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Marriage certificate - getting married tomorrow

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Hi everyone,

I just wanted a little advice regarding what we should do when it comes to obtaining the marriage certificate.

I arrived in the US on 24th April and we are getting married at the courthouse tomorrow morning (having a big wedding in October) so that we can fulfill the 90 day requirement.

However, when we went to the courthouse last week to obtain the marriage license, the lady behind the kiosk told us it can take 4-6 weeks to receive the marriage certificate. We were shocked at this as we thought doing it this way would be quicker and we could file AOS before the 90 days is over. Looking at the dates, on the worst case scenario of 6 weeks, it is cutting it fine with timing when it comes to getting the AOS paperwork mailed off. July 22nd is the date I need to be married by which will be fine but the filing of AOS, if what I have read is correct, could put me into illegal status. Is this correct?

Does anyone know if there is a way of expediting the marriage certificate? Or if this will jeopardize our AOS filing at all?

Charlotte

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As long as you are married within the 90 day period it is fine. You will be out of status but it will be forgiven as soon as you file. I have seen post where people waited years. Just file for AOS as soon as you get the certificate.

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I would play the immigration card with the lady and make it sound urgent that you have it to file your papers. She likely doesn't know any better. Then ask how you can get it expedited. It's just a matter of getting somebody to record the marriage instead of putting it in their "to do" pile. Look desperate and talk a good game.


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We filed our AOS just under two months after our wedding, do it before your medical expires other wise you will need to retake it which is another added expense. :)



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Sounds like your county is one who sends all certificates to the state and you will need to get it from the state / just a guess really

as my certificates are all kept by county but my friiend was delayed as her state kept the certificates and after the marriage she had to wait about 5 weeks for paperwork to get to the state government offices to get her certificate

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Thank you everyone for your replies!

I knew that I had seen people say they filed after the 90 days so wasn't too worried but just wanted to clarify!

I will try to speak to the lady but she seemed very adamant on the process unfortunately!

She did say she would give me a copy of the documentation they fill out on the day to prove that we were there on that day and got married so we will see what that looks like.

By the sounds of it I think they do send off all the documentation and don't deal with the certificates directly which is frustrating! I live in Florida. Has anyone else in Florida had the same situation?

Charlotte

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Did you tell her it was for immigration process and you want it as soon as possible? It could be that they don't deal with the certificates it could also be that she didn't know about your immigration process and just figured you were anxious.






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Yeah we told her and explained the situation and she could see we were a little concerned but did not bat an eyelid so I think she either didn't care or there are no expediting services that they offer. We will mention again when we go tomorrow and hope for the best.

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Can you go to a different county? Can you offer to "walk" the license to the clerk's office to get recorded faster?


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We got married in St. Augustine, Florida (St. John's County), and we were able to get several certified copies of the marriage certificate right then and there. I second the suggestion of trying a different county if you are in a hurry to file for AOS.


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Hello Charlotte.

I also live in Florida. In our local district court (Coral Gables, Miami-Dade county) if you get married on site by the clerk of courts, you can ask for your marriage certificates on that same day. I got 3, 10$ a piece, just in case, the day we married.

Good luck and congratulations!

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Hi nicvel

That's a little frustrating to know since we are only in broward and could of gone to Miami-dade if we had of known! Haha but thank you anyway.

It seems there is no way to expedite but the guy who did the ceremony did give us a copy of the document. I don't think it's certified though.

Thank you all for your congratulations, looking forward to married life!

Charlotte

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