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I was married in Costa Rica over two years ago to a Costa Rican. We live in California and he has his 10 year green card. My question is we NEVER took the marriage license from Costa Rica and had it validated here. This did not seem to matter for getting the green card, but will it matter for anything else? I was just thinking that we ever wanted to get divorced here, we really cant because there is no record of the marriage here. We just have our marriage license from Costa Rica. We file our taxes together and have joint acocunts etc. and I really dont want to have it validated here if there is no reason too.

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You shouldn't need to have foreign marriages validated/registered here. From what I understand if it's legally recognized in Costa Rica (or any other foreign country), then it's legally recognized here.

Edited by kaffy

DCF Timeline here

POE Timeline

08/24/2008 POE Seattle

08/29/2008 SSN assigned

09/08/2008 SSN (Card) received

09/29/2008 Green Card received

I-90 Timeline (USCIS error)

11/10/2008 Send I-90 to Texas service center

12/xx/2008 NOA1

01/07/2009 Card production ordered

01/14/2009 Card mailed

01/xx/2009 Card received

I-751 Timeline

06/02/2010 Send I-751 to California service center

06/04/2010 Received at CSC

06/07/2010 NOA1

06/09/2010 Check cashed

07/27/2010 Biometrics

07/28/2010 Touch

09/02/2010 Approved

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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You do not need to register a foreign marriage in the USA.

USCIS and DOS recognized the marriage, therefor you got a spousal visa, and US Green-card.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Colombia
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Your marriage is legal in Costa Rica and the US, no need for validation. If it hadn't been legal the USCIS and the embassy wouldn't have processed your husband's residency.

Diana


CR-1

02/05/07 - I-130 sent to NSC

05/03/07 - NOA2

05/10/07 - NVC receives petition, case # assigned

08/08/07 - Case Complete

09/27/07 - Interview, visa granted

10/02/07 - POE

11/16/07 - Received green card and Welcome to America letter in the mail

Removing Conditions

07/06/09 - I-751 sent to CSC

08/14/09 - Biometrics

09/27/09 - Approved

10/01/09 - Received 10 year green card

U.S. Citizenship

03/30/11 - N-400 sent via Priority Mail w/ delivery confirmation

05/12/11 - Biometrics

07/20/11 - Interview - passed

07/20/11 - Oath ceremony - same day as interview

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Agree with all the above. A marriage celebrated according to the laws of the place where it took place is considered a legal marriage in the U.S. for immigration purposes and ANY other purposes, there is no need to re- validate the marriage or register it, it has been already registered in Costa Rica according to their laws.. I also wanted to add, that what you have is your Marriage Certificate from Costa Rica, not a marriage license from Costa Rica. For what i know there isn't such document under the Costa Rican civil law.

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REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

08.01.2011 - I-751 SENT

08.05.2011 - Check cashed

08.08.2011- NOA Received

08.19.2011 - Biometrics Letter Received

09.12.2011 - Biometrics Appointment

01.27.2012 - CARD PRODUCTION ORDERED!!!

02.01.2012 - 10 year GC Received.

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