Fake Marriages in Portland Immigration Scheme
A former state legislator from Portland could spend up to ten years in federal prison and face $250,000 in fines for two charges of aiding and abetting visa fraud. He might also face another five years and another $250,000 in fines for aiding and abetting marriage fraud as well as for lying to a government agency. Quite the hefty punishment, but it shows that government officials don’t mess around.
Eastern European Women
The state senator, Adam Mack, pled guilty for his part in an immigration plot that helped women from Russia and Ukraine to stay in the United States through fake weddings. Such weddings, also called green-card weddings, are used to try to skirt around immigration restrictions and quotas. They are also a very bad idea, and the government takes such fraud seriously.
So if your Portland immigration attorney, or your attorney located somewhere else, suggests such an option, then you should really look for a new immigration attorney. Federal officials take the spousal provision in immigration proceedings very seriously, and if they find out that the marriage is simply motivated by an effort to get around immigration laws, then they will come down hard and fast.
According to the court case, Mack helped the women obtain visas and arrange their weddings. Mack helped coach one of the couples as they got ready for their interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The plot all fell apart however when Christopher Segal, the “husband” in the relationship cracked during the interview process and admitted that the marriage was specious in intent.1
Interview with USCIS
The interview process with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is a very intense affair, with wide-ranging questions testing how well couples know each other. They could ask you about the color of your spouse’s toothbrush, how you met, and what your plans are for the future. In short, there are innumerable ways in which you can mess up if you’re trying to cheat the process.
So, beware of immigration lawyers offering fake marriages that seem like they can solve all your immigration woes. It’s best to do all you can to cross all your t’s and dot all your i’s. Immigration law can be a tricky process, and the last thing you want to do is end up on the wrong side of the law by doing something illegal and incredibly stupid. So make sure that before you say “I do,” make sure it’s for the right reasons. And that’s advice that extends far beyond intricacies of immigration law.