“Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments of 1986”

Jurisdiction: United States United States

This is Pub. L. 99-639 (Act of 11/10/86), which was passed to deter immigration-related marriage fraud. Its major provision stipulates that noncitizens deriving their immigrant status based on a marriage of less than two years are conditional immigrants. To remove their conditional status they must apply at a USCIS office during the 90-day period before their second anniversary of receiving conditional status. If they cannot show their marriage was and is a valid one, we may terminate their conditional immigrant status and they may become deportable.

Source: USCIS Glossary, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services