Episode 37

Published on:

7th Aug 2020

Is Your Marriage Bona Fide?

I hear the same misguided comment over and over from clients who visit my office.

“We were told to get married and my wife will have no problems becoming a permanent resident.”

On the one hand, it is true that marriage is one of the quickest routes to winning a green card.

On the other, marriage, alone, does not guarantee immigration success.

There are several potential stumbling blocks you have to look out for. Let’s start with the most basic one.

Is your marriage “bona fide”?

In legal terminology, this means “Is your marriage valid?”

Recommended Links For More Information:

New Spouse Wins Green Card Despite Invalid Divorce

Don’t Make These 8 Marriage Green Card Mistakes

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About the Podcast

The Immigration Mastermind
The Immigration Mastermind is a podcast for immigrants and their families that shares tips, insights, and tidbits to help guide the quest for permanent residence and citizenship in the United States. The podcast strives to build knowledge, while dispelling myths in short bite-sized, easy-to-understand snippets of pull-no-punches information.

Designed for both immigrant families who have already started the immigration process and those just starting to think about their journey, the Immigration Mastermind provides a mix of expert tips about legal rules, insights about breaking news, and tidbits to help immigrants and their families to keep their chin up, even when the road to success seems to be a never-ending road.

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Carlos Batara

Carlos Batara is an immigration lawyer, author, educator, public speaker, and online talk show host. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he has cared for, protected, and guided immigrants from over 100 countries on their journeys to the United States. His goal is to help at least one family from every nation in the world before he calls it quits.

With family roots from Mexico, Spain, and the Philippines, as well as Native American, Greek, and Turkish ancestry, he brings a broad multicultural background to the practice of immigration law.

Combined with knowledge gained from advanced studies in international relations and constitutional politics, Carlos is always willing to speak his mind openly on immigration issues.