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Hi everyone!

My girlfriend since 4 years and I just got engaged (!), so I am just starting my journey!! :) We are about to apply for a marriage license, and then get married in mid august. What paperwork do I need in order to get married here in the U.S (or even to apply for the marriage license)? Do I need any papers from country in order to legally marry my girlfriend here?

I am from Sweden

I am here in the U.S on an F-1 VISA, currently on OPT working full time.

Thank you very much! Any help is greatly appreciated!!

/Mort

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I just got married on F-1 visa, and you don't need any specific paperwork to do so. When you go get a marriage license, you just need to bring a proper ID (passport or state ID for you) and a driver's license for your fiancee. You just fill out a form where you give them your names, age, or date of birth, SSN (I didn't have one), and that's it. Surprisingly, no one even asked us for ID's, even though they asked a couple in front of us :)

When you get married, just have your ID with you just in case, otherwise, you don't need nything else.


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The US does not have uniform marriage laws from place to place. Each state sets its own requirements.

The best bet is to contact the county clerk, county recorder, or similar official for the place where you will be getting married, explain the situation, and ask what the requirements are.

Many places will just require a photo ID. Your passport will probably be all you need.

Some states require a social security number, but as far as I know, they will waive that requirement if you are ineligible to get a social security number. But you may have to ask.


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You got the correct advise, but I'd like to add something.

When my wife and I had our interview, the most important things the IO wanted to see is photo albums. We had one from the wedding and reception and one with "other" photos.

So have a nice wedding, and make sure you celebrate in style and have photos documenting it. A photo says more than a thousand words.

All the best to you.


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Hi everyone!

My girlfriend since 4 years and I just got engaged (!), so I am just starting my journey!! :) We are about to apply for a marriage license, and then get married in mid august. What paperwork do I need in order to get married here in the U.S (or even to apply for the marriage license)? Do I need any papers from country in order to legally marry my girlfriend here?

I am from Sweden

I am here in the U.S on an F-1 VISA, currently on OPT working full time.

Thank you very much! Any help is greatly appreciated!!

/Mort

Most states, all you need is show your passport, and she her DL, and I think my wife also had to tell the clerk her social security number.

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You got the correct advise, but I'd like to add something.

When my wife and I had our interview, the most important things the IO wanted to see is photo albums. We had one from the wedding and reception and one with "other" photos.

So have a nice wedding, and make sure you celebrate in style and have photos documenting it. A photo says more than a thousand words.

All the best to you.

JustBob, me and the wife married in jeans and boots in front of the courthouse, with a retired justice of the peace performing the ceremony, and all the pics we have from that came from my cell phone. We did make an album from these, but also from actually doing other stuff together.

All in all, the nice, stylish wedding set us back about $250, incl. license and dinner afterwards. We're planning on having a re-wedding in the near future, but the one to start the legal process was more about love and commitment than lavish celebrations.

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Not sure about Minnesota, but in NY you need both a photo ID and birth certificate. My husband's birth certificate was in German, English and French - if yours doesn't have English, you might want to bring a translation, too, to be on the safe side.


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My husband and I got married in Florida, all they wanted to see was my Swedish passport.

Call or Email the Swedish Tax department and ask them to send you a birth certificate a.k.a. a "Personbevis 120 med alla relationer" in English, you cannot order that particular form online. It is also a good idea to ask them to attest (vidimera) it to make it look more "official" as Americans loves stamps. If you are going to adjust status in the U.S. you might want to ask them to send two copies just in case since you will have to have one copy for the AOS process.

Btw. the marriage will be recognized by Swedish authorities but send a copy of the marriage certificate to the National Registration office at the Tax Department (Folkbokföringen på Skatteverket) in Sweden.


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My husband and I got married in Florida, all they wanted to see was my Swedish passport.

Call or Email the Swedish Tax department and ask them to send you a birth certificate a.k.a. a "Personbevis 120 med alla relationer" in English, you cannot order that particular form online. It is also a good idea to ask them to attest (vidimera) it to make it look more "official" as Americans loves stamps. If you are going to adjust status in the U.S. you might want to ask them to send two copies just in case since you will have to have one copy for the AOS process.

Btw. the marriage will be recognized by Swedish authorities but send a copy of the marriage certificate to the National Registration office at the Tax Department (Folkbokföringen på Skatteverket) in Sweden.

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You may call or visit your nearest County Clerk Office to inquire for the requirements.

But in my experience, the Clerk just asked for my passport and visa then my husband's

valid ID.

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