Yesterday, during immigrant visa interviews, I came across a case of clear marriage fraud that I hated to refuse. The applicant, a Saudi male, wanted to go to the US to marry his sweetheart, an American woman 25 years older than he. He didn't know details about her, like what she does at work or where her children live. It was clear that he was not in a bona fide relationship with her. When I asked how he'd met her, he spoke about his friend from college, an American man, who lived next door to her and who had introduced them. I asked how frequently he goes to visit this friend, and the applicant spoke warmly and in great detail about the friend, including how frequently he goes to visit him and what they do for fun.
When I looked up the man's prior tourist visa information, notes indicated that he had gone to visit the same friend numerous times over the last two decades. It's obvious what the case is - the Saudi man's true relationship is with the male friend, not the female neighbor. Unfortunately, there's no immigration benefits for that, nor is he legally even able to marry him at the state level. I disagree with this, strongly... but what can I do? I don't condone fraud, even if I don't like the underlying law.