Will my foreign spouse have the residency of the state that we are married in?

Asked over 1 year ago - East Hartford, CT

I am an U.S. citizen with Connecticut residency. I plan to bring my fiancé over to the U.S. from Hong Kong next year. I will be attending graduate school in Massachusetts for the next few years. If we get married in Massachusetts, will he receive residency from CT or MA? He is planning on attending community college in MA, close to where we live, so having a MA residency will be more beneficial to us.

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  1. Dana Roxana Bucin

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    Answered . Residence is where you actually live, as shown by either a state ID, or your lease, or other proof that you actually live there. For immigration purposes, the only difference is where you go to interview: Hartford or Boston. So I would not worry about the residence as much as I would about how to bring him over as a fiance, which is a detailed-oriented process for which you might consider getting attorney assistance.

    This answer is provided for general education purposes only and is not intended to provide, nor does it provide,... more
  2. Robert C Ross

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    Answered . State residency only really matters for Immigration as to where your interview will be conducted. - Connecticut is done in Hartford, Massachusetts in Boston. It goes by where the person is actually living. But other than that, CIS doesn't have anything to do with state residency. As to bringing your fiance from Hong Kong, that is something you will very likely need help with, and I urge you to retain a good immigration lawyer. It is very easy to unwittingly create problems with a fiance case (or marriage based case, for that matter) and it is always harder trying to get the case corrected than to do it right from the beginning.

    The above is not legal advice. It is general information. I only give legal advice to those who have a retainer... more
  3. Stephen D. Berman

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    Answered . Where you reside, is where your residency is.

    The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an... more
  4. Alexus Paul Sham

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues. A fiance visa can be difficult to obtain and it would be best for you to consult an immigration attorney with your case. Where you have residence is dependent upon where you live.

    Alexus P. Sham alexuspshamesq@gmail.com (917) 498-9009. The above information is only general in nature and does... more
  5. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . You would need to ask the college in question.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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