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Ceremony before K-1 gets approved

#1 ckel11310

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:39 AM

Hi all. We have our NOA1 and now waiting for our NOA2, but were wondering what would happen if we were to have a ceremony in my fiancee's home country before getting officially married in the US. According to South Korean law, having just a ceremony is not recognized as an official marriage in South Korea, and therefore the US wouldn't recognize it as an official marriage either, right? We wouldn't be signing any papers or anything.

Thank you ahead of time for your thoughts and replies.

Edited by Charles Kim, 06 June 2012 - 07:44 AM.

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#2 Penny Lane

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:45 AM

Hi all. We have our NOA1 and now waiting for our NOA2, but were wondering what would happen if we were to have a ceremony in my fiancee's home country before getting officially married in the US. According to South Korean law, having just a ceremony is not recognized as an official marriage in South Korea, and therefore the US wouldn't recognize it as an official marriage either, right? We wouldn't be signing any papers or anything.


It's risky. It's always a risk to have any ceremony that could possibly be mistaken for a wedding ceremony, regardless of whether or not it's recognized as official. If you do go through with this, I'd be careful. Don't bring photos to the interview.
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#3 LeftCoastLady

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:47 AM

You may want to post this question in the regional forum covering S. Korea to get insights on if the ceremony is expected going into the interview stage, or if it would be viewed negatively.
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Hi all. We have our NOA1 and now waiting for our NOA2, but were wondering what would happen if we were to have a ceremony in my fiancee's home country before getting officially married in the US. According to South Korean law, having just a ceremony is not recognized as an official marriage in South Korea, and therefore the US wouldn't recognize it as an official marriage either, right? We wouldn't be signing any papers or anything.

Thank you ahead of time for your thoughts and replies.


Don't sign any papers. Have the ceremony after the visa is in hand, not before.
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#5 Celeste & C

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:56 AM

Don't sign any papers. Have the ceremony after the visa is in hand, not before.


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Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:57 AM

My vote goes for visa first, ceremony later.
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#7 aws&ndd

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 09:05 AM

My vote goes for visa first, ceremony later.


I second that. :thumbs:
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#8 ckel11310

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:56 PM

Thank you everyone!
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Our Story
7/18/2010 Arrived in Korea and started my new job the next day
11/3/2010 First met at work!
1/25/2011 Became a couple
11/3/2011 Proposed <--- She said yes!
4/21/2012 I came back to America after spending almost 2 years in Korea, she came to visit for a month
5/22/2012 She went back to Korea
7/23-28/2012 Visited South Korea to see her


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2/17/2012 Sent I-129F package to Dallas Lockbox
2/23/2012 NOA1 --> Vermont Service Center
8/15/2012 NOA2 (174 days)
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8/27/2012 Received case number
8/29/2012 Left NVC for Seoul Embassy
9/4/2012 Received and signed by Seoul Embassy, 12:17 PM Local Time
9/6/2012 E-Packet 3 Received via email
10/13/2012 Medical
11/1/2012 Interview *APPROVED*
11/12/2012 POE - JFK, NY
12/3/2012 Married!!!


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Posted 06 June 2012 - 09:47 PM

Slight edit to title.
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#10 sandgoose

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

Hi Charles, Just wondering about the conclusion of this as I am currently in the same exact situation with my fiance. We received NOA2 today, and we are planning a wedding in the states on June 1. Hoping to have a simple engagement party (Korean ceremony) in Korea in early May- hopefully after she has the visa in hand. Like you said- nothing official. So I was just wondering what you did in the end, and how things worked out? Thanks.
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Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:05 PM

Hi all. We have our NOA1 and now waiting for our NOA2, but were wondering what would happen if we were to have a ceremony in my fiancee's home country before getting officially married in the US. According to South Korean law, having just a ceremony is not recognized as an official marriage in South Korea, and therefore the US wouldn't recognize it as an official marriage either, right? We wouldn't be signing any papers or anything.

Thank you ahead of time for your thoughts and replies.


Having a engagement ceremony is pretty common after filing the k1, it can be used as more evidence when you go to interview. Why would a CO think it's a marriage ceremony when you file a K1 there's no legal documents signed prior. I'd say go for it.
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