As Valentine’s Day approaches love is in the air. People start planning a life with their significant other, for people in a mixed relationship (immigrant & Non-Immigrants) taking the next step may be a precursor to filing immigration paperwork for their spouse.
Although laws about immigration through marriage haven’t changed the scrutiny given to couples, their relationships and intentions has intensified greatly. Officers are looking for more evidence in making their evaluations and often pressuring unrepresented couples during interviews in order to deny otherwise approvable cases. If you are thinking of petitioning your spouse, weather straight or gay you should consider the following:
Documentation is key, you and your spouse must prove not only that your legally married but that your marriage was entered into in “Good Faith”. Immigration will want to see that you have:
1. United your social lives
- Have joint activities;
- Include your family and friends in your relationship;
- Are together on your social media platforms
- Do activities or have hobbies together.
2. United your lives financially by showing that you
- Live together;
- Have joint bank accounts that are actually used;
- Have a will naming your spouse;
- Have a joint lease;
- Have joint car, medical or life insurance;
- Having joint bills;
There are many ways to prove a “good faith relationship but it is your responsibility to do so or USCIS will deny your application. With the rising cost of both immigration fee’s and attorney’s fees, it is important that your case is prepared correctly the first time!
So, remember to save all of the related documents and to start unifying your lives, so that when the time comes you are ready to file a strong case and your marriage isn’t interrupted by immigration.