Marriage Fraud and U.S. Immigration

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Even the most honest, loving binational couple in the world needs to worry about the possibility that, when it comes time to apply for a visa or green card base on that marriage, the U.S. immigration authorities will believe it's a sham -- just a fraud to get the noncitizen a coveted U.S. green card. Although the people who have entered into real marriages should be successful in the end, the fact that many true frauds have been perpetrated in the past means that, at the very least, their burden of providing convincing documentation and answering a multitude of questions will be higher than for many other types of green card or visa applications.