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Engaged and entering US

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Hi there,

My girlfriend has been in the US for about 4.5 years on an F-1 studying. We have been together for most of that time and we plan to travel to her home country together soon. I plan to get engaged to her in her home country. She then goes back to continue her studies while I travel for another month or so and come back. We have not yet decided where/when we plan to marry (in the US or her home country, etc.) and it will be about 10 days after we get engaged that she returns to the US. We don't plan to marry for 6-8 months after she enters regardless of if it's in the US or abroad.

I am concerned that, if the fact that she's engaged comes to light somehow (either at this POE or at the AOS interview), will she be suspected of dual intent? Will the fact that we have not yet decided on where to marry be enough for her to get out of it?

Thanks!

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Your concerns are absolutely unfounded. Your girlfriend already resides in the USA with permission of the US Government, and the fact that she might get engaged doesn't jeopardize her status in the slightest way.


There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

President Teddy Roosevelt on Columbus Day 1915

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