa expired and he chose to still stay in the US. We want to get married but I’m not sure if we can because he’s illegal. And how would this affect his being able to get PR(permanent residency) will he still be able to? Or will he have to go back? We are trying to find a way so that he doesn’t end up having to go back to his mother country

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Iskra Panteva

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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Yes. You can get married to an illegal immigrant, and he can pursue immigration benefits. For more information, you should contact an experienced immigration attorney.

Kevin L Dixler

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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: I agree, at this point, but once married you will both need to work toward documenting and processing him for conditional resident status. This is a bit more complicated. As a result, I strongly recommend an appointment with a competent and experienced immigration attorney. An experienced immigration attorney can review the facts and discuss whether there are any facts that may create additional paperwork and documentation. Good luck.

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