To be valid for immigration purposes, a marriage must be valid in the place where it was performed, according to local laws. A marriage performed without a marriage license in the States is likely not valid, and if that's the case, there's no disclosure needed. However, it would be a good idea to consult with a family law attorney in IL just to be safe.
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I agree with my colleague. You should consult a family law attorney in Illinois to be certain that the first marriage was not legal/official.
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If there really was no marriage license involved in the first marriage, then it was probably not a valid marriage under Illinois law. However, it is always best to disclose and explain when dealing with USCIS.
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You are correct that Illinois will not recognize the marriage entered without a license. Regarding disclosure, you are always better off disclosing anything rather than hiding anything.
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No. The US still requires a bona fide evidence of a valid marriage.
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