Proving your marriage is legitimate when seeking a green card

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2024 | Family Immigration

There are numerous ways that an individual can enter the U.S. legally and obtain permanent residence. One popular method is to apply for a marriage green card. This is a valid option for married couples, but the process is not as straightforward as simply being or getting married.

To approve a green card, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require evidence that the marriage is legitimate. This is necessary so that “sham marriages” can be weeded out. What kind of evidence will help show that your marriage is legitimate?

Legal documents

One of the strongest forms of evidence that married couples can provide to the USCIS is legal documents that indicate a legitimate marriage. For example, if you and your spouse have joint bank accounts, life insurance policies and utility bills, this can show that you are in a committed relationship. Another strong form of evidence include being listed in each other’s estate planning documents, such as wills.

Evidence of a continuous relationship

Other types of evidence that can be useful include anything that shows that you and your spouse have been in a continuous relationship for some time. For instance, you could hand over call logs, text messages and social media messages that show a pattern of regular communication.

It may also help to provide evidence of joint travels that you have taken together. For instance, you could show travel tickets in both of your names as well as photos of you together at the destinations.

Proving that your marriage is legitimate is a vital step toward obtaining a green card. Seeking legal guidance will help you to navigate the sometimes complex immigration system.