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If I say DIVORCED in my I-485 do I have to provide marriage and divorce certificate? Can I just say single instead?

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Just curious as obtaining those documents can be a hassle, specially the divorce certificate. If I say divorced, do I really need to provide all those documents. Is it ok to say single instead, which is what I considered myself?

All those legal procedures ( marriage, separation and divorce) happened OUTSIDE the US, so documents are outside of the country and need translation. :(

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  1. No, you need to be truthful and state divorced, providing at least the divorce decree (though you can often get by without the marriage certificate for a terminated marriage.

  2. You need to disclose your legal status not what you consider yourself. You do need to provide your divorce decree

  3. It's a hassle to be truthful and obtain status by fulling disclosing all relevant and requested information? Failure to disclose requested information can be considered a willful misrepresentation of a material fact, grounds for a denial and initiation of removal proceedings pursuant to INA 237(a)(1)(A) and 212(a)(6)(C)(i). Perhaps you should retain counsel to best protect your interests from yourself.

  4. Concur that you will have to disclose

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  5. Of course you do have to provide certified copies of your divorce. Keeping it "simple" as you state may keep you out of the US. Be honest.
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