Episode 138

Published on:

24th Jan 2023

Common Law And Immigration

Can a U.S. citizen in an unmarried relationship sponsor his – or her – partner to become a permanent resident?


After all, not all couples who fall in love officially tie the knot.

Instead, they simply live together. They hold themselves out to friends, family and the community as being married but they never formalize the marriage.

Such relationships, commonly known as common law marriages, though not recognized in most states, can provide a pathway to a green card in some circumstances for an immigrant spouse.

Related Podcasts:

Episode 88: Bigamy, Polygamy, And Immigration Law

Episode 86: Perilous Road To Green Cards Through Second Marriages

Recommended Links For More Information:

How Common Law Marriages Help Win Permanent Residence

Polygamy vs Bigamy: A Battle Over Cultural And Religious Imperalism

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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.