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Hi I am new here and I need your help. In 12/02 i met my now husband on line. We had lots of things in common including education. At the time I was taking an online course, and I found it quite difficult not have a teacher and all. We spoke some more and he looked in to a college in his home town. On one of my visits he took me by the college and I fell in love with it. It had the small teacher/student ratio I was looking for. He asked me to marry him the first time we met, I didnt believe of course because he hardly knew me. That was in 1/03 then he proposes again in 4/03 with a ring this time. I had already applied to school and I really didnt know what to do. I was very unsure about the whole situation so that is why I didn't go the K1 route, plus I already applied for the F1. I moved down 7/03 and started school. Once I am here he continues to ask me to marry him. I would tell him later, not now I am not ready and he would get upset with me. So finally in 11/03 he asked me again that morning and I agreed. We went to the court house just him and I. I filed for AOS a couple month after and now I am comming up to my interview shortly. I am concerned that the immigration officer might precieve this as visa fraud. I am still in school and working part time. It's really hard to get to know someone when you live thousands of miles away. I really didnt know where this would go and I was afraid of getting hurt again. Please let me know if you would consider this fraud and if so what can be done about it. I do have a valid marriage, I am just very scared that i will have a lifetime ban and that my AOS will be denied.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada

While I can't say what a visa officer will say, it sounds to me like you have a valid marriage entered into for the right reasons and not for the purpose of evading US immigration. You took your time to determine what you really wanted and instead of saying yes right awayk, chose to come to the US via another legal route as a student. During this time you maintained the relationship, got to know your now husband better and married when you felt comfortable with the decision, still maintaining your status as a student. As long as you are not trying to use marriage to a US citizen as a means to stay in the United States you are not commiting marriage fraud. Relax:-) - you are still together, you are still a student and you have a valid marriage. I don't think USCIS are going to have any problems. Good luck with your interview:-) and just bring evidence that you are indeed living in the same household, sharing life and its various responsibilities as a married couple.

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