Who is a Spouse under U.S. Immigration Law?

How is a Spouse defined under U.S. immigration law?

A spouse is a legally wedded partner.  Merely living together does not qualify a marriage for immigration. Common Law spouses may qualify as spouses for immigration purposes depending on the laws of the country where the common-law marriage occurs. In cases of polygamy, only the first spouse may qualify as a spouse for immigration.

Same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), along with their minor children, are now eligible for the same immigration benefits as opposite-sex spouses.

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