Mount Prospect, IL asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for Illinois

Q: I got my green card through marriage in 2014. Since 2017, I have been living separately. I want to file for citizenship.

My question is: should I get divorce before I submit for citizenship? Or wait till I get my citizenship and then get a divorce?

Thank you in advance


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Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: More information is needed. How long did you live together? Did you keep any documentary evidence of the marital relationship after the applications were approved? It is unclear whether the USCIS will choose to scrutinize your marital relationship at the naturalization examination. This, in spite of the fact that you have been a lawful permanent resident for more than five years, which is significant.

Again, I strongly recommend an appointment with a competent and experienced immigration attorney before there are any other complications. Good luck.

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