Tightening the Knot

A new law gets tougher on fraudulent marriages

Bernard, a student from Trinidad who recently married an American named Joannie, hoped to become a permanent U.S. resident. But first the Immigration and Naturalization Service in New York City wanted him and his new wife to answer a few questions—questions carefully designed to catch foreigners who enter into sham marriages with Americans simply to gain citizenship. INS officials have been known to ask applicants about tattoos and which side of the bed someone sleeps on, then double-check the answers with their spouses. "We married for love," said Bernard. "But we had heard stories about the interview, and, well, we were...

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