Brainerd, MN asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut

Q: Is it illegal to scam someone with a promise of marriage to get citizenship in the US?

I am a senior on ssi for a disability. Fter spending a large amount of money then paying for citizenship in the US I was treated very bad and blocked then to be told she would talk to me if I sent her money again.

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

A: It is unclear how you are getting SSI Disability, since you seem unqualified, but more information is needed!

There must be reciprocal love and mutual moral support between a couple in order to commit to marriage as a matter of immigration law. If a foreigner marries a U.S. citizen solely for immigration purposes, then not only has he committed a Federal Crime, that person can also be permanently banned from ever being petitioned by a future spouse or family member for an immigrant visa.

In other words, if you knew that it was immoral to marry someone who you were not in love with, then you should not have paid that person to do so! Stop paying! You may have been lucky that she never married you! Finally, if you marry in good faith, then are properly petitioned and qualify to process in the U.S., then the most that you can get is conditional or lawful permanent resident status, not Citizenship! Citizenship must be applied for much later, but only after you become a permanent resident!

If you are still confused as to what to do, then seek an appointment or teleconference with a competent and experienced immigration attorney before there are any other complications.

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

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Wheeling, IL

A: You should have asked that question prior to that scheme that took advantage of you.

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