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Thread: legal questions regarding immigrant rights & obligations

  1. #1
    Guest
    I married a USC 7 months ago. let's ake clear that our marriage was in good faith.(we lived together for around 2 years before gettting married). Applied for AOS 2002. Waiting for EAD and approval of I-130.
    The problem is that my spouse insists on treating economical issues as if we were not legally married, just because I don't have my immigrant status adjusted yet.
    He refuses to share the expenses of immigration fees or any other fees related to my immigration process.
    before we got married, he made me believe that he was going to help me with the expenses, but he changed his mind and claims that that I shouldn't expect him to pay for "my" expenses.
    I understand that my duties as his wife in this country(as an immigrant in process of legalization) is to do the housewife work. The problem is, though, he sort of black-mails me and demands that I help him with his job. It's hard work and, besides not getting paid for it, I'm getting sick as a result of the type of job I do.
    He gets the pay check and keeps all the money.
    I've complained about that, but his reactions is of agression and threatens to divorce me.(. He refuses to talk about it and just brags I don't have any rights in HIS money. He claims he can do whatever he wants with it or give it to whoever he wishes to.
    Is it the way marriage laws work in California?
    I mean, as the wife of a USC going through immigration process, my rights are restricted to silently submit to my spouse's rules?

    Do I have any rights? At least to get to know about how and where he applies the money he earns, to which I've contributed by working for him?

    As my sponsor, shouldn't he be responsible to providing economical support to his wife while I wait for my EAD?

    Something sounds very odd in this type of behavior!!!

  2. #2
    Guest
    I married a USC 7 months ago. let's ake clear that our marriage was in good faith.(we lived together for around 2 years before gettting married). Applied for AOS 2002. Waiting for EAD and approval of I-130.
    The problem is that my spouse insists on treating economical issues as if we were not legally married, just because I don't have my immigrant status adjusted yet.
    He refuses to share the expenses of immigration fees or any other fees related to my immigration process.
    before we got married, he made me believe that he was going to help me with the expenses, but he changed his mind and claims that that I shouldn't expect him to pay for "my" expenses.
    I understand that my duties as his wife in this country(as an immigrant in process of legalization) is to do the housewife work. The problem is, though, he sort of black-mails me and demands that I help him with his job. It's hard work and, besides not getting paid for it, I'm getting sick as a result of the type of job I do.
    He gets the pay check and keeps all the money.
    I've complained about that, but his reactions is of agression and threatens to divorce me.(. He refuses to talk about it and just brags I don't have any rights in HIS money. He claims he can do whatever he wants with it or give it to whoever he wishes to.
    Is it the way marriage laws work in California?
    I mean, as the wife of a USC going through immigration process, my rights are restricted to silently submit to my spouse's rules?

    Do I have any rights? At least to get to know about how and where he applies the money he earns, to which I've contributed by working for him?

    As my sponsor, shouldn't he be responsible to providing economical support to his wife while I wait for my EAD?

    Something sounds very odd in this type of behavior!!!

  3. #3
    Guest
    I am very sorry to hear your situation with your husband. I don't know anything about California Family Law, but if there's abuse (which includes emotional and pschycological abuse), there may be a way for you file abused spouse self petition. The legal standards and the evidence requirments are quite high. You should contact the national Immigration Project. Their website is Nationalimmigrationproject.org. Write to them and they can access your options in more detail and guide you better through the process. Good Luck!

  4. #4
    Guest
    Thank you, Jesse.
    I'll write to that site you suggested.
    Unfortunately, things got even harder for me these last days.
    The psychological abuse I've been submmited to has come to almost unbearable levels.
    I haven't received my EAD yet. I need it desperately to get a job that provides me some money to pay for my expenses. The way things go,it's likely that I'll need a good lawyer to help me.
    My spouse's behavior has worsen. He's being doing deplorable things like telling my relatives and friends that I forced him to marry me(God forgive him!), he has also been threatening not to include my name in his income tax(as his dependant) if I don't pay for the IRS fee he is supposed to pay.
    Actually, he wanted to keep on filing conjointly with his ex-wife(this way he would continue receiving some money from the tax return).
    But he was advised by an immigration lawyer that if he did that, I would not immigrate, and that he should include his present wife's name in his income tax, and he should also increase the amount of his income declaration to the minimum amount required by BCIS to be able to sponsor a relative alien.
    Against his will, he agreed to do that, but now he accuses me of forcing him to take out his ex-wife's name from his income tax, and include my name, instead (he complains that he has lost money in this change and he wants me to provide for this loss).

    How can I, if I'm not supposed to legally work before I get an employment authorization.

    Since I don't have a social security number yet, he applied for an extension, and although part of the income tax fee has already been paid, he has not filed it yet(it should be filed by august).

    Now he's started threatening me of not including my name as his dependant, and he's totally aware of the negative consequences this decision can have on my immigration process.

    What happens if he does that, I mean, if he does not add my name in last year's income tax. Will I still be elegible for a green card?

    How can I (legally) solve this problem?

    I appreciate your help and advice.

    God Bless You!

  5. #5
    Guest
    IT SEEMS THAT YOU REALLY NEED IMMEDIATE LEGAL HELP. YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE WEBSITE WHAT JESSE HAS MENTIONED AND CAN ALSO CONTACT-SAMMY AT HIS WEBSITE-SAMMY7258@MSN.COM. I GOT HIS WEBSITE ADDRESS FROM ONE OF HIS POST ON THIS BOARD, AND I BELIEVE HE WORKS ON PROBONO BASIS, AS HE HAS GIVEN THE DETAILED EXPLAINATION IN THE CASES LIKE YOURS. I AM REALLY SORRY FOR YOUR SITUATION. GOD BLESS YOU !

  6. #6
    Guest
    Your husband has no right to treat you like that. It sounds like he is using the whole immigration situation as a way to manipulate you. I don't know much about it, but I think there is away that you can self-petition as the battered spouse of a USC. I would look into it if I were you.
    It makes me mad to hear that he is telling everyone that you "forced" him to marry you. If he was living with you for two years and getting sex and housework from you, than it was only fair that he finally married you. I really hope that your situation improves. I'll keep you in my prayers.

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