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Getting Married on F1 to American then moving abroad after the wedding

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Here is our situation.

I have been living in the states attending university since August 2010. I am a Canadian on an F1 visa.

This last december I proposed to my American girlfriend, (who I met in August 2010, starting dating in December 2010), in europe, we flew back to Canada for Christmas to see my family, then came into America together, me on my student visa to continue school.

At that point we were unsure of when or where we would get married, but I was going to continue school.

We are now having our wedding in Texas in June this year. Immediately after we will be moving to the Philippines for at least 6 months or more. I will be continuing my degree online,

as well as doing local mission work.

My questions are:

What do I need to know?

Is it okay for us to get married while I'm on a student visa?

Is there any kind of adjustment of status I need to do now or later?

Is there anything we need to prepare now?

Is there any marriage/ wedding related documents or procedures I need to know or follow?

When we decide to come back to the States, whether visiting or moving, what will we need to do, and should we start that process immediately when we get to the Philippines?

Any help is greatly appreciated. We have been trying to get ahold of USCIS on the phone but its proving a difficult task

Thanks again


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Firstly, have you verified with your DSO that you can finish your degree online? Many American unversities will not allow an F-1 to do more than 1 or 2 online classes.

If you do not plan on staying in the US after you marry, then there is nothing for you to do now.

You will, however, be required to have your spousal visa before you return.

Good luck

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