i got married to a guy from portland im from Fiji island its been a year i moved here.my husband is cheating on me and i cant divorce him because of the immigration law i cant divorce him for two years if i did i had to go back to fiji and i dont want to go back.i dont want to stay with him.is there any way you can help me.any advance plz
The immigration laws are concerned with fraudulent marriages entered into for the purpose of obtaining permanent resident status. Given that you have been here for a year, you are likely on conditional resident status. However, even if you decide to get a divorce within the two year period time frame, you may still apply for adjustment of status to permanent residence. This process is known as removal of conditions on permanent residence based on marriage. You would have to show that you entered into the marriage in good faith. To adjust status, you and your husband would normally apply jointly. However, if you divorce him, you may apply to waive the joint filing requirement. You should contact an immigration attorney, whether myself or one of my colleagues to see what your available options are based on your current circumstances.
You are able to self-petition for removal of the conditions of residence and do not have to wait for two years, given there is a valid divorce has been secured and you are able to prove that the two of you lived in marital union. I am a local Portland immigration attorney. Feel free to call me or email me with the additional questions that you may have.
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I don't understand your comment that "i cant divorce him because of the immigration law". That's not necessarily true but you have given me enough facts. Are you now a conditional lawful permanent resident? If so, when does your conditional lawful permanent residence expire? It would be a GREAT investment o seek mt legal advice or that of one of my colleagues. You might be eligible for a self petition or a VAWA waiver. If you feel you are in danger, please leave your house. Hope this helps. Wishing you well.
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