The idea of the American dream is something that millions of people aspire to, including countless people from other countries who hope to make it to America to build a better life. There are many ways that immigrants can relocate to Los Angeles and other parts of the country, including arriving on a work visa or obtaining their green card. These avenues are accessible and legal to many people; however, some foreigners may use other means of getting into the country that are less than legal.
One of these methods is by getting married to a United States citizen under false pretenses. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a legal citizen and an immigrant must be living in a real marital relationship with a genuine interest in building a life together, otherwise the marriage may be considered fraudulent. A fraudulent marriage can occur under any of the following conditions:
- The immigrant pays or solicits help from a U.S. citizen to be get married in order to remain in the country.
- A U.S. citizen participates in a “mail-order” marriage situation.
- An immigrant leads a U.S. citizen to believe the marriage is real, until the period of time passes for gaining a green card or other legal documentation and the immigrant files for divorce.