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My fiance is from Colombia. We met online a few months before he came here to NY and about a month after we met in person we started going out. He's been here on an F-1 visa. I had been waiting since 2006 for my divorce to be finalized (which it just was on aug. 4th) so we are now able to move forward. His visa expires in Nov. and we plan to get married the end of sept/beginning of Oct. Do we need to do anything first in order to get married here since he is legally here on a visa already? What happens when his visa expires if we can get married by that time?

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My fiance is from Colombia. We met online a few months before he came here to NY and about a month after we met in person we started going out. He's been here on an F-1 visa. I had been waiting since 2006 for my divorce to be finalized (which it just was on aug. 4th) so we are now able to move forward. His visa expires in Nov. and we plan to get married the end of sept/beginning of Oct. Do we need to do anything first in order to get married here since he is legally here on a visa already? What happens when his visa expires if we can get married by that time?

u can still get marry but u might have problem doing paper work later on, they might think he came here the intended is to stay in usa, but if u get married the best thing to do is to do an i-130 he will have to go back home and wait for the right visa immigrating to usa properly or u can take a chance to apply for AOS but then if u fail it might delay the process in the future. good luck.

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My fiance is from Colombia. We met online a few months before he came here to NY and about a month after we met in person we started going out. He's been here on an F-1 visa. I had been waiting since 2006 for my divorce to be finalized (which it just was on aug. 4th) so we are now able to move forward. His visa expires in Nov. and we plan to get married the end of sept/beginning of Oct. Do we need to do anything first in order to get married here since he is legally here on a visa already? What happens when his visa expires if we can get married by that time?

u can still get marry but u might have problem doing paper work later on, they might think he came here the intended is to stay in usa, but if u get married the best thing to do is to do an i-130 he will have to go back home and wait for the right visa immigrating to usa properly or u can take a chance to apply for AOS but then if u fail it might delay the process in the future. good luck.

We are really hoping it is possible for him to continue to stay here while we file what we have to, but we really have no idea about any of this. It's so confusing and so many different forms. We have only been away from each other for a few days at a time in the last year and a half and that is bad enough. :(

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file the I-130, I-485, I-765... He stays while here while this is in process... success probable but not guaranteed

YMMV

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file the I-130, I-485, I-765... He stays while here while this is in process... success probable but not guaranteed

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My fiance is from Colombia. We met online a few months before he came here to NY and about a month after we met in person we started going out. He's been here on an F-1 visa. I had been waiting since 2006 for my divorce to be finalized (which it just was on aug. 4th) so we are now able to move forward. His visa expires in Nov. and we plan to get married the end of sept/beginning of Oct. Do we need to do anything first in order to get married here since he is legally here on a visa already? What happens when his visa expires if we can get married by that time?

This is the situation that my wife and I were in.

As others have said, you should file the I-130, I-485 ... - the standard adjustment of status for a spouse in the United States.

Two questions

- when you say his Visa expires in Nov, what do you mean? His I-20 expires in November, his I-94 does?

- how long has he been in the US on this F-1 visa, since his last entry?

Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it first looks.

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This is the situation that my wife and I were in.

As others have said, you should file the I-130, I-485 ... - the standard adjustment of status for a spouse in the United States.

Two questions

- when you say his Visa expires in Nov, what do you mean? His I-20 expires in November, his I-94 does?

- how long has he been in the US on this F-1 visa, since his last entry?

Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it first looks.

He came here in Dec. 2007 on an F-1 visa and has extended the visa a few times already to stay in school. He's been here since then and he just extended it for another 3 months so his last contract is up in Nov. A lot of his family is here too (parents, sisters & cousins). They came years before he did and they are all legal. I know there must be something we can do.

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This is the situation that my wife and I were in.

As others have said, you should file the I-130, I-485 ... - the standard adjustment of status for a spouse in the United States.

Two questions

- when you say his Visa expires in Nov, what do you mean? His I-20 expires in November, his I-94 does?

- how long has he been in the US on this F-1 visa, since his last entry?

Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it first looks.

He came here in Dec. 2007 on an F-1 visa and has extended the visa a few times already to stay in school. He's been here since then and he just extended it for another 3 months so his last contract is up in Nov. A lot of his family is here too (parents, sisters & cousins). They came years before he did and they are all legal. I know there must be something we can do.

You have been told what you can do... and it is the only path to a greencard if you want him to remain in the US during the process

YMMV

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You have been told what you can do... and it is the only path to a greencard if you want him to remain in the US during the process

I know I was just answering JERIII's question. I'm just anxious and excited and nervous at the same time. I want everything to go smoothly and legally ya know? :blush:

Thanks for all your help!!

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A lot of his family is here too (parents, sisters & cousins). They came years before he did and they are all legal.

That brings another question to my mind :

How come any member of his family hasn't petitioned for him to be a Permanent Resident ???????

"Patience is the key to the paradise (US Citizenship, in our case)"

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A lot of his family is here too (parents, sisters & cousins). They came years before he did and they are all legal.

That brings another question to my mind :

How come any member of his family hasn't petitioned for him to be a Permanent Resident ???????

Well I know his parents are still waiting for their green cards. Not sure what kind of visa they have been on though. He didn't come here planning on staying. He came here to see his family and for school and then he met me. The rest is hopefully a beautiful history in the making. :D

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