U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have seen an influx of applications filed by immigrants across Illinois, Wisconsin and the United States who were seeking citizenship within the last year, and the reason for the increase may be two-fold. According to CNBC, part of the uptick may be attributed to the upcoming inauguration of a president who made no secret of his plans to take a hard line on immigration. Part of the increase, too, may be attributed to the fact that the fees associated with doing so increased considerably as of Dec. 23, 2016.
President-Elect Donald Trump made no secret throughout his campaign of his intent to take a hard line against immigration. However, The New York Timesreports that the subject matter of a recent call with the mayor of Chicago, Illinois, and comments Trump made recently suggest that he may, at least to some extent, be changing his tune.
A core requirement of a marriage-based green card process is to prove a bona fide relationship. For the purpose of U.S. immigration law, it means that the couple got married with genuine intent of being united in marriage. A sham marriage that circumvents immigration laws for the purpose of falsely acquiring immigration benefits is not valid for immigration purposes.