What if an illegal marries a US citizen?

What if an illegal marries a US citizen?

Marrying an American citizen is one of the only ways an immigrant living in the U.S. without status can get lawful permanent residency. Before this year, immigration officers would generally leave people on that path to a green card — as long as they didn't have a criminal record.

Can I get a green card if I entered illegally?

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Illegal Entry If you entered the United States illegally (as opposed to overstaying), you cannot apply for a green card from inside the United States.

Can you adjust status if you entered illegally?

Even someone already living in the U.S. cannot count on being able to apply for a green card from within the U.S., through the process known as "adjustment of status" (8 U.S.C. The key to whether someone can adjust status is, in most cases, whether he or she entered the United States legally or illegally.

Are you automatically a US citizen if you marry one?

If you marry a U.S, citizen, you won't be eligible for U.S. citizenship right away. But you might become eligible for a U.S. green card, which can lead to U.S. citizenship. If you marry a U.S, citizen, you won't be eligible for U.S. citizenship right away.