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Hey Everyone,

My fiance and I were just approved for our K1 visa and are getting ready for POE and the wedding. We plan to get married in Pennsylvania, where his family lives, then fly home to where he lives and works in Arizona, where we would be filing for AOS.

We would like to use the Self-Officiated marriage option that PA allows, but I'm concerned it could cause problems with the AOS because we will be living in a state that does not have a self-officiating option. Will it be okay? I assume the license would be valid anywhere in the US, but do you think it will cause us any problems compared to a normal one?

Our ceremony will just be a tiny one at his aunt's house, with only immediate family there, but we will have the actual wedding dress and cake and such, so there will be photos showing that it was a "real" wedding. Just no officiant (pastor, judge, etc).

Any advice?

Thanks.


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Jan 3, 2012 - Met in a random Google+ hangout

May 23 - May 27, 2012 - Met in person for the first time

Nov 30 - Dec 10, 2012 - Second visit, my first trip to the US!

Apr 13 - Apr 30, 2013 - Third visit and now officially engaged

May 1st, 2013 - I-129F package sent

May 7th, 2013 - NOA1 email notice received

May 13th, 2013 - Hardcopy NOA1 received

Jun 29 - Jul 7, 2013 - Visited me in Canada for my birthday

Aug 1st, 2013 - NOA2! (Email & Text)

Dec 11th, 2013 - Interview in Montreal: APPROVED!

Dec 18th, 2013 - CEAC status changed from AP to Issued

Dec 12nd, 2013 - Email from Loomis that Visa was picked up at consulate

Dec 27th, 2013 - Visa in hand!

Dec 29th, 2013 - POE together <3

Jan 3rd, 2014 - Married!

K1 Visa total time: 241 days from mailing i-129F to visa in hand.

AOS Timeline:

Apr 26th, 2014 - I-485 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox, including EAD and AP applications

May 1st, 2014 - NOA1 received for I-485, EAD, and AP

May 27th, 2014 - Biometrics appointment

Aug 12th, 2014 - Interview & Approval

AOS total time: 109 days from mailing I-485 to approval.

ROC Timeline:

May 24th, 2016 - I-751 Package sent to CSC

May 26th, 2016 - NOA1 receipt date

June 3rd, 2016 - NOA1 received in mail

July 28th, 2016 - Biometrics letter received, appointment for Aug 12th

July 29th, 2016 - Biometrics completed after walking-in early

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I have no advice, but just wanted to say that's so interesting that it's allowed there--probably because of the Quaker origins in that state. And common sense suggests that it should be no problem with re: to AOS.

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Provided your marriage was legal under the laws of the state in which you married then it shouldn't be an issue. People marry in one state and live in another all the time. Just make sure there is no residency requirement that you need to meet, or if there is, that you do meet it.

From cursory Google searching it seems that not all counties in PA will issue a self-uniting marriage licence, so you should check with the clerk of the county in which you wish to marry that this is something they offer.

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I have no advice, but just wanted to say that's so interesting that it's allowed there--probably because of the Quaker origins in that state. And common sense suggests that it should be no problem with re: to AOS.

Yes, it's because of the Quaker origins. I think it's a pretty cool option. :)

Provided your marriage was legal under the laws of the state in which you married then it shouldn't be an issue. People marry in one state and live in another all the time. Just make sure there is no residency requirement that you need to meet, or if there is, that you do meet it.

From cursory Google searching it seems that not all counties in PA will issue a self-uniting marriage licence, so you should check with the clerk of the county in which you wish to marry that this is something they offer.

Cool, thanks. I'll look further into it. I've never even been to PA, so have very little knowledge of the laws and had no idea it wasn't state-wide. Worst case, we'll just get it done at the court house or wherever, if not. :)


~ I am the Beneficiary ~

K1 Visa/Relationship Timeline:

Jan 3, 2012 - Met in a random Google+ hangout

May 23 - May 27, 2012 - Met in person for the first time

Nov 30 - Dec 10, 2012 - Second visit, my first trip to the US!

Apr 13 - Apr 30, 2013 - Third visit and now officially engaged

May 1st, 2013 - I-129F package sent

May 7th, 2013 - NOA1 email notice received

May 13th, 2013 - Hardcopy NOA1 received

Jun 29 - Jul 7, 2013 - Visited me in Canada for my birthday

Aug 1st, 2013 - NOA2! (Email & Text)

Dec 11th, 2013 - Interview in Montreal: APPROVED!

Dec 18th, 2013 - CEAC status changed from AP to Issued

Dec 12nd, 2013 - Email from Loomis that Visa was picked up at consulate

Dec 27th, 2013 - Visa in hand!

Dec 29th, 2013 - POE together <3

Jan 3rd, 2014 - Married!

K1 Visa total time: 241 days from mailing i-129F to visa in hand.

AOS Timeline:

Apr 26th, 2014 - I-485 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox, including EAD and AP applications

May 1st, 2014 - NOA1 received for I-485, EAD, and AP

May 27th, 2014 - Biometrics appointment

Aug 12th, 2014 - Interview & Approval

AOS total time: 109 days from mailing I-485 to approval.

ROC Timeline:

May 24th, 2016 - I-751 Package sent to CSC

May 26th, 2016 - NOA1 receipt date

June 3rd, 2016 - NOA1 received in mail

July 28th, 2016 - Biometrics letter received, appointment for Aug 12th

July 29th, 2016 - Biometrics completed after walking-in early

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