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Marry my Nigerian Fiance in Canada?

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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My Nigerian Fiance's K1 visa was denied and the petition is being sent back to the States.

Rather than going through the process of re-affirming the petition and risk the K1 being denied again, we've decided to get married and file a petition for him to join me via an IR-1 visa.

My question is this - Do we have to get married in Nigeria for the petition to be valid or can we get married in Canada (I live in NY only a 5 hour drive from Montreal) so my kids can attend the wedding? Will a Canadian marriage certificate be valid in filing a petition when he's called into the Lagos Embassy for an interview?

Thanks for any info that anyone may have :)


CR-1 VISA

2010-06-01: Get Married!!!

2010-06-15: Mail out I-130 - Petition for Alien Relative

2010-06-22: I-130 NOA1
2010-09-30: I-130 NOA2
2011-01-26: Interview - APPROVED! (7 months, 4 days)
2011-02-02: Visa issued and in hand!
2011-02-25: POE - JFK (New York City)
2011-03-14: Received Conditional Green Card
2011-04-01: Received SS Card
2012-03-25: Our son is born!

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2012-11-27: Mail out I-751 - Removal of conditions
2012-12-03: I-751 NOA1
2013-01-17: Biometrics

2013-05-13: I-751 Approved

2013-05-17: Received 10 year Green Card

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2013-11-27: Naturalization Eligibility (3 years based on marriage)

2013-11-29: Mail out N-400 - Application for Naturalization

2013-12-03: N-400 NOA1

2013-12-06: Check Cashed

2013-12-31: Biometrics

2014-01-27: Place In-Line for Interview

2014-03-28: Interview Scheduled

2014-04-04: Interview Letter Received

2014-05-06: Interview

2014-05-12: N-400 Approved and Oath Date Scheduled

2014-05-22: Oath Ceremony - Become a naturalized citizen!!!

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My Nigerian Fiance's K1 visa was denied and the petition is being sent back to the States.

Rather than going through the process of re-affirming the petition and risk the K1 being denied again, we've decided to get married and file a petition for him to join me via an IR-1 visa.

My question is this - Do we have to get married in Nigeria for the petition to be valid or can we get married in Canada (I live in NY only a 5 hour drive from Montreal) so my kids can attend the wedding? Will a Canadian marriage certificate be valid in filing a petition when he's called into the Lagos Embassy for an interview?

Thanks for any info that anyone may have :)

If your Nigerian fiance can get to Canada (big if generally) AND you can arrange to accomplish a marriage between two foreigners (another question entirely) they YES, married is married. However, "married" does not always overcome the issues that caused the K1 denial in the first place. Those must be understood clearly and effectively dealt with regardless.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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Canada is just as difficult for Nigerians to get visa to. You may want to consider a visa free country.

The reason we chose Canada was because I could drive there with my kids and they would be able to be present at my wedding. If it's going to be so difficult for him to get a tourist visa to Canada (does he still need a letter of invitation to go there even if he's just a tourist?), I might as well make another - the 5th - trip to Nigeria and do it there already.


CR-1 VISA

2010-06-01: Get Married!!!

2010-06-15: Mail out I-130 - Petition for Alien Relative

2010-06-22: I-130 NOA1
2010-09-30: I-130 NOA2
2011-01-26: Interview - APPROVED! (7 months, 4 days)
2011-02-02: Visa issued and in hand!
2011-02-25: POE - JFK (New York City)
2011-03-14: Received Conditional Green Card
2011-04-01: Received SS Card
2012-03-25: Our son is born!

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2012-11-27: Mail out I-751 - Removal of conditions
2012-12-03: I-751 NOA1
2013-01-17: Biometrics

2013-05-13: I-751 Approved

2013-05-17: Received 10 year Green Card

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2013-11-27: Naturalization Eligibility (3 years based on marriage)

2013-11-29: Mail out N-400 - Application for Naturalization

2013-12-03: N-400 NOA1

2013-12-06: Check Cashed

2013-12-31: Biometrics

2014-01-27: Place In-Line for Interview

2014-03-28: Interview Scheduled

2014-04-04: Interview Letter Received

2014-05-06: Interview

2014-05-12: N-400 Approved and Oath Date Scheduled

2014-05-22: Oath Ceremony - Become a naturalized citizen!!!

OUR VISA JOURNEY IS OFFICIALLY OVER!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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I used to chat with a woman there with a Nigerian fiance and she couldn't get him a visitors visa.

here is the link to the requirements, Canadian visas

I think you are not going to get it but if you have the money to spare then try. Remember without a person he is visiting he will have to show more for his ability to pay for his vacation and even stronger ties to Nigeria.


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