A gold digger is someone who marries for money. Is there a term for someone who marries for citizenship (and then divorces as soon as they get the citizenship)?

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It's usually called a green card marriage.

Per wikipedia:

Green card marriage is a neologism that refers to the marriage of convenience between a legal resident of a country and a person who would be ineligible for residency but for being married to a resident.

  • ...so the person would be called a green card wife? Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 18:10
  • Well since it is usually not a legal marriage, you wouldn't want to go around telling everyone that your wife or hubby was a green card spouse. When or why would you want to ever use the term? I guess you could tell trusted friends or family, but some secrets may be too big to tell anyone.
    – pazzo
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 21:06

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