Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
ckel11310

Ceremony before K-1 gets approved

11 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Back to Top ↑

Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Try asking our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×