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Elaborate Marriage Necessary?

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First of all, thank you for your wonderful information yesterday. We are on the right path.

I'm not sure this is the right forum, but it's in regards to marriage.

So my Fiancee is here in the USA and we are going to apply for AOS. We realize we need to get married. However, we aren't ready to have the big elaborate wedding just yet because we want to save for that. We instead were thinking to just go to city hall and do the legal marriage first and then do an elaborate wedding later.

Is there anything wrong with this? Will doing it this way hurt us at any point during the AOS process? I guess i'm just concerned that USCIS may view it as a sham, because we didn't have the big crazy wedding with all family and friends present.

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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That's exactly what we did. Makes no difference to USCIS so long as you're legally married and have the certified marriage certificate to prove it.


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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Nothing wrong with it at all.

All they care about is the marriage certificate.

We had a civil ceramony, my husband never wanted a big wedding, hes very private like that. No one person, or government can force you to go out and spend thousands of dollars on a wedding. Alot of people here also do the civil wedding, and plan the big party later. One reason for this, is that your bene cant leave the USA .. so no honeymoon in Cancun lets say. So people wait for the AOS so they can do these other things.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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married is married

You can have a ceremony with 300 people or 7 (like us in city hall)

married is married

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Nope, fiance can leave at any time.

however, to be admitted back into the US, she'll need her green card or her advanced parole (filed for during AOS)

If she leaves without these documents, you guys abandone your AOS process and will have to start all over again with a spousal visa

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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