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If you are granted a green card based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, and your marriage is less than two years old, your green card will be conditional for two years after issuance. In order to obtain an unconditional 10-year green card, you must file an application either jointly with your spouse or individually if you are no longer married for legitimate reasons. The conditional period is intended to deter sham marriages made primarily to obtain immigration benefits. This gives U.S. immigration authorities more opportunity to confirm that your marriage was entered into in good faith.
How to Prove You Married in Good Faith
As part of your green card application, both you and your spouse may be questioned in depth by a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) official. You must convince the USCIS interviewer that you entered into the marriage in good faith, intending to live as husband and wife, and not just for immigration purposes.
To differentiate a sham marriage from a marriage made in good in faith, USCIS interviewers consider a long list of factors. You can expect to be questioned about these indicators:
If you are facing deportation proceedings because you are not a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S., you may be eligible for cancellation of removal. However, you will have to convince an immigration judge that your deportation would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to a qualifying relative, defined as your LPR or U.S.-citizen spouse, parent, or unmarried child under age 21. This is a very difficult standard to meet. The assistance of an experienced immigration attorney is highly recommended in order to present your arguments in the most persuasive manner.
The immigration judge will make the exceptional and extremely unusual hardship decision not based on any one factor but rather based on the totality of the evidence. As you will see, it is generally easier to prove that your removal will create exceptional hardship for a child who was born in the U.S. than for a parent who grew up abroad or a self-sufficient adult spouse.
Factors that Add Up to Exceptional and Unusual Hardship
You will want to use as many of these factors as possible to make your case for exceptional hardship: