If you are a foreign national who is seeking a divorce in Connecticut, your immigration status could be greatly affected as a result of your dissolution of marriage. Depending on the circumstances, a divorce can potentially impact your right to work, study, or live in the United States.
In order to determine what impact your divorce will have on your immigration status, you must answer the following questions:
- Is your spouse a United States citizen?
- Were you married longer than two years?
- Did you petition with the INS for permanent residence before your second anniversary?
- Based on your marriage, has your resident status been approved?
If you are able to answer “yes” to all of the above, there is a good chance that your resident status will remain valid after your divorce. In most scenarios, if a person’s green card has already been processed but they have not received it yet, their divorce will not have an effect on their residency status. These guidelines are not absolute, however, as there are always circumstances that can negate these rules. In particularly contentious divorces, some spouses have been known to contact the INS and request deportation of their immigrant spouse.
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If you are considering a divorce, it is imperative that you seek the premier legal services of Goldblatt, Marquette & Rashba, PC to avoid making a decision that can negatively impact your future. Our skilled divorce attorneys proudly serve clients throughout both Hamden and New Haven, and we are ready to use our 60+ years of experience to guide you towards the most desirable solution for your unique situation.