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How can I make both my wives dependents on my EB-5 application?

I am from United Arab Emirates and polygamy is a legal and common practice in my country. Currently. I have two wives and three children. How can I add both of my wives to my EB-5 application? To increase my chances, what if I divorce one of them before I start the EB-5 process will my past polygamic marriage negatively impact my I-526?

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    The US will only recognize one wife. Technically if you divorce and remarry, both might be eligible but this may be seen. As a way to get around the system.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    You cannot add both wives to the application. The US law does not recognize polygamy, as a result the USCIS will not give visas to both wives. Also, typically the marital status of an investor will not negatively affect I-526 petition.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    US does not recognize polygamy and you cannot include both wives in your I-526 petition to immigrate with you to the US.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    You cannot include both wives in your immigration case because polygamy is not legal/recognized in the United States. The ground of inadmissibility in the U.S. immigration laws applies to persons coming to the U.S. for the purpose of practicing polygamy, so if you divorce one of your wives, you should not be found inadmissible under that ground.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    In the U.S. polygamy is not recognized. Only 1 of your wives will be recognized as an eligible derivative spouse. Additionally, polygamy is illegal in the U.S. and at the stage of applying for your adjustment of status in the U.S. one of the questions of inadmissibility is "do you plan to practice polygamy in the U.S.?"

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    You cannot list both wives as dependents since it is against U.S. public policy. It would be advisable to pick which spouse you wish to qualify and divorce the other. Your last polygamic marriage should not negatively impact the favorable adjudication of your EB-5 Investor Petition on Form I-526.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    It will not impact your case but the U.S. will only recognize one wife so divorce is recommended.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    Polygamy is illegal in the US and you cannot make both of your wives derivative beneficiaries of your EB5 petition/immigrant visa.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    U.S. laws do not allow polygamy. Thus, you cannot have both wives be derivative beneficiary on your EB-5.

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    Raymond Lahoud

    Immigration Attorney
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    Polygamy deems you inadmissible to the United States.

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    Mark AM Catam, Esq

    Immigration Attorney
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    I do not think its possible to include two wives.

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    Irina Rostova

    Immigration Attorney
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    Polygamy is illegal in the United States and there is a specific question asking if you plan to practice polygamy in the United States. An affirmative answer could disqualify you from obtaining the Green Card.

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