What are the next steps for undocumented immigrant after marriage?! And how soon couple should start to fill up documents?!

Asked over 1 year ago - Pompano Beach, FL

While waiting for the copy of marriage license , can couple start to fill up documents?! Does spouse have to wait for any documents before he/she can put his/her spouse on medical insurance?! Thank you

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  1. Alexander Joseph Segal

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    Answered . Depends what undocumented means for you. If it means a person who had barged into the USA through the border, it means you will need to see an immigration attorney to discuss a waiver option.

  2. Justin G. Randolph

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    Answered . If by undocumented you mean entered without inspection even being married to a US citizen doesn't make you automatically able to file immigration documents. In fact, you might just get deported. Call an attorney to see if you're eligible to file before you do anything.

    My answering this question does not form an attorney-client relationship. Always retain a qualified attorney... more
  3. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . Depends on the status of both parties and how the undocumented entered the US.

    You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through http://www.ailalawyer.com.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  4. Sasha O. Lazarevich-Sinnott

    Contributor Level 12


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    Answered . Do not do anything or submit any paperwork before consulting with an immigration attorney.

    If your undocumented immigrant spouse entered the country illegally they may need to apply for a waiver. If they are approved for a waiver they still may need to leave the country for a period of time before reentering again. This process is complex and will require the assistance of an attorney.

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