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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Morocco
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hi all,

this is my first post and hope you can help me ; i'm engaged to a us citizen and we are planning to apply for a k-1 visa as it is faster than k-3 visa but as i come from a very conservative family it would be impossible for me to travel with my fiance to USA without marriage, so i was wondering if after applying for a k-1 visa and getting it we can get married here in morocco before i travel with him to USA to get married there...please help me :unsure:

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: England
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hi all,

this is my first post and hope you can help me ; i'm engaged to a us citizen and we are planning to apply for a k-1 visa as it is faster than k-3 visa but as i come from a very conservative family it would be impossible for me to travel with my fiance to USA without marriage, so i was wondering if after applying for a k-1 visa and getting it we can get married here in morocco before i travel with him to USA to get married there...please help me :unsure:

As a K1 visa is a fiance visa, i think you have to arrive in the usa as a fiance and then marry in the states before the 90 days.

If you wish to marry before entry you will need to apply for another type of visa.

If anyone knows otherwise please chip in.

Good luck


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Guyana
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I agree - I remember reading when I was doing my research that you have to enter the US as a fiance (not married) if you are applying for the K-1 Visa. If you get married in the foreign country that pretty much nulls and voids the petition.

There is a couple on VJ who applied for K-1 and then got married before their interview and they were turned away when they went in for the interview. They showed pictures and was very honest with the fact that they got married event though they only did the religous part of the wedding and were not LEGALLY (didnt' sign any papers) married.

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Filed: Country: Canada
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K-1 requires you to marry legally in the U.S. Some on here have done a religious ceremony in their SO's home country as long as it is not a legal ceremony.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Yes, if you got married before you entered the US you cancel out the K-1 and are not allowed to use it. If you are married and enter using a K-1 because the guards don't know, then it will come back to haunt you when you apply for permission to become a permanent resident. Entering on a K-1 and being married is considered 'fraud' and leads to possible deportation and a ban from being in the US. K-1 is for 'fiance's' only - not spouses.

If you can do a non-legally recognized religious ceremony that satisfies your family, you can then do the legal marriage in the US. Just be very careful not to give any impression to the border when crossing that you have had even a non-legal 'marriage' ceremony nor refer to each other as husband and wife - you must still be fiances when you enter the US - or the border guards will turn you back at the border and not allow you to enter even though you are not legally married. If your family still requires a legal service then you really need to consider getting married first and applying for a K-3 or CR1 visa instead, even if it takes longer.


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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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hi..i a Filipina and i think my family is as conservative as yours...but i think you cant get married in your country after getting a visa. i've also read in VJ about a couple who had a non-legal religious ceremony before entering US..the consul denied their visa. i've also read in a paper issued by the USCIS that you should enter US as single, unmarried.

you can always talk with your family and will them to understand your situation..you can always go back to get married in your country.

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All of the advice you have received is right. Sadly you cannot be married when you enter the US on a K1 visa. You could do a non legal religious ceremony but knowing that people have been denied even though they can prove their event was not legally binding would definitely put me off. Is it too late to start thinking about a K3 visa?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Morocco
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thankyou all for your answers, i'm really disappointed, i thought there would be a possibility to get married in my country with a fiancee visa in hand, unfortunately in Morocco there is only one marriage, religious and official marriage is the same...i don't think my family will agree with letting me go without marriage....k-3 is the solution but it takes too long and we want to be together as soon as possible :crying:

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Filed: Other Country: China
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hi all,

this is my first post and hope you can help me ; i'm engaged to a us citizen and we are planning to apply for a k-1 visa as it is faster than k-3 visa but as i come from a very conservative family it would be impossible for me to travel with my fiance to USA without marriage, so i was wondering if after applying for a k-1 visa and getting it we can get married here in morocco before i travel with him to USA to get married there...please help me :unsure:

It's best to make your life plans first then embark on the visa path that matches them. If marriage in Morocco is your plan, then the US Citizen will need to petition for a spouse visa, not a fiance visa.

I don't know whether your religion recognizes a non-legal marriage as a "married" for the purposes you are concerned about. Mine doesn't. Your Consulate is one of the toughest to obtain a visa through. A bona fide marriage may well make it easier.


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Just get married in Morrocco and file for a K3 visa, that would probably make things easier for you both.

Goodluck on the journey.


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Filed: Country: Japan
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hi all,

this is my first post and hope you can help me ; i'm engaged to a us citizen and we are planning to apply for a k-1 visa as it is faster than k-3 visa but as i come from a very conservative family it would be impossible for me to travel with my fiance to USA without marriage, so i was wondering if after applying for a k-1 visa and getting it we can get married here in morocco before i travel with him to USA to get married there...please help me :unsure:

It's best to make your life plans first then embark on the visa path that matches them. If marriage in Morocco is your plan, then the US Citizen will need to petition for a spouse visa, not a fiance visa.

I don't know whether your religion recognizes a non-legal marriage as a "married" for the purposes you are concerned about. Mine doesn't. Your Consulate is one of the toughest to obtain a visa through. A bona fide marriage may well make it easier.

Solid advice. There is a procedure for whichever route you wish to take. It's a long process, so you might as well be comfortable while you wait.

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Filed: Country: Jamaica
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Why does this question continue to appear over and over again?

A K-1 is a fiance visa. Your SO must be your fiance when they step foot in the US. If you marry before that, the visa is null and void and you will start all over again.

I would never suggest that non-binding ceremony before entering the US. Too many people have been denied because it looks official enough to suspect the marriage took place.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Morocco
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thankyou all for your answers, i'm really disappointed, i thought there would be a possibility to get married in my country with a fiancee visa in hand, unfortunately in Morocco there is only one marriage, religious and official marriage is the same...i don't think my family will agree with letting me go without marriage....k-3 is the solution but it takes too long and we want to be together as soon as possible :crying:

I AM NOT AGREE WITH YOU BECAUSE RELIGIOUS MARRIAGE IN MOROCCO ITS NOT SAME AS LEGAL.

IF U GO TO ADUL IT IS LEGAL, BEFORE WHEN U GO TO ADUL IT IS ISLAMIC BUT NOT ANYMORE NOW EVERYTHING IS CHANGED.

IF U BRING 12 SH'HUD AND READ QURAN IN UR HOUSE WITH THE ACCEPTANCE OF YOUR FAMILY ESPECIALLY THE FATHER THEN IT IS ISLAMICLY MARRIED, THEN HE WILL BE UR HUSBAND IN FRONT OF PEOPLE AND GOD BUT NOT LEGAL (LEGAL =JUST TO KEEP UR RIGHTS) DO NOT SHOW TO EMBASSY ANY SIGN U R MARRIED!!!

I WISH THAT HELPED A LITTLE

SALAM


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Morocco
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thankyou all for your replies, i really appreciate your help

thankyou all for your answers, i'm really disappointed, i thought there would be a possibility to get married in my country with a fiancee visa in hand, unfortunately in Morocco there is only one marriage, religious and official marriage is the same...i don't think my family will agree with letting me go without marriage....k-3 is the solution but it takes too long and we want to be together as soon as possible :crying:

I AM NOT AGREE WITH YOU BECAUSE RELIGIOUS MARRIAGE IN MOROCCO ITS NOT SAME AS LEGAL.

IF U GO TO ADUL IT IS LEGAL, BEFORE WHEN U GO TO ADUL IT IS ISLAMIC BUT NOT ANYMORE NOW EVERYTHING IS CHANGED.

IF U BRING 12 SH'HUD AND READ QURAN IN UR HOUSE WITH THE ACCEPTANCE OF YOUR FAMILY ESPECIALLY THE FATHER THEN IT IS ISLAMICLY MARRIED, THEN HE WILL BE UR HUSBAND IN FRONT OF PEOPLE AND GOD BUT NOT LEGAL (LEGAL =JUST TO KEEP UR RIGHTS) DO NOT SHOW TO EMBASSY ANY SIGN U R MARRIED!!!

I WISH THAT HELPED A LITTLE

SALAM

thanks for your reply but i really didn't know about this 12 chahid staff, does it really happen in morocco, do we need adoul or just the 12 chahid????? plz answer back

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Morocco
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thankyou all for your replies, i really appreciate your help

thankyou all for your answers, i'm really disappointed, i thought there would be a possibility to get married in my country with a fiancee visa in hand, unfortunately in Morocco there is only one marriage, religious and official marriage is the same...i don't think my family will agree with letting me go without marriage....k-3 is the solution but it takes too long and we want to be together as soon as possible :crying:

I AM NOT AGREE WITH YOU BECAUSE RELIGIOUS MARRIAGE IN MOROCCO ITS NOT SAME AS LEGAL.

IF U GO TO ADUL IT IS LEGAL, BEFORE WHEN U GO TO ADUL IT IS ISLAMIC BUT NOT ANYMORE NOW EVERYTHING IS CHANGED.

IF U BRING 12 SH'HUD AND READ QURAN IN UR HOUSE WITH THE ACCEPTANCE OF YOUR FAMILY ESPECIALLY THE FATHER THEN IT IS ISLAMICLY MARRIED, THEN HE WILL BE UR HUSBAND IN FRONT OF PEOPLE AND GOD BUT NOT LEGAL (LEGAL =JUST TO KEEP UR RIGHTS) DO NOT SHOW TO EMBASSY ANY SIGN U R MARRIED!!!

I WISH THAT HELPED A LITTLE

SALAM

thanks for your reply but i really didn't know about this 12 chahid staff, does it really happen in morocco, do we need adoul or just the 12 chahid????? plz answer back

No adoul needed u will have just to bring imam who will read quran and ur family which we call it "sadaqa" and it means in islam "tahleel" in this case. after "tahleel" ur fiance is halal for u in front of God and people!

Good luck!!


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