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Signs that federal officials suspect your marriage is fraudulent

Immigrating to Georgia or another U.S. region is often a lengthy and complicated process. If your paperwork wasn't in order when you crossed a border, you may encounter many challenges that properly documented immigrants might avoid. You may also be one of many who married a U.S. citizen.  

By marrying a U.S. citizen, you may be able to obtain a permanent resident status that allows you to live and work in the United States, indefinitely. A problem might arise, however, if federal immigration officials think your marriage is not legitimate and that you used it to beat the system as a means of getting a green card. If that's the case, you may have to attend a marriage interview to convince them otherwise.  

Things to know regarding your I-751 petition 

When U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reviews your I-751 petition, agents will determine whether they believe you have entered into a valid marriage. If one or more issues raises their suspicions, officials may summon you to a marriage interview to prove your case. Your petition may receive a fraud level A, B or C score. The following list explains each:  

  • Level C is the best score you can get. It signifies that there are no technical problems with your petition and that the adjudicator recommends it for approval without necessitating a marriage interview. 
  • Level B means that, while most of your documents may be in order, something has caught the eye of the reviewer and has raised concerns. It may be that a document or a certain piece of information that would attest to the validity of your marriage is missing. 
  • If the reviewer assigns a level A to your I-751 petition, you can bet that you and your spouse are highly suspected of committing fraud through marriage. If you filed your petition late, if you and your spouse have a wide age difference or you are living in separate residences, any of these issues would be one of many reasons that your reviewer would list your petition as a fraud level A.  

If your petition receives a level A score, you will definitely have to attend a marriage interview. The district office in your area may choose to interview you for a level B or C score, although they may choose not to interview between 10 and 50 percent of level C cases and anywhere between 30 and 100 percent of level B petitions.  

How to avoid an interview           

If your petition is in good order, you may not have to attend a marriage interview. You'll want to make sure you file on time and that you include all attached documents, signatures and required information. If you provide sufficient evidence that you have a bona fide marriage, you may convince reviewers that you are not trying to circumvent the law to get a green card.

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