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There are a number of documents that can prove that a marriage is genuine. Here are some of these:

  • Birth certificate of the children that the couple has in common – in cases of pregnancy: paternity tests.  
  • Letters or postcards sent from family and friends to the couple.
  • Proof of lease or mortgage purchase to show that the couple has bought property or lives together.
  • Retirement contract.
  • Bank statements and credit cards shared by the couple.
  • Photos of the couple’s wedding, parties, holidays, etc. In the photos should also appear family and friends.
  • Bills from plane tickets, hotels, restaurants, etc. showing that during the months that you were separated, you saw each other.
  • Bills from gifts, such as the typical engagement ring.
  • Phone bills and even copies of e-mails or other communication.

Understanding This List

It is important to understand that these documents are not necessary. You should not present too many of them, because instead of being a positive thing, they may cause suspicion, since almost all couples who have married for convenience tend to follow these instructions.

What Happens When True Marriage Is Not Enough to Get the Green Card?

It is almost never a problem, unless it is a case of undocumented immigrants, such as:

  • Undocumented immigrants who crossed the border illegally and married a citizen.
  • Illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. legally and married a citizen, but now appear as “undocumented”, because they did not leave the United States when they had to.
  • Illegal immigrants who married a resident.
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