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Q #5: Does this law apply ONLY to U.S. brokers and agencies, as opposed to "foreign" based or "offshore" brokers and agencies?

Answer: APPLICABILITY OF LAW: The simple and quick answer is: Yes, the law applies only to U.S. companies owned and operated in the U.S., (even if they have a matchmaker subsidiary or sub-division abroad.) It would likely be very difficult at best to enforce this law on a “foreign company”, IF IT IS TRULY FOREIGN-BASED, meaning with full operations abroad and all staff abroad and owners living abroad (or a U.S. owner who is living and operating abroad), and so on.

Q #6: Does this law's enforcement focus ONLY on the brokers and agencies, or does it also apply to the U.S. gentlemen customers?

Answer: The law's provisions and enforcement focuses primarily on the IMBs, and their obligations and penalties. This does NOT mean however that there are no penalties at all on the U.S. clients.

Q #10: Does this law apply at all to couples who did NOT meet through an IMB?

Answer: Yes. This law does NOT APPLY ONLY TO IMBs. There are provisions in this law which apply to ALL petitioners and couples, regardless of how they met. They apply to ANY K Visa petititoner, even those who did NOT meet their fiancee or spouse through an IMB, but for instance just through friends or family.

Read Number 5 and 10 and tell me, if its not confusing....


I-129f JOURNEY:

2-14-2006: I-129F Mailed Express

2-16-2006: TSC recieved it and signed

2-24-2006: NOA 1 recieved

2-27-2006: Check Cashed

5-01-2006: CASE APPROVED!!!!!! NOA2 by E-mail.

5-06-2006: NOA2 by Mail!!!!!!!

5-17-2006: NVC Recieved The Case!!!

5-19-2006: Left The NVC And Was Sent To Consulate..Mumbai, India!!!!!

5-25-2006: Consulate Recieved The Case

6-01-2006: Downloaded Packet 3 was Sent to the Consulate

6-04-2006: Packet 3 was Recieved by the Consulate.

6-08-2006: Packet 3 was recieved at home sent by Consulate

6-30-2006: Packet 4 Recieved

8-21-2006: Interview!!!!

8-21-2006: GOT THE VISA! YAY!

8-31-2006: Enters in USA..POE in Chicago, IL

9-25-2006: Getting Married!! WOOOHOOO!!

AOS JOURNEY:

10-12-2006: I-485 Filed

10-18-2006: NOA 1 Recieved

11-04-2006: Biometric Interview

11-06-2006: Case Transferred to CSC

11-09-2006: CSC Recieved the Case

12-07-2006: Registered to be Approved..

12-13-2006: APPROVED....WITHOUT the Interview!!! WOOHOOO!!!!

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Question 5 is defining what an International Marriage Broker is, according to the IMBRA.

Question 10 is saying that there are certain aspects of the act that are applicable to all petitions, not just those involving an International Marriage Broker.

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