Common red flags in marriage-based green card applications

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2024 | Immigration |

US Immigration checks marriage-based green card applications very closely to prevent fraud. If you’re trying to bring your spouse to the United States, you need to know what problems they are looking for. Knowing the common red flags can help avoid delays and denials in your immigration process.

No shared financial accounts

One red flag is not having shared financial accounts. Real married couples often have joint bank accounts, shared credit cards, or co-signed loans. These show financial ties. Make sure to have joint accounts and keep records to prove your financial connection and avoid accusations of marriage fraud.

Differences in personal information

Differences in personal information, like different addresses or jobs, can raise doubts. Ensure all documents and forms are accurate and match up. Double-check everything to avoid mistakes that could look suspicious.

Not living together

Living apart is a major red flag. Immigration officials expect married couples to live together unless there is a good reason, like work. Provide proof of living together, such as leases, utility bills, and mail with both names.

Short relationship history

A short relationship before marriage can be a concern. Be ready to explain your relationship history, including how you met, dated, and decided to marry. Photos, travel records, and letters from friends and family can help show your timeline.

Be prepared and honest

To avoid these red flags, keep organized records of your relationship. This includes financial documents, photos, communication logs, and other proof of your life together. A complete and honest application can improve your chances of approval.

By understanding and addressing these common red flags, couples can strengthen their marriage-based green card applications and move closer to their goal of living together in the United States.