The Importance of following the Immigration Laws

May 30, 2013 in Attorney Blog

Immigration lawPotential fiancee visa clients will frequently complain to me about the time and trouble involved in obtaining a fiancee visa. These complaints will often include references to all the illegal aliens currently living in the U.S. Sometimes people will ask me whether it is a good idea to simply smuggle their fiancee into the U.S. from Mexico.

It is a terrible idea to do anything other than petition for a fiancee visa. First, it is becoming ever more dangerous and difficult to live in the U.S. as an illegal alien. Some states are trying to criminalize unlawful presence in the U.S. and e-verify is making it very difficult for illegal aliens to find work.

The people who are currently living in the U.S. illegally do not generally have any path toward obtaining legal status. I personally have dealt with many illegal aliens who desperately wanted to obtain legal status. Unfortunately it is just not possible usually. In other words most illegal immigrants would obtain legal status if they could.

Your foreign fiancee on the other hand has a very well defined path to legal status: the fiancee visa. This visa enables your fiancee to enter the U.S. legally and ultimately obtain permanent legal status here. The fiancee visa is not really that difficult to obtain with the help of a good lawyer. Following the law is the best path for you and your fiancee.