How Can I Marry a Non-US Citizen in America?
By Space Coast Daily // September 8, 2020
RULES FOR MARRYING A Non-US Citizen in America
Love knows no boundaries, but immigration services do.
As if planning the wedding isn’t enough, now you have to think about how to make it legal in the US.
There are lots of restrictions, but it’s possible to overcome them and have the best celebration ever.
It’s worth mentioning that the United States has everything for any wedding. It’s a beautiful country that provides opportunities. But it’s also difficult to get a visa there, especially nowadays. So be sure you’re careful about every step.
Who knows, maybe this article will inspire you to find Russian ladies to marry or finally propose to your partner after a long-distance relationship.
Finding Out Identification Needs
First of all, it’s important to find out what kind of identification you and your fiance/fiancee will need to get legally married in your state. In the US, all states have different laws, so you have to know what exactly you will need on the site.
Make sure you contact the local county clerk to get more info. Also, consulting an immigration lawyer is a great idea when you need extra information on bringing your non-US citizen soon-to-be spouse (that was long) to America.
The next step is applying for a fiance or marriage-based visa.
Marriage and Fiance(e)’s Visas: What Are They and What One Needs
Marriage and fiance(e)’s visas are used to go to the US as a future or current spouse of the American citizen. Obviously, the first type is applied for after the wedding, while the second one – prior to it.
The two main things you have to know about those are:
• The documents have to be flawless (no problems with the law, no visa refusals desired, etc.);
• You will have to prove you’re a real couple and will attempt to build a future in the United States.
The visas are temporary, and the non-US citizen can apply for a green card or try to become a citizen, but it’s very complicated. So if you want to marry your favorite person in the US, it’s better to stick to the visa for now.
What One Needs to Bring their Non-Citizen Fiance(e) or Spouse to the US
The first place to go is the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. They will provide you a thorough step-by-step. Prepare for lots of paperwork and documentation collecting. If you’re a citizen and reside lawfully in the country, collect:
• Petition for Alien Relative;
• An Application form for permanent residence.
If you reside outside the US, collect the I-130 and petition. In case you have a green card or are an official permanent resident inside or outside the country, you will only need the form first.
Can Two Non-US Citizens Get Married in America?
Yes, just apply for a marriage visa of a proper type. Make sure you find out if the marriage will be recognized in your home country, though. Find out what your county’s institutions need to accept you marrying in another country; there might be additional requirements.
Our best recommendation is to research the topic online and find out all the details on the official websites of the embassies, immigration services, etc. of both countries. Check other institutions related to immigration as well. Call the hotlines, write emails, visit the consulate.
And do everything prior to planning the wedding. It will be very stressful and tough to re-plan everything and get married in another country if something goes wrong. But it won’t, we believe in you!