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I am an U.S citizen for many years. I fall in love with an international student who i want to marry to. Ofcourse, i want to help her with her tuition too since she has to pay a lot for it. I rather she saves her money for us then spending so much on such a case. What sort of thing do i need to know. Is there any laws that i need to pay full attention too because i heard my friends say that there is a new law that when a citizen marry to an international student, they will export the international student back to his/her own country, and i have to travel overthere to do all the paper work. I have to file all the paper work and bring her back into the United State. Is this correct or i can just do all the paper work here in the U.S without such stupid case. All i have to is doing the paper work in the U.S and she will get her paper over a period of time, 6 months or so.?

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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I am an U.S citizen for many years. I fall in love with an international student who i want to marry to. Ofcourse, i want to help her with her tuition too since she has to pay a lot for it. I rather she saves her money for us then spending so much on such a case. What sort of thing do i need to know. Is there any laws that i need to pay full attention too because i heard my friends say that there is a new law that when a citizen marry to an international student, they will export the international student back to his/her own country, and i have to travel overthere to do all the paper work. I have to file all the paper work and bring her back into the United State. Is this correct or i can just do all the paper work here in the U.S without such stupid case. All i have to is doing the paper work in the U.S and she will get her paper over a period of time, 6 months or so.?

You should stop listening to your friends.

You file an I-130 and your wife files an I-485, all at the same time. She does not have to leave and can remain until a decision is made.


YMMV

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Brazil
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And the key thing here is that you get married first.

One question: Did you know your wife before she came to the US as a student? Or did you two meet while she was studying and fell in love then and decided to get married?


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Belarus
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I am an U.S citizen for many years. .............. All i have to is doing the paper work in the U.S and she will get her paper over a period of time, 6 months or so.?

Read this article before proceeding on your own ...

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This is short excerpt;

Immigration attorneys have an obligation to ask the proper questions before beginning a new case. I recommend that immigration attorneys have potential clients complete a multi-page consultation form before interviewing them. The attorney and the client should discuss the case in some detail before formulating a strategy. Attorneys should remember that we are the immigration experts, and that our clients do not always raise the right questions. We are not merely paper pushers. We are professionals charged with fulfilling our clients' wishes to the best of our ability.

- This article originally appeared as "Practice Pointers: A Good Attorney Asks a Lot of Questions - 15 Bender's Immig. Bull. 201 (Feb. 1, 2010)"

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Brazil
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Hmmm...brokenfamily, I fail to see how that is helpful. No one said anything about going to an immigration attorney, but thanks anyway I guess.

@essencex: the reason I asked is because if you get married first without applying for some sort of marriage visa that's okay, as long as you can prove that you didn't bring your girlfriend to the states for THAT purpose. You understand? For example, if your gf got a student visa/tourist visa FOR THE PURPOSE of marrying you, then they lied when they said at the border (or visa interview) that they were not intending to immigrate and this can cause problems like you mentioned in the original post (like deportation, delaying of permanent visa, ect). However, if your gf came to the US without planning on marrying you, and while there decided on getting married, you should have no issues applying for the I-130 like payxibka said (and probably your gf will never have to leave the US between now and when the final green card is given).

Anyway, so if your gf and you didn't even meet until AFTER she was already in the US, then that's undeniable proof that you two didn't plan on getting married BEFORE she entered the US, understand? But if you knew her before she came to the US, you need to make sure you have lots of proof that you guys weren't planning on getting married before she arrived.

Good luck!

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N-400 Naturalization Process

June 25, 2013 --Qualified for Citizenship!

October 12, 2017 --Electronically filed

October 13, 2017 --NOA1

October 31, 2017 --Biometrics Appointment -ATL

ROC

April 5, 2012 --Sent I-751 to Vermont Service Center

May 21, 2012 --Biometric Appointment at ATL office

December 12, 2012 --10 year Green Card in hand

DCF Process

October 10, 2009 --Married in São Paulo

January 14, 2010 --Filed I-130 at São Paulo Consulate for DCF

May 17, 2010 --VISA IN HAND!

June 24, 2010 --POE in Atlanta

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