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Filed: Other Country: South Africa
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My fiance' and I are currently living in Costa Rica.

I am American and he is from South Africa.

He has a tourist visa for the USA to enter 6 months at a time and he has had the visa for over 2 years.

We plan on returning to the states this summer and getting married, then applying for a Visa.

We have heard many stories that this is not ok (Visa fraud) as well as that it is possible to marry while he is on a Traveler's Visa.

Any advice on the subject?

Also, if we get married here in Costa Rica and apply for a K-3 do I have to return to the United States? Or can we both stay here in Costa Rica and wait out the Process??

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You are free to marry in the US as long as he leaves afterwards and you then apply for a spouse visa. I do not believe you are required to be in the US during this process, however it may cause issues with regards to a mailing address, proof of income/financial support etc...


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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
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Yeah there's nothing wrong with marrying in the US as long as you don't plan on staying there and applying for AOS. And it's true you don't have to be in the US during all the processing. Just be sure to be prepared to provide a decent pile of evidence that you've maintained domicile in the US. (drivers license, car, bank accounts, VISA cards, etc.)


Myself: US citizen; Husband: German citizen

TransferWise Invitation Link: (first wire transfer is free) https://transferwise.com/u/eec50

(B-2 Journey):

 

 

-(then fiance) H-2B work visa application terminated due to qualification difficulties in Aug. 2010.

-(then fiance) B-2 tourist visa denied due to lack of strong ties to Germany in Sept. 2010.
-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
-B-2 tourist visa approved on Nov. 16, 2012!

 

(IR-1 Journey):

 

 

-Extended German residence permit obtained Aug. 23, 2014. (to qualify for DCF)

-Husband's new German passport picked up Aug. 28, 2014. (Old one expires 2015)

-I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt (DCF) Aug. 29, 2014!

-NOA1 issued Sept. 9, 2014 (received Sept.13)

-RFE regarding evidence of bona fide marriage received along with NOA1

-RFE reply packet sent to Frankfurt Sept. 30, 2014

-E-mail response (NOA2) received by USCIS Frankfurt on Oct. 23, 2014 (Petition APPROVED Oct. 20!!!) :dancing:

-Paper NOA2 received in the mail Oct. 29, 2014

-Case number assigned by IV unit Oct. 30, 2014 (Received by email Nov. 3)

-Paper "Packet 3" arrived in mail Nov. 4, 2014

-DS-260 and Document Delivery Registration submitted to Frankfurt Nov. 4, 2014

-Mailed in priority date request found on Packet 3 to IV Unit Nov. 5, 2014

-IV ("Packet 3") package sent to Frankfurt Nov. 17, 2014

-Medical completed by Frankfurt panel physician Nov. 17, 2014

-Received "Packet 4" via e-mail Nov. 20, 2014

-Interview booked for Dec. 3, 2014 (booked Nov. 21, 2014 after email authorization received)
-Visa approved, issued AND picked up by the courier all within 7 hours, Dec. 3, 2014
:dance:

-Visa packet arrived in the mail Dec. 4, 2014

-Visa packet had to be returned to Frankfurt for correction on Immigrant Data Summary sheet (wrong birthplace listed) Dec. 5, 2014

-Corrected visa packet received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014

-$165 Immigrant fee paid Dec. 11, 2014

-POE (through Dublin, Ireland) Jan. 18, 2015

-Registered manually for social security Jan. 27, 2015

-Social security card arrived within 2 weeks after applying in person/green card arrived within 30 days after entering U.S.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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My fiance' and I are currently living in Costa Rica.

I am American and he is from South Africa.

He has a tourist visa for the USA to enter 6 months at a time and he has had the visa for over 2 years.

We plan on returning to the states this summer and getting married, then applying for a Visa.

We have heard many stories that this is not ok (Visa fraud) as well as that it is possible to marry while he is on a Traveler's Visa.

Any advice on the subject?

Also, if we get married here in Costa Rica and apply for a K-3 do I have to return to the United States? Or can we both stay here in Costa Rica and wait out the Process??

What is his status in CR?

K3 is effectively dead. See Cr1.

Many people marry as visits in the US. Las Vegas baby!.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Filed: Country: Vietnam
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You are allowed to get married in the US on a tourist visa and return home to file for the CR/1. Nothing wrong with it.

Why bring up domicile when it wasn't part of the original question and get someone worried over nothing. I have a state issued drivers license, PO Box and pay state income tax. I live in Vietnam and work overseas. Domicile has never even been questioned. You can file for the CR/1 from overseas with no issue.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
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They asked if they can both wait together in the beneficiary's country during the process, so of course giving them advice regarding domicile wouldn't hurt. There's no need for them to "worry" as you're freaking out about. If I were them I'd rather know ahead of time rather than to learn that I don't have any domicile proof when Packet 3 arrives.


Myself: US citizen; Husband: German citizen

TransferWise Invitation Link: (first wire transfer is free) https://transferwise.com/u/eec50

(B-2 Journey):

 

 

-(then fiance) H-2B work visa application terminated due to qualification difficulties in Aug. 2010.

-(then fiance) B-2 tourist visa denied due to lack of strong ties to Germany in Sept. 2010.
-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
-B-2 tourist visa approved on Nov. 16, 2012!

 

(IR-1 Journey):

 

 

-Extended German residence permit obtained Aug. 23, 2014. (to qualify for DCF)

-Husband's new German passport picked up Aug. 28, 2014. (Old one expires 2015)

-I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt (DCF) Aug. 29, 2014!

-NOA1 issued Sept. 9, 2014 (received Sept.13)

-RFE regarding evidence of bona fide marriage received along with NOA1

-RFE reply packet sent to Frankfurt Sept. 30, 2014

-E-mail response (NOA2) received by USCIS Frankfurt on Oct. 23, 2014 (Petition APPROVED Oct. 20!!!) :dancing:

-Paper NOA2 received in the mail Oct. 29, 2014

-Case number assigned by IV unit Oct. 30, 2014 (Received by email Nov. 3)

-Paper "Packet 3" arrived in mail Nov. 4, 2014

-DS-260 and Document Delivery Registration submitted to Frankfurt Nov. 4, 2014

-Mailed in priority date request found on Packet 3 to IV Unit Nov. 5, 2014

-IV ("Packet 3") package sent to Frankfurt Nov. 17, 2014

-Medical completed by Frankfurt panel physician Nov. 17, 2014

-Received "Packet 4" via e-mail Nov. 20, 2014

-Interview booked for Dec. 3, 2014 (booked Nov. 21, 2014 after email authorization received)
-Visa approved, issued AND picked up by the courier all within 7 hours, Dec. 3, 2014
:dance:

-Visa packet arrived in the mail Dec. 4, 2014

-Visa packet had to be returned to Frankfurt for correction on Immigrant Data Summary sheet (wrong birthplace listed) Dec. 5, 2014

-Corrected visa packet received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014

-$165 Immigrant fee paid Dec. 11, 2014

-POE (through Dublin, Ireland) Jan. 18, 2015

-Registered manually for social security Jan. 27, 2015

-Social security card arrived within 2 weeks after applying in person/green card arrived within 30 days after entering U.S.

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Filed: Country: Monaco
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Entering the US and marrying on a tourist visa is not considered visa fraud. Entering the US, marrying on a tourist visa with the intent to stay and apply for a greencard however, is considered immigration fraud. If you get married and leave the US there is no fraud. People do it all the time.

You can marry in the US or any other country. The US government recognizes you marriage no matter where it was celebrated. Regardless of where you marry, as you move along his CR visa process - immigrant visa for spouses of US citizens - you, the petitioner, will have to provide the USCIS with evidence of US residence and income, which means that at some point you will need to re-establish your residence in the US, and therefore leave Costa Rica, move back stateside, get a job, etc. In essence the idea is that you become a full time US resident which entails being separated for a period of time. If your boyfriend's visa is still valid, he can come visit as he did before but he may not be able to stay with you here for the entire duration of the process.

If you're quick on your heels the entire process should last about 12-14 months, so chances are you'd need to get back in the US 3-4 months into the process.

Congrats and good luck!

My fiance' and I are currently living in Costa Rica.

I am American and he is from South Africa.

He has a tourist visa for the USA to enter 6 months at a time and he has had the visa for over 2 years.

We plan on returning to the states this summer and getting married, then applying for a Visa.

We have heard many stories that this is not ok (Visa fraud) as well as that it is possible to marry while he is on a Traveler's Visa.

Any advice on the subject?

Also, if we get married here in Costa Rica and apply for a K-3 do I have to return to the United States? Or can we both stay here in Costa Rica and wait out the Process??

Edited by JohnR!

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