Many girls from the former Soviet block dream of marrying a handsome and wealthy foreigner. The USA is still perceived as a land of infinite opportunities, prosperity, and happiness. Marriage, therefore, is seen as a surefire way to settle down on the American soil. However, is it legal to secure US citizenship through marriage today?
The answer, unfortunately, is not straightforward. Generally, marriage is still a route to eligibility for legal residency. This means getting a green card and later citizenship if the couple proves the marriage is no sham. You might remember the episode from House MD in which Gregory agrees to help a lady pull off a wedding scam and fool immigration officials. However, this works only for legal immigrants, so undocumented foreigners have no chance.