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Submitted by Shömi (United States), Jun 14, 2017 at 14:17

Dear Ruth,

I assume you reside in US. I would like to point out a few inaccuracies regarding the immigration process here, speaking from personal experience.

First of all, once he is in - he is in. Theoretically he could head different direction right after reaching the US airport. I don't consider it a higher path, but there is tons of immigrants who remain in US on expired visas, manage to find jobs and make a decent living at that. Various ethnic groups have networks and ways to maneuver around the immigration laws.

Prenup agreements don't trump the official statements required by Immigration Office. You will have to sign an Affidavit of Support, which verifies your ability to cover all expenses of your dependent spouse. That includes medical bills which are impossible to predict. Be aware he won't be allowed to get a legal job for a while.

You will be required two interviews within first two years of his stay here (or longer, depending how fast you apply). In order to pass the interviews, you will need to submit many documents proving joint ownership, such as cars, utility bills, credit cards, bank accounts, taxes.

He will be given a temporary green card and a work permit after the first interview. He will be granted a permanent green card after the second interview, where you prove to have remained married. Based on permanent status he will be allowed to apply for citizenship. If still married - 2 years later, if not - 5 years later. Divorce has nothing to do with his right to remain here. Criminal record might.

I hope that helps. There is plenty of material available online. Please know your obligations...

Best,
Shömi

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