- Those who obtained the green card this way will pay it dearly.
- People have been charged with “marriage fraud.”
- Immigrants are now out on bail.
These are the consequences of getting married just to get the Green Card. Immigrants now face 10 years in prison and a costly fine for “marriage fraud” if it is discovered that they used a law to obtain their papers.
An immigration consultancy in Florida is involved in the crime of “marriage fraud” for using the Cuban Adjustment Act with five Cuban women and five Italian men to facilitate access to the Green Card that allows them to work and live in the United States.
Serious consequences of getting married to obtain the Green Card
Up to 10 years in prison and $ 250,000 for making an “improper use” of the aforementioned law, according to The NY Journal. Yamira Sánchez, a Miami resident, is accused “of helping foreign men to fraudulently obtain their residence cards from the United States,” according to a release from the prosecution office in South Florida.
The woman did so “through the intermediation of their marriages with women born in Cuba who live in South Florida as citizens of the United States or permanent legal residents,” according to the aforementioned statement.
‘Negotiated’ marriages will have serious consequences for those who want the green card
“These negotiated marriages allowed foreign men to take advantage of accelerated immigration benefits under the Cuban Adjustment Act,” says the prosecution’s announcement. The woman in charge of the transactions is also charged with “five counts of illegally encouraging a foreigner to reside in the United States ”.
Immigration Consultant and Immigration Corp is the company that “offered immigration applications and other services to the public” and which is now accused of marriage fraud since some of its services were fraudulent.
Hispanic faces the consequences of arranging marriages to obtain a green card
The Hispanic woman in charge of the company and her co-conspirators performed fraudulent marriages through agreements with the five men from Italy with five women who were born in Cuba but have immigrated to the United States and obtained legal status.
It was the “Cuban Adjustment Law” that allowed them to obtain immigration benefits for their alleged husbands. These benefits consisted of granting the majority of those involved legal permanent residence or green cards immediately.
Cuban women were recruited for fraud
The women were recruited by Yamira Sánchez and received thousands of dollars to marry Italian immigrants without even knowing them and in this way request the US government for immigration benefits for their alleged husbands.
“This allowed the men to permanently reside and work legally in the United States. It was Sánchez, through his company, who prepared, notarized and presented the marriage and immigration procedures necessary to ensure immigration benefits for Italians, ”the article reads. release of the prosecution.
Accused of “illegally encouraging a foreigner residing in the United States”
Immigrants Gennaro di Tommaso, Massimillano di Napoli, Fernando Sivo, Alessio Sarno and Vincenzo Lopopolo have also been charged with conspiracy and marriage fraud, which could land them up to five years in prison and with a hefty fine.
Cuban women Yaneisi Osorio Rodríguez, Emily Pérez, Jaileen Domínguez, Elizabeth Penalver and Loi Torriente, in addition to conspiracy and marriage fraud, face a charge to “illegally encourage a foreigner residing in the United States.”
They got the green card almost immediately
The Acting Prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida, Juan Antonio González, along with Anthony Salisbury, agent of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in Miami, announced the charges against the immigrants.
While some seek to ‘speed up’ the procedure to obtain their papers, the USCIS has implemented various measures to make the applications of some easier and that they can obtain their green card from the US government.
USCIS extends term and will benefit immigrants
USCIS extends term that will benefit immigrants with green cards. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revealed on Friday that it would extend the deadline for submitting “receipt notices.”
“USCIS has extended the time that receipt notifications can be used to show evidence of status from 18 months to 24 months,” according to the statement. release. The measure applies “to the petitioners who properly present” the forms.
USCIS improves deadline for immigrants with green cards
The forms contemplated by the USCIS measure that increases the term for immigrants will be Form I-751, Petition to Eliminate Conditions of Residence, or Form I-829, Investor Petition to Eliminate Conditions on Permanent Resident Status.
The measure was implemented due to the delays that were presented in the applications last year. “We have made the change from 18 to 24 months to accommodate current Form I-751 and Form I-829 processing times, which have increased over the past year,” the agency said.
USCIS extends term and will benefit immigrants
“Conditional permanent residents who correctly file Form I-751 or Form I-829 will receive a receipt notification that they can submit with their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card, as evidence of the extension of their status.” the aforementioned statement points out.
This will allow you to extend the validity of the evidence “For up to 24 months after the expiration date of your permanent resident card, while your case remains pending with the USCIS,” according to information from the immigration agency.
Who are eligible?
The USCIS will also issue new receipt notifications for “eligible conditional permanent residents who correctly filed their Form I-751 or Form I-829 before September 4 and whose cases are still pending.”
“These receipt notifications will also serve as evidence of the extension of status for 24 months after the expiration date of your permanent resident card,” said the immigration agency in the aforementioned statement distributed on its official website.
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