How can the government go about providing legal proof that a couple isn’t really married? (When I say the “government” it’s that I’m not actually certain who, specifically, handles this kind of thing. Would it be INS???)
People get married for all kinds of reasons. Two citizens marrying each other are not legally required to be “in love”. I have even met married people who continue to live in different cities because of career commitments. How can there be a standard applied to define a “real” marriage?
I have heard stories of couples getting caught because it was proven that the citizen was paid a large sum of money by the non-citizen. Suppose though that the citizen was being completely altruistic, figured “hey, it might be fun to have a roommate, just kick in for rent and help with bills. We’ll have “our” bedroom and we’ll have the “guest” bedroom.”
When a citizen marries a non-citizen into the country how much scrutiny do they face? Are they challenged to justify the marriage? Is their private home life invaded by investigations?