I just got married to a US Citizen. I'm an alien who came on a visa. I have no criminal record.
She was on assistance a month before we got married. Now she is no more. She has a job but doesn't make the 125% for sponsorship and i know i will need a second sponsor.
1. My concern is will her being on gov't assistance just before we got married jeopardize my GC application?
2. She never had a job and never filed taxes for 2 years. Will that be an issue? She will file the I-130 for me after filing for taxes next year (2013).
Thank you for your time.
This is only an issue with regard to her ability to execute an affidavit of support on your behalf. You will need a co-sponsor.
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Carl Shusterman, Esq.
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You will need to prove that your marriage is legitimate and it wasn't done to benefit your wife financially or to help you get a green card. I understand that money is an issue for you now, but I strongly recommend that you speak to an immigration attorney before you do anything. I expect the USCIS will be suspicious of everyone's motives in light of your wife's financial problems.
I highly recommend you and your wife schedule an appointment over phone or in person with an immigration attorney to screen for the strength of the case and financial concerns. It could seem like a paid arrangement for your wife if she was previously on government assistance. If you have a real marriage you will have to prove it.
Dhenu Savla, Esq.