Matter of H–
Board of Immigration Appeals
9 I & N Dec. 640 (1962)
The petitioner (plaintiff) was a citizen of the United States who was an adherent to the Muslim faith. She married a Jordanian citizen in Jordan. The marriage was legal in Jordan but polygamous because her husband was already married to another woman. Her husband later legally divorced his first wife. The petitioner filed for a visa for her husband to enter the United States under immediate-relative status. Immigration officials denied the visa petition on the grounds that the marriage was polygamous and therefore invalid for immigration purposes because the petitioner had married her husband before he divorced his first wife. The petitioner appealed the decision, and the case came before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning ()
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