Getting married in order to gain residency in the U.S. with a green card is illegal. If you are trying to determine a way to enter the country and live here legally, consult a green card attorney, but don’t simply get married for this purpose.
A Criminal Offense
Immigration officials take care in evaluating marriage applications of those who are seeking green cards. It has been estimated that over 50% of such applications they process are filed under pretenses that render then sham in the view of USCIS. Ironically, the marriage can be in every other way legal, but using marriage as a ruse to gain a green card is definitely not.
As a green card attorney will tell you, a marriage sought solely for the purposes of gaining residency with a green card is considered a criminal offense. Should a person be found out, he faces fines and jail time. What is more, he will face probable deportation, as well as a permanent bar from receiving a green card. The risk, then, is that by trying to take what may seem an easier route to residency the person runs the risk of losing that possibility altogether.
It is worth noting that the U.S. citizen who is marrying the individual seeking a green card this way also faces punishment in the form of jail time and/or fines.
For Further Information of Assistance
If you are trying to gain residency in the U.S., rather than resort to a method that can lead to being barred, speak with a green card attorney. Call Ionson Law at (781) 674-2562.