Immigration Issues/cancel petition


I am a us citizen.I got married in the dominican republic in 1997. The INS said the marriage was not valid, but said I could appeal.I have two children with another US Citizen ,the woman I want to marry now. Do I need to get a divorce? If so, how can I when I live in the US? Can I cancel the case?  

Probably.  Just because the US Immigration refuses to acknowledge the marriage as valid for immigration purposes, that does not mean the marriage is void. If you have a legal marriage on the books, you cannot get married again until that marriage is terminated, either by death or by divorce.

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Alexander J. Hay


I am a U.S. lawyer with offices in Houston, Texas and in Belize. I can answer questions on U.S. Immigration, U.S. corporate law, and Offshore Tax and Asset Planning.
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