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Marrying a U.S. citizen does not automatically grant citizenship

When a person finds the love of his or her life, that individual is not always from the same country. As a result, there may be many hoops to jump through in order to legally marry, if that is the path the couple wishes to take. Some people may think that marrying a United States citizen automatically gives one citizenship status. However, that is not the case.

California residents may be interested in one case in which a woman from Russia is facing deportation from the United States. Reports indicated that the woman has been in the country for approximately 15 years, and she is married to a U.S. citizen. It was also noted that the couple have three children, who are also citizens. However, the woman's marrying of the man did not grant her citizenship, and now she is facing the possibility of having to leave the country.

Many people may believe the misconception that having a citizen spouse will grant an immigrant citizenship protections as well. In reality, individuals will still need to go through certain processes, including applying for citizenship, in order to work toward that goal. The woman had apparently been given the option to leave the country voluntarily, but she did not. As a result, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement considers her a fugitive.

Though many people want to one day become a United States citizen, if they do not have the right information, they may never reach this goal. Working toward citizenship is a complex process, and having the correct facts is only one small part to consider. Therefore, individuals hoping to achieve this goal may wish to consult with knowledgeable California attorneys in order to obtain reliable information and assistance.

Source: wwlp.com, "Russian woman facing deportation married to a U.S. citizen", Tashanea Whitlow, April 11, 2018

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