Green card marriages are not always what people dream about when they ponder a romantic life event. However,  the truth is, there are people from all over the globe who fall in love. It’s just that sometimes they aren’t always from the same country. And in some cases, one of the “fallers” is from the United States and they want to live in the United States to be with them, and this is where a green card marriage makes this relationship possible.

Basically, a green card marriage is for people who desire to spend their lives with each other as husband and wife in the United States. Green card marriages happen quite often. That being said, it is also true that green card marriages may have a stigma attached to them.

A green card marriage may be just as real as any other United States citizen’s marriage. The only difference being a piece of paper that allows a man or women to become a spouse to a United States citizen. We often see TV shows and movies portraying numerous stereotypes of non-U.S. citizens marrying into citizenship through finding a helpful United States citizen willing to help them out with entering the United States. What is important to realize about these types of shows is that they are fictional.

Every single day there is an abundance of people of all shapes, sizes, races, and cultures from different “worlds” that meet, and it becomes more than simple acquaintance or friendship. Just because they are from different countries does not mean they can’t become man and wife.

Three helpful ways to take the stigma out of a green card marriage are:

Prepare for the interview.

If you haven’t had your interview with from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (or USCIS) yet, it will be very helpful for you to make sure that you both dress formally and present yourselves to the best of your ability in a happy, relaxed, but also professional manner.

Get to know the family of your American spouse.

Aside from the green card through marriage interview requiring you or your spouse to know the American family (at least by name), it also helps with building a good support system and removes some of the stigma if you or your spouse are on friendly terms with the American family.

Be open and patient.

Don’t hide behind any stigmas and be afraid to simply be together. Go ahead and hold hands, show affection for each other, and let the world see your happiness together. Happy people are infectious; if you radiate your happiness to the world around you, any stigma will likely fall away.

You don’t have to find answers about green card marriages on your own, call (404) 892-8300 to contact the Lee Law Firm now, and get help.