As a foreigner in Michigan, you need to maneuver your way around the immigration laws of America cautiously. They are quite complicated and may get you on the wrong side of the law if you are not aware of them. One such legislation is that which governs marriage and divorce with immigrants.

If you want to dissolve your marriage by divorce, yet you possess the visa that is eligible only by marriage, your immigration status may be under threat. By divorcing your spouse, yet he is the one that petitioned a migratory visa for you, your divorce may become the stumbling block to you living in the U.S.

Similarly, if your spouse is also an Immigrant living in the U.S on a work visa, and your visa is a derivative application based on their visa, your ability to live legally in the U.S. is affected by your divorce. If you, however, live separately without divorcing, you may continue to live in the United States without worry since the law still views you as married. You may, however, capture the interest of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) if you and your spouse stay separately, especially if your marriage has only been for a short time.

Divorce will not affect your immigration status only after you have obtained full permanent residence. At this stage, it will only cause a delay in receiving citizenship. Usually, when you are a permanent resident in the U.S. and are married to a U.S. citizen, it will take three years before you can get your citizenship. But if you divorce before you get to do your citizenship exam, you may have to wait for five years before you may apply for citizenship.

This information is only for educative purposes. It is not legal advice.