Immigration fraud is high on lotsa scammers “to-do” list.
The 2-year then the 10-year green card is behind marriage scam.
Then U.S. citizenship: or more to the point: somewhere away from where they
last wore out their welcome.
We’re not stupid. We think it’s love… and then things go really weird.
It happened to me too. I thought we both married for love. I did. – He didn’t.
I knew he lied to me, stole from me and was plain nuts; a monster with no regard for me.
It didn’t click that all he married me for was a green card even after I kicked him out for stealing and other crazy. Classic. – We do always think the best of others even without realizing it.
I didn’t get it until a slap-in-the-gut moment when my annulment attorney said: you might not be ready to hear this emotionally, but that’s what happened.
The attorney had seen this before. – Not me.
And — I was foggy brained from the promises of a con man.
Getting the Green Card
Conditional Adjusted Status is in two stages: first it’s a 2-year green card.
They go from visitor to conditional permanent resident.
Normally, this is a beautiful thing.
Naturally it all starts with paperwork. Here’s the form used to file for spousal sponsorship of an immigrant spouse within the U.S.A. the I-485. You’ll see in the official instructions what’s required of the U.S. citizen and the immigrant.
It’s surprisingly little.
1. Proof of income via Federal taxes dated three-years back.
There’s an income minimum for the sponsoring spouse – it’s shockingly low, but it has to have been met for three previous years. (In 2012 in the U.S. it was an annual income of $19,200-ish in California for two people; meaning the spouse and the immigrant.
Bonus: You can sign on an additional sponsor who meets the income requirement to co-sponsor if the income thing isn’t met by the U.S. spouse. Really.
2. Parents names and addresses. Or a simple tick in the deceased option box.
3. Previous marriages. USCIS doesn’t check this. They trust us. And them. LoL!
4. Kids from other marriages. As if they’d tell! – Most of their kids came sans marriage.
5. Driver’s licenses, birth certificates, marriage certificate, that kind of thing.
And divorce or annulment certificates from every listed previous marriage. Again, if it wasn’t listed on the I-485, USCIS doesn’t go hunting for previous marriages, or current marriages that would make ours invalid: and the con man guilty of bigamy; guess how many times there are other unknown marriages…? Yep. Almost always, is the correct answer.
6. A medical physical exam of the immigrant, specific to this process.
8. The interview.
All forms needed to apply are free and on the U.S. Immigration website. Don’t pay any third-party for forms or to handle the process for you — irony indeed: they’re usually scammers. – You can use a verified, legitimate immigration attorney.
Marriage Fraud and How To Avoid Green Card Blues
Immigration By Marriage – Citizenship Doesn’t Happen Overnight
There are two phases of residency in the process of an emigrating spouse.
The initial green card is for 2-years. Then 6 months before the 2-year card expires, a 10-year card can be applied for. The immigrating person applies for this step, not us. – It’s the scammers hope to apply with a still controlled and subdued U.S. spouse standing by them, but they don’t really, really mind if we’re not. They can apply even if we’re split-up, separated, divorced, annulled. – They do have to prove they “married in good faith.” – There are fees. And an interview. If granted, this is the magical 10-year time-period in which legal permanent U.S. residents can become U.S. citizens; when immigrants can apply for citizenship – whether still married or not. – btw: no immigrant has to become a citizen; they can be legally registered aliens without holding citizenship.
People committing immigration fraud will be denied this 10-year card.
They have to prove they “married in good faith.”
All we have to do is provide evidence they didn’t. Super easy.
Report Immigration Fraud and Marriage Scam to USCIS
USCIS is on the side of the U.S. Citizen.
As the sponsor, report the fraud to USCIS asap. Speak from the heart. An immigration attorney advised me to write a letter stating: I loved him when we married and thought he loved me. I realized he didn’t love me and that he didn’t marry me in good faith.
This is USCIS terminology: in good faith.
I wrote I’d discovered he was not who he said he was. He told me: single, no kids, twice divorced.
I found and reported he had: a wife, a woman he lived with, a fiance, about five girlfriends, four abandoned children, criminal activity, another US wife who got an annulment – eight months before he married me.
Yes… and I talked to them.
What I now know: he had scattered around the globe: a wife, three women he lived with, three fiances, piles of girlfriends, eight abandoned children, criminal activity under a second name (identity theft) in six countries with warrants held by serious security agencies, kids who died under his fraud vocational program under which he scammed a million dollars from a national government program.
I reported to USCIS both before and after our annulment.
Even if they weren’t arrested or convicted, turn in whatever evidence you have.
Have circumstantial and direct evidence to file with your report.
USCIS requires an immigrant to let them know whenever they move. If nothing else, protect yourself by making a simple report that the scum-bucket moved out – you don’t have to know where they’ve gone.
Address your letter to the U.S. Immigration Official who interviewed you and your spouse. Include the immigration center’s Director also.
Decide for yourself. Do what feels right. I had to stand up and report him. I wanted it very clear that I took back my sponsorship and believed he should never have any access to the U.S. whatsoever under any circumstances and that he’s dangerous. I was shocked how much this meant to me and how angry I was about his illegal fraud entry.
To my surprise, reporting his fraud was one of the hardest, most horrible things
I have ever had to do in my life.
The Green Card Interview – Spotting Fraud
Immigration officials have seen every scam under the sun. They’re experts at recognizing immigration fraud. If it’s true love they will favor your application. They smell fraud from miles away.
Unless you’re in on the scam, USCIS is on your side.
If the USCIS Official takes you into separate rooms, or interviews you one after another alone, they suspect something. Take this moment as a benefit. Use it. Stop. Be sure. Take a breath. Take this as a sign.
Talk honestly with the immigration officials.
If your interviewer, or USCIS immigration officials stall your application, or question aspects of the application in any way – pause – ask them to protect you!
Ask for a private meeting without your loved one.
USCIS is on the side of the U.S. citizen in love. They’ll support the relationship and protect you as someone in love. — If you have any hesitancy, doubt or feel weird about Mr. Right or Miss Perfect — let them know!
They won’t blame you for being married to a con man.
Withdraw Sponsorship of an Immigrant Spouse
If the scammer’s green card goes through before you discover the scam, don’t worry. YOU are not in trouble! They are the criminal.
There are three branches of immigration: USCIS brings people into the country, ICE kicks them out. And Homeland Security is border patrol – they aren’t very connected to one another and the whole USCIS system is cumbersome. ICE wouldn’t take my report; it goes to USCIS.
Before the creep can file an I-751 to get that 10-year card
leading to citizenship report them to USCIS.
This will take you to
the instructions for form I-751 – report your statements of objection.
USCIS is looking for proof that the immigrant married us in good faith and for suspected criminal history. So tell it! Include all the heinous things – even if no arrest was made. Send along your annulment or divorce documents when you get them, but report him asap – as soon as he’s out of your sight, and your doors have been rekeyed. Be factual, clear, and heartfelt.
It’s important this isn’t about revenge, but about protecting our own lives.
Here’s a link to the official site for U.S. Immigration.
Report con artists to the FBI, local police, and your District Attorney as well.
Here’s to REAL True Love and Happiness!
Time to thrive!
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