Proving a Bona Fide Marriage for an I-130 Immigrant Visa Petition
What is a Bona Fide Marraige?A Bona Fide marriage is one that is entered into for love and companionship not to evade the immigration laws and simply get a green card. It is one of the easiest ways of getting a green card, but the burden of proof is on the petitioner to prove that the marriage is legal and bona fide.
Proving a Bona Fide MarriageThe paper record will be helpful in proving a bona fide marriage. Items such as tax returns filed as married are a must. Bank statements in both of the couples names, joint property, cars, insurance, life insurance, health insurance, proof of living together at the same address, affidavits from close family and friends. These are a must in the initial filing along with pictures of the couple. Proper preparation for the interview with the USCIS officer to demonstrate common knowledge that most couples would know about each other is imperative.