Happily ever after isn’t always so simple for foreigners in the United States with complicated immigration histories who marry US citizens.
Details such as how they arrived in the US or how long they’ve been there can mean the difference between starting a life with their new family and immigration laws not allowing them to stay.
Take Leo and Corin, for example. Leo is from Brazil and Corin is a US citizen. They met, fell in love and got married in the United States, but Leo had entered the country “‘without inspection’ – in other words, through Mexico – less than 10 years ago and accrued almost 6 years of ‘unlawful presence,’” as Corin writes in her blog Corin in Exile. (more…)