I am originally from the Bahamas. Upon my mother moving us to the states (New York) she filed for citizenship & has since (somewhere in my preteen years) been granted citizenship. Immigration has since called me to be sworn in, but I got into a little trouble that caused me to miss that date. Now they are having trouble finding my name in their system but have my mothers. I've turned my life around, I have 2 kids from my current fiance, & we are ready to get the show on the road to forever. My passport is expired & for some reason the renewal was denied. I don't have a florida ID (lost it a long time ago & never needed it really) nor my ss card. I do know the number & have my BC. She is a US Citizen though. What do we need in order to get married? How long is the process from jail? Cost?
Attorney Bernal-Mora has given you an excellent answer and be reminded that when speaking to an Immigration Attorney, choose one that actually has EXPERIENCE, not one who simply puts the word behind his/her name. Ideally, you should speak to an attorney who regularly works with Family law and Immigration. Best of luck to you!
You need to immediately have your family contact an immigration attorney to assist you. You have about four big issues that you have raised in this question that need answering. First, are you a permanent resident right now, an immigrant, or a citizen? You have a possibility of being a derivative, but the information you provided is vague. An attorney needs to determine this. Second, you talk about missing a date with immigration - for what? This is extremely important. Third, you indicate trouble, and later, jail, which makes me believe you have some sort of criminal issue. If you are not indeed a citizen, now we have possible removal issues. Finally, you ask about applications through a spouse - you may need this, but may not, and also may not be eligible if there are criminal issues.
You need to get to an attorney as soon as possible. Only that person can parse through your issues and give you a good idea of what to do.
What you need in order to get married will depend on the rules of your local jurisdiction. Contact the local county Clerk of the Court for information on what you will need to obtain a marriage license. As to your immigration status, you may have automatically acquired citizenship through your mother when she naturalized, however a full review of the circumstances of her naturalization and your immigration history are necessary to make that determination. You would be well advised to meet with an immigration attorney. Attorney's fees will depend on a variety of factors, including the attorney's experience, education, the local market, etc.
First thing to do is file a USCIS FOIA and request that your entire immigration be sent to you on a pdf cd. You will be able to see what was done on your case, the receipt numbers for your petitions, and possibly whether your citizenship was ever granted under your mother's application.
In the event that you wife is a US citizen and you entered the country with a visa and have no criminal issues that would make you inadmissible, you qualify to apply for your green card though your wife.
Make sure to speak to an immigration attorney. Your case is more complicated than you think.
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