not due to the fault of
the immigrant, the marriage split. It requires a lot of joint documentation of commingled assets and proof that the couple lived together for a significant amount of time. The problem arises due to the divorce decree which in some states can take 6 months to get at minimum! (CA, for instance).
If the divorce is not final or even filed at the time of 2 year green card’s impending expiration, the immigrant may be eligible for an extreme hardship waiver as well, where the amount of documentation proving a bona fide or good faith marriage is not crucial but can be much more difficult case to prove depending on numerous factors including the (1) the age of the immigrant, (2) length of stay in the US, (3) their home country, and other factors. Again, an immigrant in such a situation should always consult at least one competnent immigration attorney with experience in multiple kinds of waivers to see what option(s) are best.
Attorney Heather L. Poole practices exclusively in the area of U.S. family-based immigration law and citizenship law. Heather is a nationally-published immigration author, frequent lecturer on immigration issues, and member & officer of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Southern California Chapter. For more information about Heather and the services offered, visit www.humanrightsattorney.com
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Yes, the shorter the marriage is, the worse it looks on paper for a conditional green card holder. The whole point of having a conditional green card was congress was worried about sham marriages so there will be skepticism as to whether a short marriage was real to begin with if it breaks up especially in the first 6 months following the initial green card issuance. There’s no safe time or date to break up the marriage to protect the immigrant’s green card. Documentation and supportable facts can explain a short marriage and an immigrant may be eligible for a “good faith” marriage waiver (which requires a final divorce decree TO FILE the waiver in the first place). This requires that the marriage ws entered into in good faith by both parties, but due to reasons