(Closed) So confused! Financial and/or Green Card benefits of marriage?

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

A student/work visa means he is “stuck” having his immigration status dependent on his employer or maintains student status. A spousal visa means that he can work wherever he wants (or not work). 

One big reason not to become a US citizen are the tax implications for high wage earners. If you plan to live abroad in the future you will be on the hook for filing taxes in the US, even if you don’t live there. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

ExH is a Canadian, and we were married in the USA. One huge benefit of the greencard he eventually obtained was (is) that it allowed him to work in any job without having to worry about whether the position conformed to his current visa or have to change visas. Also, it was less hassle at the border for going back and forth. That’s the very short version of our experience with it.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Oh and just to be clear – a green card does NOT confer citizenship. It just means he would be a permanent resident with almost all of the same rights as citizenship.

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