What is a Sham Marriage?

Posted on June 06, 2019 by Kathryn N. Karam

As an Immigration Lawyer in Houston, I sometimes get asked, What is a Sham Marriage? Sham marriages are a way people avoid complying with immigration laws. A few years ago, sham marriages came into the spotlight with a hit movie, The Proposal, in which the two main characters conspire to enter into a sham marriage for the purpose of tricking immigration authorities. However, it isn’t just a movie plot – sham marriages occur in everyday life, too. They don’t always end up with the two people falling in love, like in the movie. And they don’t always have a happy ending, where everyone can just move on with their lives.

Can I Apply for a Marriage-Based Green Card in the US?

Posted on August 31, 2018 by Kathryn N. Karam

 

You may be wondering, can I apply for a marriage-based green card in the US? If a person who is not a citizen or a lawful permanent resident marries a citizen, he or she has the same legal status as before. However, that person then becomes eligible to immediately seek to become a lawful permanent resident. As a permanent resident, that person will have most of the rights and privileges of a U.S. citizen, and will be eligible for naturalization after five years.

Kathryn Karam on "The Love & Law" in Lebanon Times Magazine

Posted on February 06, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

Houston immigration lawyer Kathryn Karam provides her thoughts on Love and Law in this month's issue of Lebanon Times Magazine.

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