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Dear all,

Hopefully someone can shine a light on our situation.

Im a Dutch national and engaged with my dearest fiancee who is an American national.

At the moment i am in the Netherlands and she is working in Europe. Soon she will be moved to the middle east for an assingment overthere.

Since we want to be togheter and the only way for a wife to sponsor her man in those countries is to be married we intend to get married sooner than that we thought.

Now here in the Netherlands the paperwork for our marriage is in the mills (and we have big slow mills..) and it might not clear fast enough. Now we are planning a vacation to the USA next month and are thinking of getting married there.

Hope you guys are still with me, here are my two questions:

-If we get married next month in the States while i am on a tourist visa (i also have a valid H1B visa but no work in the States) and i go with my wife to the middle east will or can this act bite us later on when, in like one or two years im gonna file for residency?

-is Las Vegas the only place were a foreigner can get married?

Hopefully someone has a lil light for me?

thanks in advance and God bless

Dutch

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Dear all,

Hopefully someone can shine a light on our situation.

Im a Dutch national and engaged with my dearest fiancee who is an American national.

At the moment i am in the Netherlands and she is working in Europe. Soon she will be moved to the middle east for an assingment overthere.

Since we want to be togheter and the only way for a wife to sponsor her man in those countries is to be married we intend to get married sooner than that we thought.

Now here in the Netherlands the paperwork for our marriage is in the mills (and we have big slow mills..) and it might not clear fast enough. Now we are planning a vacation to the USA next month and are thinking of getting married there.

Hope you guys are still with me, here are my two questions:

-If we get married next month in the States while i am on a tourist visa (i also have a valid H1B visa but no work in the States) and i go with my wife to the middle east will or can this act bite us later on when, in like one or two years im gonna file for residency?

No - but you will need a different visa to return most likely.

-is Las Vegas the only place were a foreigner can get married?

No - depending on the state laws, anyone can get married.

Hopefully someone has a lil light for me?

thanks in advance and God bless

Dutch

My Advice is usually based on "Worst Case Scenario" and what is written in the rules/laws/instructions. That is the way I roll... -Protect your Status - file before your I-94 expires.

WARNING: Phrases in this post may sound meaner than they were intended to be. Read the Adjudicator's Field Manual from USCIS

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Dear all,

Hopefully someone can shine a light on our situation.

Im a Dutch national and engaged with my dearest fiancee who is an American national.

At the moment i am in the Netherlands and she is working in Europe. Soon she will be moved to the middle east for an assingment overthere.

Since we want to be togheter and the only way for a wife to sponsor her man in those countries is to be married we intend to get married sooner than that we thought.

Now here in the Netherlands the paperwork for our marriage is in the mills (and we have big slow mills..) and it might not clear fast enough. Now we are planning a vacation to the USA next month and are thinking of getting married there.

Hope you guys are still with me, here are my two questions:

-If we get married next month in the States while i am on a tourist visa (i also have a valid H1B visa but no work in the States) and i go with my wife to the middle east will or can this act bite us later on when, in like one or two years im gonna file for residency?

No - but you will need a different visa to return most likely.

-is Las Vegas the only place were a foreigner can get married?

No - depending on the state laws, anyone can get married.

Hopefully someone has a lil light for me?

thanks in advance and God bless

Dutch

hey Bobby,

Thank u so much for ure reply, yes when we intend to go back to the States i will have to see what were gonna do, i was thinking of DCF.

All other comments are welcome.

All the best

Dutch

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The marriage can take place almost anywhere. In Virginia, one can marry the same day as the marriage license is issued, no blood tests, etc. just proof of who you are. Of course many churches require a period of counseling by the pastor or staff member to be married in the church.

As to returning together in some future year, without first having a green card, there are ways to do that through the embassy of the country from which you are returning, such as Direct Consular Filing.

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DCF is an option - but your wife will have to legally be allowed to live where she is (during the DCF) - I would suggest you look up the DCF rules (living reqs) for the place you intend to end up in.

Of course if she is going there on some sort of work visa - that may be all that is needed.

Good luck!

My Advice is usually based on "Worst Case Scenario" and what is written in the rules/laws/instructions. That is the way I roll... -Protect your Status - file before your I-94 expires.

WARNING: Phrases in this post may sound meaner than they were intended to be. Read the Adjudicator's Field Manual from USCIS

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If you want to have your marriage legalised in the Netherlands, make sure your check first with the county/gemeente if they will accept a Las Vegas marriage, there are a few which don't! Where we live now (in the States) the county doesn't accept our Dutch marriage, but who cares......everybody else here does.

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Dear all,

Hopefully someone can shine a light on our situation.

Im a Dutch national and engaged with my dearest fiancee who is an American national.

At the moment i am in the Netherlands and she is working in Europe. Soon she will be moved to the middle east for an assingment overthere.

Since we want to be togheter and the only way for a wife to sponsor her man in those countries is to be married we intend to get married sooner than that we thought.

Now here in the Netherlands the paperwork for our marriage is in the mills (and we have big slow mills..) and it might not clear fast enough. Now we are planning a vacation to the USA next month and are thinking of getting married there.

Hope you guys are still with me, here are my two questions:

-If we get married next month in the States while i am on a tourist visa (i also have a valid H1B visa but no work in the States) and i go with my wife to the middle east will or can this act bite us later on when, in like one or two years im gonna file for residency?

-is Las Vegas the only place were a foreigner can get married?

Hopefully someone has a lil light for me?

thanks in advance and God bless

Dutch

Hey Dutch,

Check with your local Stadhuis to see if they will accept a marriage in Las Vegas. I have some EU friends who got married in Las Vegas years ago who recently moved to the Netherlands (Leiden) and their Las Vegas marriage certificate was not accepted by the stadhuis here.

And I know the rules for an American citizen marrying an Dutch citizen suck. They make it pretty much impossible for a non-EU citizen to marry an Dutch citizen. My fiance and I have looked into it.

Best of luck to you,

Jessica (currently residing in Leiden)

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Dear all,

Hopefully someone can shine a light on our situation.

Im a Dutch national and engaged with my dearest fiancee who is an American national.

At the moment i am in the Netherlands and she is working in Europe. Soon she will be moved to the middle east for an assingment overthere.

Since we want to be togheter and the only way for a wife to sponsor her man in those countries is to be married we intend to get married sooner than that we thought.

Now here in the Netherlands the paperwork for our marriage is in the mills (and we have big slow mills..) and it might not clear fast enough. Now we are planning a vacation to the USA next month and are thinking of getting married there.

Hope you guys are still with me, here are my two questions:

-If we get married next month in the States while i am on a tourist visa (i also have a valid H1B visa but no work in the States) and i go with my wife to the middle east will or can this act bite us later on when, in like one or two years im gonna file for residency?

-is Las Vegas the only place were a foreigner can get married?

Hopefully someone has a lil light for me?

thanks in advance and God bless

Dutch

Hey Dutch,

Check with your local Stadhuis to see if they will accept a marriage in Las Vegas. I have some EU friends who got married in Las Vegas years ago who recently moved to the Netherlands (Leiden) and their Las Vegas marriage certificate was not accepted by the stadhuis here.

And I know the rules for an American citizen marrying an Dutch citizen suck. They make it pretty much impossible for a non-EU citizen to marry an Dutch citizen. My fiance and I have looked into it.

Best of luck to you,

Jessica (currently residing in Leiden)

hey Jessica,

yeah, i thought getting married and file for residency in the States was hard, but the eu makes it pretty though also.

However we plan to get married in the states on just a tourist visa, immediately leave for the middle east and work there for like one or two years. After that we want to move back to the States. I just want to make sure it doesnt bite us that we got married while i am on a tourist visa.

Good luck to You as well.

Dutch

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Dear all,

Hopefully someone can shine a light on our situation.

Im a Dutch national and engaged with my dearest fiancee who is an American national.

At the moment i am in the Netherlands and she is working in Europe. Soon she will be moved to the middle east for an assingment overthere.

Since we want to be togheter and the only way for a wife to sponsor her man in those countries is to be married we intend to get married sooner than that we thought.

Now here in the Netherlands the paperwork for our marriage is in the mills (and we have big slow mills..) and it might not clear fast enough. Now we are planning a vacation to the USA next month and are thinking of getting married there.

Hope you guys are still with me, here are my two questions:

-If we get married next month in the States while i am on a tourist visa (i also have a valid H1B visa but no work in the States) and i go with my wife to the middle east will or can this act bite us later on when, in like one or two years im gonna file for residency?

-is Las Vegas the only place were a foreigner can get married?

Hopefully someone has a lil light for me?

thanks in advance and God bless

Dutch

It doesn't matter where you get married. In the future your wife would apply for a spousal visa (CR-1 preferrably) You can get married virtually anywhere in the USA. Las Vegas is not the only place. Some states have 3 day waiting periods from lisence issuance until marriage. Despite what anyone else says, the Supreme Court ruled last year that an SSN is NOT and CANNOT be required for a marriage lisence. They can ASK your SSN but if you do not have one...answer "none". Weddings and honeymoons are big $$$ business and states like to encourage it as much as possible. They especially like foreign tourists who come, spend money and go home. :lol:

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Thank You, Since i did work in the states on a HIB visa i do have ssn.

However i thought its not legal to come to the states on a tourist visa and get married. When we do this can we get any trouble of it in a later stage?

Dutch

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Thank You, Since i did work in the states on a HIB visa i do have ssn.

However i thought its not legal to come to the states on a tourist visa and get married. When we do this can we get any trouble of it in a later stage?

Dutch

It's legal to get married in the US on a tourist visa. As long as you leave the US before your tourist visa expires then you've broken no laws.

If you are in the US and married to a US citizen then you can legally apply for a green card, and this is what your confusion probably stems from. You can't use the non-immigrant tourist visa for immigration purposes. So, if you enter the US with the intention of marrying and applying for a green card using a tourist visa then you've broken immigration laws by misusing the tourist visa.

Bear in mind that the CBP officer who interviews you when you enter the US is probably going to ask what you plan to do while you're in the US. If you tell them that you're going to get married then there's a chance the officer might deny you entry. They might think that you plan to stay in the US and apply for a green card. As mentioned above, you can't enter the US on a tourist visa with the intention of immigrating. Do not lie to the CBP officer - this can get you barred from the US. Just be prepared to show proof that you plan to leave before your tourist visa expires. This means proving that you have connections and ties outside the US that require you to return, such as owning property or having a job.

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Thank You, Since i did work in the states on a HIB visa i do have ssn.

However i thought its not legal to come to the states on a tourist visa and get married. When we do this can we get any trouble of it in a later stage?

Dutch

No problem. Anyone can get married in the USA, like I said, it is big business and we LIKE foreign money being left behind.

It is illegal to enter the USA with the intent to get married AND adjust status from a tourist visa. Visiting and getting married are not the problem. Trying to avoid the fiancee/spousal visa process is the problem. Good luck.

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Gary And Alla

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Thank You, Since i did work in the states on a HIB visa i do have ssn.

However i thought its not legal to come to the states on a tourist visa and get married. When we do this can we get any trouble of it in a later stage?

Dutch

No problem. Anyone can get married in the USA, like I said, it is big business and we LIKE foreign money being left behind.

It is illegal to enter the USA with the intent to get married AND adjust status from a tourist visa. Visiting and getting married are not the problem. Trying to avoid the fiancee/spousal visa process is the problem. Good luck.

Thank you guys, thats helpfull!!!

Ill keep u updated,

Good luck and godd bless

Dutch

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