Marriage fraud in a nutshell occurs when one or both parties enter into a marriage primarily for immigration benefit.
If is not a legitimate marriage gone wrong even if your better half says he or she married you just for "papers" it is not marriage fraud.
It is not a revenge tool against your better half.
You must substantiate your allegation of marriage fraud.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST MARRIAGE FRAUD
The common sense approach is to investigate and be familiar with your spouse.
You must invest in the relationship as you would invest in any other asset.
The rules of relationship and marriage are applicable to every person regardless of nationality.
Do your homework and be confident and comfortable in the marriage prior to proceeding with it. Would you marry a complete stranger?
Observe any red flags, and check your fiance's background, including family.
HOW TO IDENTIFY MARRIAGE FRAUD
It is not marriage fraud to want immigration benefit in the marriage, but this must not be the primary purpose of the marriage.
Your spouse is entitled to benefit from the marriage just as you are, and immigration benefit is obviously one such benefit for him as an immigrant.
There are signs such as filing for divorce immediately on receipt of green card, continued relationship with his ex, unsubstantiated allegations of abuse, etc.
Usually he is eager to remarry his ex-wife or ex-girlfriend after receipt of his residency.
VICTIMS OF MARRIAGE FRAUD & POSSIBLE REMEDIES
You can make a complaint to the immigration service.
You must be prepared to substantiate your allegations of marriage fraud and you may be required to testify if he is in removal proceedings.
Your ex-spouse can be removed from the US, he can be denied immigration benefit, and you will be alleviated of liability as a co-sponsor.
Marriage fraud is investigated by the service and it is equivalent to a "death sentence" in receiving immigration benefit.
Rest assured that marriage fraud is a serious immigration violation and you can help the next victim by taking the simple steps to protect yourself and expose it.
Additional resources provided by the author
REPORT MARRIAGE FRAUD TO ICE ON - 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.
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