‘Hot’ Russian Girls Seek Sham Green Card Marriages
July 19, 2009
(ChattahBox)—The growing business of marriage brokers who specialize in matching up young female Russian and Polish immigrants to U.S. citizens for a hefty fee is largely operating in plain sight, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement powerless to shut down the practice.
The ultimate prize for the female immigrants is a green card, which allows the women to remain and work in the U.S. legally.
According to the New York Post, the sham green card marriages go for upwards of $31,500 in cash, with the majority of the fee paid directly to the U.S. fiancé. “It’s easy money, and the girls are really hot,” said a Brooklyn, NY man who says he receives constant offers to marry Russian immigrants.
The green card marriages are quite common in Eastern European and Russian immigrant neighborhoods throughout the country, referred to as “delovoy brak,” where marriage brokers set up shop. A recent federal bust of about 80 marriage brokers in Florida shows the severity of the problem of sham green card marriages.
Once the couples make it through the green-card interview with Citizenship and Immigration Services, called the Stokes interview, they are golden. The Stokes interview is usually held several months after the marriage, affording couples plenty of time to prepare.
If they pass the Stokes interview, with the agency ruling the marriage is a real one, a conditional green card is issued. The couple must remain married for two years, for the green card to become permanent.
Once the female immigrant earns a permanent green card, she is free to divorce and be allowed to remain in the U.S. permanently.
The U.S. spouses don’t seem to be complaining. After all, they not only earn about $25,000, but also get to marry a “hot” Russian girl.
However, the risk these young women take and the capacity for physical and sexual abuse by their spouses cannot be overlooked.