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Will divorce soon after ROC raise questions for naturalization? (Split)

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Guys,

I have a question. I recently got the ROC approved. However my wife and I have some differences. For a bunch of reasons, including financial - it costs (read IRS) more to stay married - we may decide to separate, at least on paper. I am ok waiting for 5 years for citizenship, but would a divorce soon after ROC raise questions? Would they require additional proof of bonafide marriage that time? If yes, what can I provide since there wouldn't be much additional docs? Any other considerations?

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Guys,

I have a question. I recently got the ROC approved. However my wife and I have some differences. For a bunch of reasons, including financial - it costs (read IRS) more to stay married - we may decide to separate, at least on paper. I am ok waiting for 5 years for citizenship, but would a divorce soon after ROC raise questions? Would they require additional proof of bonafide marriage that time? If yes, what can I provide since there wouldn't be much additional docs? Any other considerations?

if i were you i wouldnt submit any divorce papers before getting the GC, it will raise questions when you apply for citizenship.

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Well the marriage is obviously bonafide and real. What kinda questions / evidence they might ask at that time? Ironically, some tax consultants these days advise to get divorced and continue being together.

I read on this forum that some people were comtemplating waiting for 5 years anyway so they wouldnt need to furnish loads of marriage docs again, so I assumed that was a much simpler process.

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The marriage is obviously bonafide to you...you know your case best but not to the stranger IO who will review your case. Again depending on the IO you get, you may be asked minimal questions to possibly more grilling questions like the kind you were asked in AOS. A tax consultant and immigration officer are two very different people who have very different perspectives on staying married. You're comparing apples and oranges. Waiting 5 years for naturalization is definitely less paperwork for applicants but the complication may arise for an applicant like you who divorced right after getting the ten year green card. Again, it totally depends on who you get as your IO. Good luck!

~I'm moving your topic to the naturalization sub-forum so that someone else who has already gone through your predicament may be able to advise you from their experience.~

VJ Moderation

Thanks. I wasn't comparing tax and immigration counsel, rather just sharing our reasons for considering that option.

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The marriage is obviously bonafide to you...you know your case best but not to the stranger IO who will review your case. Again depending on the IO you get, you may be asked minimal questions to possibly more grilling questions like the kind you were asked in AOS. A tax consultant and immigration officer are two very different people who have very different perspectives on staying married. You're comparing apples and oranges. Waiting 5 years for naturalization is definitely less paperwork for applicants but the complication may arise for an applicant like you who divorced right after getting the ten year green card. Again, it totally depends on who you get as your IO. Good luck!

~I'm moving your topic to the naturalization sub-forum so that someone else who has already gone through your predicament may be able to advise you from their experience.~

VJ Moderation

Can you please send me a link to where you moved my topic to? I couldn't find it

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Potential for additional scrutiny to determine bonafide marriage.

I am not certain how would you structure your response....bonafied marriage, legally divorced etc. to beat IRS i.e. to reduce tax burden.

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