The majority of immigrants file for Permanent Resident status (a Green Card) by claiming to be legally related a U.S. Citizen or another Permanent Resident. Usually, this relationship is marriage. If you get divorced, you may lose your status in the United States.
Here’s a list of ways to protect your immigration status if you get divorced:
First, determine what category you fall under:
- I am the spouse of a U.S. Citizen/ Permanent Resident, and we are getting a divorce because they abuse me, AND I do not have a current pending immigration case.
- I am the spouse of a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, but my spouse died in the last 2 years.
- I am the spouse of a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and I have a temporary conditional green card, but my marriage isn’t working out.
- I am/have been the victim of an extreme crime and removal to my country of origin would pose unusual or severe harm.
- None of the above. I am without status in the U.S. and am getting a divorce from my U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident spouse before filing for any immigration benefits.
If you fit in categories 1-4, YOU HAVE OPTIONS. Follow the link to learn more and contact an immigration lawyer to explore them as soon as you can!
Unfortunately, if you fall into category 5, you may find yourself in a situation where you will be required to leave the country and return to your country of origin.
DON’T WAIT. Take care of filing for your immigration status as soon as you get married. It is easy to fall into a comfort zone when you get married but unfortunately not all marriages last forever. Make sure you take advantage of the benefits you qualify for through the U.S. immigration system as soon as you can!
If you would like to explore what options you have, call Held Law Firm today and ask to set up a FREE thirty-minute consultation. Our team is built to handle your family law and immigration needs with efficiency, care, and compassion.