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Old 01-17-2009, 09:35 AM
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I'm sure there are plenty of similar topics/questions, but I thought i'd get everyone's opinions. I am marrying my fiancee later this year and we plan on moving to the States sometime in 2010 or 2011. She is an American citizen (she wasn't born in the U.S. but received her citizenship by living in the States with her American mother through high school). We both currently reside in Canada and she hasn't lived in the U.S. for close to ten years. I've read on the American immigration site that next to be the daughter/son of an American citizen, the best (or easiest) way to receive your green card is to marry an American citizen. A lot of people i've talked to (including her mother) say I should be a shoe in as long as we have the appropriate documentation, but I just want to find if it really is that simple or if they only let in a certain percentage of people in my position, etc.
I'm unsure if it has any bearing, but I am a well educated individual with a degree in software engineering.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts/opinions,

- Mike
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:12 PM
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I have no clue about it personally, but I've known quite a few people in Chicago who married into citizenship.

I know of 2-3 gay people who are friends of friends or whatever who married straight women so they could become citizens and not have to figure out other more difficult or lenghy avenues. If it's someone you're actually in love with and marrying, then I would think this would be very easy for you.
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:22 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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This was a long time ago, but I married a woman in Canada, and when I returned to the US, she was granted what seemed like an immediate and automatic green card, requiring only an application and an interview with an officer at the US consulate. However, there are some catches. There is what is called the April-November rule---if an American 72 years old marries a girl 19 in a foreign country, there is a waiting period, which is at least a year, before the marriage is formally recognized by US immigration for that purpose. The young bride won't even be given a fast-track tourist visa until the waiting period expires. There are no doubt other limiters, too, based on a wide variety of circumstances.
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Old 01-17-2009, 05:41 PM
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Thank you for your replies. It sounds like very positive responses. We are definitely very much in love (8 year relationship) and this isn't any attempt at trying to get the around the system at all. We are the same age (i'm older by a month) so I don't think we fall into that one catch.

- Mike
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:26 AM
Location: Southeast Missouri
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My sister knew a girl who married a man from Haiti. They really were in love. They had kids. He lost his job and got deported.

So, marrying an American may be the easiest way, but in some circumstances, you CAN get deported.
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