Yes, a U.S. Citizen can legally marry an illegal alien in the United States. There is nothing stopping them from doing so. It is possible for an illegal alien to obtain legal U.S. Status through this marriage, however here are a number of factors that will affect the outcome.
One of these factors is the past immigration history of the illegal person. Factors such as how this person originally entered the United States combined with additional factors such as if there has ever been any paperwork filed on their behalf.
If the person entered the country illegally, such as without a valid visa, then his or her status opportunities will be severely limited. If the person entered the country legally but has overstayed their visa, then this presents an entirely different situation. However, it is worth noting that just because someone has married a legal U.S. Citizen does not automatically grant him or her U.S. Citizenship, nor does it make him or her a legal resident of the United States.
Marriage does not automatically produce a green card, which is permanent U.S. Residence status. Aliens who have entered the country illegally will have the most difficulty claiming such status. If an illegal person has spent more than six months in the U.S. After an illegal entry, their penalty is three years outside the U.S. Aliens who have entered legally will not have this problem.
It is extremely important to consult with a licensed United States immigration attorney before doing anything. Seeking professional advice is always the best start. There are a number of sites where additional information can be obtained on this subject. A good website to check for this information is US Immigration Lawyers.com. Here you will find the answers to many of in-depth questions that you may be concerned about.
Whoever said you can not or that you have to leave the country is full of it, it is only true if you came to US illegally but if you came here legally and just overstayed your permitted visa period then you have no problem, get married with a US citizen, prove that you married for love and get your green card in about 3 to 8 months. I went through it myself so it is not that I heard it from someone else. Enjoy being here...
You can marry an illegal alien in the U.S. But this will not change their immigration status. In other words, they he/she will still be illegal. When you petition for your spouse, the form (I-130) will be denied because he/she snuck in illegally to marry you. So the best way to do this is to apply for a fiance visa using (I-129 FORM) $340 FEE. Once issued, the fiancé(e) visa (or K-1 nonimmigrant visa) allows your fiancé(e) to enter the United States for 90 days so that your marriage ceremony can take place. Once you marry, your spouse may apply for permanent residence and remain in the United States while USCIS processes the application.
Yes you can marry them legally. Everything about your marriage will be legal but like wordy said, that doesn't mean your other half will be a citizen automatically. The laws keep on changing and I think they wound have to wait for several years before they can get their green card then go for an interview for their citizenship.
I you marry an illegal alien, the person will have to leave the country for period of time because the person has not been "inspected" by immigration. I have heard individuals being out of the U.S. For months or even years. You need to hire a good immigration atty. In my state (CA), the State Bar maintains a list of attys who are certified, by the State Bar, specialist in immigration law. I would suggest that you only deal with an atty who so certified.
I'm pretty sure that an illegal alien can marry a US citizen, or else those who obtained their green card via that route would not have been able to do so at all that way. I am aware also, that the US citizen must file for the alien's permanent residence. If a marriage occurs and no filing of papers are done, the alien still remains illegal. Of course, the US Immigration and Naturalization service is the best "person" to verify all this information. Laws do changes constantly.
Jeez people, The only way an illegal can marry a citizen legally is to not be here when they file the proper papers. Making them not illegal. This is a very tricky situation for someone who has been here illegally for sometime. You have to get out of the country and reenter. You apply for and usually obtain a temporary visa. Once they do that there is a lengthy process towards getting their citizenship. Just getting married doesn't cut it either. That is a myth. If you're caught using the marriage clause purely for naturalization you are in deep doggy doo doo, both parties. Once you're deemed illegal you are illegal. Federal and State laws are different. The state has absolutely nothing to do with your committed felony by your being illegal. If you would like to report federal criminals contact your local Homeland Security office and speak with ICE.
If a person without papers married a US citizen, that person need to go back to his or her country, once is there, the US citizen can apply for a fiance visa, (3 months for processing), then they have 90 days to get married once she or he arrive to USA, she or he will get a work permit and in 1 year he or she will became resident and after 3 years of marriage American citizen.
There is one exception to avoid going back to his country: If he or she arrived to USA with passport or there is a petition pending supported by the law 245 I filled years ago.
Why don't you write to the department of naturalization and ask them They would be more qualified to answer that question than anyone else.
Further, an illegal alien has broken the American law system. There are people who have studied and worked their butts of to become American citizens. People like you are adding to the problem.
I have no pitty for people who come to the us illegally. I came here legally and waited ten years. My family has waited 20 years to come here legally. The illegals are ruining the economy by dwindling our resources.