immigration:got married recently and am filling for residency for my partner,because of family issues we haven't informed family members yet
how important is it that we do before an interview?
You need to prove the validity of your marriage to immigration. This can be done in many different ways. Every marriage and every case is different. When the marriage is hidden from family it makes it that much more difficult to prove the marriage is based on love and desire to spend the rest of your lives together than for immigration purposes. This is an issue that will come up at the interview and can create problem. With a case like this, you need to consult with an immigration lawyer to review the details of the marriage, why it hasn't been revealed and what you can do to strengthen your case. Do not post these details on avvo for the whole world to see.
It depends on the circumstances. Every case is different and there might be valid reasons for why you have not told about your marriage to family members. Your marriage will be scrutinized by the immigration officer. If you have good reasons for not telling your family members about the marriage AND you have good evidence that your marriage is a good faith marriage, you should be okay.
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Your situation is very circumstance specific. As some lawyers have already alluded to, the lack of knowledge by family members could be an issue that raises questions as to the genuine nature of your marital relationship. On the other hand, the both of you may have very good reasons why you have decided to keep your marriage private. It is not necessarily other people's business, even family. I would consult with an attorney to discuss your case in detail.
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