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Green cards are automatically given to immediate family members, including spouses. There are no limits or quotas on these types of green cards.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service will not recognize marriages if a couple was married only to get a green card. Those who attempt to get married for the sole reason of obtaining a green card risk getting permanently barred from becoming a permanent resident.

There are several ways to prove a “real marriage.” These include joint leases or mortgages, photographs of weddings or receptions, letters addresses to both parties at the same address, joint health insurance policies, joint tax returns, credit cards, or utility bills.

The INS will conduct a marriage fraud interview to verify the marriage is real.


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