Chicago, IL asked in Immigration Law for Illinois

Q: Immigration Law: Leaving and entering the US on an H1b visa after marrying a US citizen.

I am currently in the US on an H1b visa. I will be marrying a US citizen in the US soon. Can I leave and return to the US after the marriage on my H1b visa without applying for a marriage-based green card? Do I need to inform USCIS of the marriage? My H1b visa stamp will be valid during this time.

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Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Wheeling, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You need to be extremely careful.

You must notify the USCIS of your marital status change to a USC in writing.

Naturally, you may depart and be admitted to the United States during the duration of your H1B visa validity, however you must give honest answers regarding your marital status to a USC if inquired by the CBP during admission.

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