Immigration green card and Common law marriage and

Asked 11 months ago - Chicago, IL

my friend was common law marriage (No marriage license or certificate) in illinois which is not recognizance by the state as a legal marriage, then she go married to someone else legal marriage this time she has marriage certificate.

The question now, she was to file for her husband to get his green card, does she need to disclose her first relation/marriage to USCIS, give that her first relation/marriage never been legal, she never singed any papers, or even lived with the other man and there was no marriage or divorce papers.


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  1. Thomas O. Moens

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    Answered . There is no common law marriage in Illinois. I am also licensed in a state that does recognize common law marriage, and this does not even seem to meet the requirements in that state. There would be nothing to disclose.

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  2. Mary Kathleen Neal

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    Answered . Immigration is only interested in legal marriages, not other long-term relationships.

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  3. Justin Eric Elder


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    Answered . If Illinois does not recognize common law marriage, there was no marriage.

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  4. Fadi N. Minawi

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    Answered . It does not sound like an issue based on your facts.

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