Immigration LOVES to catch a cheater.
Immigration officers have been trained to spot phony marriages. If they conclude your marriage was not for love, your chances of ever getting permanent residence in the United States is VERY LOW.
But even real marriages can be caught up in USCIS' dragnet.
DON'T CHANCE IT. A skilled attorney can help you present your unique situation to USCIS. Every situation is unique. Marriages come in all shapes and sizes. By law, USCIS has to look at many factors - not just whether you have a joint bank account, or do your taxes together.
When USICS suspects a marriage is fraudulent, they will separate the spouses and ask many, many questions that are both intrusive and detailed. Not doing well on a bad marriage fraud interview can get your case denied, but in some cases, interviews go so poorly, USCIS will ask one spouse to write a written statement or confession against the other (usually the immigrant) spouse or withdraw the petition. The US Citizen spouse is often intimidated by threats of jail and fines (marriage fraud is punishable by up to 5 years in jail.) If this is done, the immigrant could be PERMANENTLY barred from getting a visa approved. This is serious!
So how can a lawyer help you? Firstly, if you have a fraudulent marriage, STOP!!! You will do more harm than good if you are caught.
The right attorney will help USCIS see that every marriage is unique and not every situation is a "textbook" situation that USCIS often wants to see.
Hiring a lawyer will also save you money. I've come across too many cases where people went without an attorney, had a problem, and spend tens of thousands of dollars to fix it. Do it right the first time. Contact us for a consultation.