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If I agree to sign annulment documents on the grounds that I got married legally, what consequences am I likely to face on re-entering U.S?
I came into the country legally through an Au Pair Program on a J1 Visa. My spouse and I agreed to get married at the end of my program. However, circumstances forced us to marry before the planned time. We were married for three months when my husband confessed that he had an extramarital affair, knowing full well that that would’ve stopped the marriage from taking place.
After trying to make things work for two months, I realized he was not willing to change his ways. At that time, everything was clear; he was not hard-working like he used to be and he went for almost five months without trying to file my paperwork. Now, he has filed for an annulment, and I am concerned since he filed it on false grounds.
Answer: Your situation is a difficult one. However, my advice is, arrange a consultation session with a family attorney in your area. Also, do not sign any cancellation papers before speaking to an immigration counsel. You may also be eligible for VAWA (Violence against Women relief) and possibly some other options to protect yourself from applying if you sign the papers. You should be diligent and safeguard your rights.