After an immigrant marries and divorces without having applied for permanent residency, will future marriage alert fraud suspicion?

An immigrant marries US citizen and regrets it, before applying for any permanent residence. If the couple divorces (in short time span), without having applied for permanent residency, will any future marriage and application be more difficult? Will it raise fraud suspicion and investigation or cause denial of future petition after another marriage to US citizen, presuming said marriage has no intention of fraud (where the first one did)?

Asked on July 12, 2012 under Immigration Law, Florida


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, it should not have any negative impact on any future applications since no immigration benefits were applied for or derived as a result of this brief marriage.  You should disclose this marriage on any future applications, however, and make sure you have evidence of lawful termination.

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