What is an Affidavit of Marriage Used For?
The answer will depend on the reason for the affidavit. For example, an affidavit of marriage may be used for immigration purposes, as in the form below:
This form may be used when filing a petition to remove the conditions on residence based on marriage. When a foreign national marries a US citizen they are allowed to apply for permanent resident status in the US, but if the couple has been married for less than 2 years, the foreign national will be granted Conditional Residency. Conditional Residency is typically for two years. When the foreign national spouse receives conditional residency, both spouses must submit a joint petition to the USCIS to remove the conditions on the residency i.e. I-751. The US Congress established the conditional residence period to combat a perception that many foreign nationals were using marriage to gain permanent residence in the US. At the end of the conditional period you have to verify to the USCIS that the marriage was entered into in good faith and not for immigration benefits alone. Once your petition is approved, you will be granted a 10-year permanent resident card.