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Do I need separate or joint bank accounts to file US immigration papers – Immigration Advice

Immigration Advice - Seperate or Joint Bank Accounts

Question:  My Jamaican husband and I have been married for 6 months and I am getting ready to file the immigration papers. Is it necessary to show separate bank or joint account to proof that our marriage is real?

Answer:  Sponsoring your spouse to become a permanent resident of the United States is called family immigration. In family immigration matters the couple must prove that the foreign spouse is eligible to apply for permanent residence either in the United States or overseas, the couple has a genuine husband/wife relationship, and the foreign spouse does not have any past criminal or immigration violation that would disqualify him or her from begin approved for permanent residence. In cases where the American spouse is sponsoring the foreign spouse for permanent residence the details of the couple’s marriage and their financial life will be reviewed by Immigration. Immigration is assessing the couple based on the expectation that the average couple has at least a joint checking and joint saving account for their household expenses. However please note that joint bank accounts by themselves will not convince Immigration of the genuineness of the couple’s relationship. Immigration will review all the details of the couple’s life to determine if the couple has a genuine marriage as opposed to a marriage of convenience to obtain immigration benefits.

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Safiya Byars is the founder and senior partner of the Byars Firm in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a native of Kingston, Jamaica. The Byars Firm is located at 333 Sandy Springs Circle, NE, Ste. 201, Atlanta, Georgia 30328. Attorney Byars handles Immigration, Deportation Defense, Adoption, and Wills/Trusts/Probate matters. We can be reached at 470-819-4942 or via email at [email protected] or online:


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Safiya Byars, Esq

Safiya Byars is the founder and senior partner of the Byars Firm. Attorney Byars serves as the Chair of the Family Immigration Continuing Learning Education and the Vice-Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. She is a native of Kingston, Jamaica. The Byars firm is located at 3720 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Suite D2, Chamblee, Georgia 30341. The Byars Firm handles Immigration, Family, and Estate Planning matters. We can be reached at 678-736-5600 and email: [email protected].