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A citizenship application cannot be bought

Many immigrants arrive in Pennsylvania from other countries of origin after securing fiancee visas under the intentions of marrying U.S. citizens. This is a perfectly acceptable and legal means for obtaining legal residency in the United States. As with most immigration processes, however, there is always a chance that someone will attempt to corrupt the system or take advantage of an unsuspecting immigrant by offering to expedite a citizenship application or otherwise committing fraudulent acts.

A situation in another state has led to a man's criminal conviction. It is said that he entered a guilty plea regarding a fraudulent marriage scheme where he paid women to pose as potential wives for immigrants wishing to marry U.S. citizens. The man apparently arranged an entire setup where he would get immigrants to pay him to help them gain citizenship.

The business unraveled when federal immigration officials got wind of the fraudulent scheme. They enlisted the efforts of several individuals to pose as prospective spouses who would be willing to marry immigrants for pay. The government even created a wedding location, as well as an official to conduct wedding services. At some point, the sting was revealed and several arrests were made, thus leading to the man who spearheaded the operation's conviction.

Many immigrants are not fully aware of the laws pertaining to visas or citizenship application. It has happened in the past that people with fraudulent intent convince unsuspecting immigrants that their services are legitimate and that by paying them, they can expedite certain immigration processes and help immigrants obtain legal residency statuses. This, of course, is misguided information since citizenship is never for sale. Any immigrant in Pennsylvania with these or other immigration law concerns can seek help from an experienced immigration and naturalization law attorney.

Source:, "Fake wedding sting used in immigration fraud case", Gary Craig, Oct 16, 2017

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