My son married Chinese woman from PRC. She got provisional green card based on their marriage, and is awaiting permanent green card. She came to US to learn English while he finished job in China. Wife cheated on him while she was in US and they recently separated. Wife is still in love with person she cheated on my son with, and will not break off contact, which was one of his conditions for working it out. He's broken up about it. Doesn't know what to do. Wants a divorce but she wants to wait until permanent green card in finalized. I think he is obligated to report the separation to Immigration. What do you think?
Son is still in China and has moved out of the apartment they cohabited for 4 years. He has a job coming up, but intends to be back here in the states at the end of summer at the latest, possibly to attend graduate school. Will they have an interview with Immigration before permanent green card is given, and if so, can he tell them then about his break up? Or should he do it ASAP?
No, he's not obligated to report it. He can divorce her, but he will still be obligated under the Affidavit of Support until certain events happen. I suggest that he read this article on the subject:
There is no such "obligation" for a spurned USC to "report" any such thing. Even if a disgruntled USC sends a letter to USCIS stating the couple no longer lives together, it will pretty much be ignored.
Your son's estranged wife can still (and probably will) remove the "condition" on her temporary green card by filing fr and obtaining a divorce and then filing Form I-751 by invoking one of the many exceptions to the joint filing requirement.
Your son should divorce and move on and be more careful next time. Sorry, but that's the reality.
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He is not obligated to report his wife to USCIS. Nor should you. Your son might want to consult with an immigration attorney to better understand his options and the immigration consequences of divorce, not only for his wife but also for himself.
He has no such obligation. If he wants to file for divorce or wait, that is between him and his wife.
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