My boyfriend lives in Mexico & I am a U.S. Citizen. after we get married i want to try to get him his recidency but i would also like us to get married here in California. I also want to know since five years ago he had gotten caught trying to cross the border will that affect him & if so would other options do i have as a U.S. Citizen to try to help him??
There are a lot of questions that need asked and answered to be able to fully explain your options. Getting caught at the border could have had different outcomes such as expedited removal or withdrawing his request to enter the US. Depending on the outcome, there will be different things that need to be done. "Has he lived in the US?" and "If so, for how long?" are other questions that really need to be asked and answered by him. I would recommend consulting with an immigration attorney before doing anything.
His prior attempt to illegally enter the country may be an issue -- was he actually caught and deported? If he tried this more than once and was caught more than once, that would carry more severe consequences. You could attempt the fiance visa route. File an I-129F and then consular process in with a K, marry within 90 days of entry to the U.S. and file for adjustment of status to green card. You might want to consult an immigration lawyer to make sure there are no issues of inadmissibility for his intention for an immigrant visa.
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