Framingham, MA asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts

Q: I-130 petition for my brother who lives in Pakistan and is married to two wives. Will this have implications?

In Pakistan, you can have more than one wife by law.

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Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: Yes, this is a problem. The names of all spouses must be included in the petition. Bigamy is grounds for inadmissibility. This means that, as a bigamist, he should be disqualified from lawful immigration. This will require any previously approved I-130 petition to be revoked, even years later. He is ineligible to immigrate to the U.S. if he practices bigamy, so the visa cannot be issued by the U.S. Government 'unless' he decides practices monogamy. The U.S. considers bigamous and polygamous relationships to be immoral.

If you choose to petition him, then I strongly recommend an appointment or teleconference with a competent and experienced immigration attorney before there are any other complications. This can require careful planning, where your brother changes his ways, then wishes to eventually proceed with lawful immigration.

The above is general information, not legal advice, and does not create an attorney client relationship.

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