Ep. 7 Consequences of Getting Into a Sham/Paid Marriage

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Introduction: You ask we answer your immigration questions. Simple. And now your host immigration lawyer Jacob Sapochnick.

Jacob: This question is actually coming from San Diego, California and Roberta is asking what is the penalty, what are the consequences of a US citizen who marries a foreign national if it’s a sham marriage? If the four national pays the US citizen to get married.

Well Roberta, this is a very complex area of law. Immigration, especially in the past couple of years, I’ve been fighting sham marriages vigorously. A US citizen who is caught or determine that they married a foreign national for the sole purpose to evade immigration can be penalized, very high fines, up to half a million dollars and actually end up in prison. If they actually prove that the case was deliberately designed to evade immigration consequences.

We never encourage anybody to get into a sham marriage. Those are very, very severe consequences. If such case actually is determined to be a sham marriage … There’s a lot of confusion out there people are … they assume that it’s really question of just providing some paperwork, a few documents of join marriage. Immigration … the immigration service, they’re actually going to a lot of efforts to detect a forge on marriages and they their own ways to do so.

To answer your question, you can go to prison or actually end up paying a very high fine if that is the path you decide to go.

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