Q: Hello, I am a US citizen and I have recently married a F1 visa student. She has been here for 120+ days.
I have know her from before as our family as friends so I was helping her get situated in her new school and we have found out we like each other. We can’t be intimate without marriage in our religion that ‘s why we got married fast.
My question is: do I need a lawyer in this case? Or am I okay without one?
Potential Issues I see are marriage very fast ( US standards), and the fact she lived in my house since she came in the US. I had a spare bedroom and her family asked me to take care of her. But in reality the marriage is very real and not fake.
Please give me an honest answer.
A: The burden is on you to "prove" that the marriage is "real". This involves providing as much documentation in support of this as possible such as photos, affidavits from friends and family, etc. Hiring an attorney to help you prepare and submit this documentation will increase your chances of approval but ultimately it is the agent's discretion so there can be no guarantees. Hiring an attorney is also a good idea to make sure there are no other issues or concerns with your wife filing for adjustment of status that you may not be aware of. Best wishes!
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers agrees with this answer
A: It is completely possible to adjust your future wife status to lawful permanent residency in the United States. In my opinion it requires an attorney because even a small or in your opinion insignificant mistake may result in a case being considerably delayed, rejected or even denied. I don’t think this is the result you want. To start a case assessment you could reach out to an attorney of your choice with requisite professional knowledge of that subject.
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