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Hi -- new to the journey, only a couple weeks in.... I had a question about religious marriages. If someone goes to a foreign country and has a marriage ceremony in a mosque, does that have an effect on the K-1 visa if they choose to keep that private and separate for the actual civil union to take place in 5 months, inshallah?

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Could result in K1 visa being denied if discovered.


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K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                                AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/08/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       

 

ROC from K-1 + K-2:

12/08/18....ROC window opens

12/13/18....I-751 mailed to Lewisville, TX

12/14/18....Delivered at Lewisville, TX

12/20/18....Text with case number. TX service center

12/24/18....NOA1/Extension letter received

 

 

 

 

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I can't for the life of me understand why this would have anything to do with the K-1... I thought the whole process was to just make sure that the two people loved each other --- and that they would good people that could afford to be together.

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And to get married in the USA.....a significant requirement of the K1. If you wanted to have "a marriage ceremony in a mosque in a foreign country" then you choose the CR1 route.

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I can't for the life of me understand why this would have anything to do with the K-1... I thought the whole process was to just make sure that the two people loved each other --- and that they would good people that could afford to be together.

This is because K-1 is only for people who are not married. A religious wedding ceremony can be considered as a marriage by US immigration officials. If you have done this ceremony already, then you should not file a K-1, you should file the I-130 instead as a married person for your spouse. Be sure to do the civil wedding, as well.

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Hi -- new to the journey, only a couple weeks in.... I had a question about religious marriages. If someone goes to a foreign country and has a marriage ceremony in a mosque, does that have an effect on the K-1 visa if they choose to keep that private and separate for the actual civil union to take place in 5 months, inshallah?

If you get married while waiting on your K1 you will not be granted a visa as it is for fiance's not married couples. You'd have to file for a spousal visa.

You can get married in the US, file for AOS and travel authorization and then go back to whatever the foreign country is and have another ceremony there.






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Hi -- new to the journey, only a couple weeks in.... I had a question about religious marriages. If someone goes to a foreign country and has a marriage ceremony in a mosque, does that have an effect on the K-1 visa if they choose to keep that private and separate for the actual civil union to take place in 5 months, inshallah?

Welcome to the forum.

You said it all in your first posting, if you have a marriage ceremony, then you no longer qualified for a K1 Foreign Fiance(e) visa. But rather you do qualify for a CR1 Spouse Visa since you are married.

Additionally, consider reviewing the Form I-129F Alien Fiancee Visa Petition Instructions:

You may file this petition if you are a U.S. citizen and:

  1. You and your fiancé(e):

    a. Intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé's admission to United States and you are both free to marry;

REF: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-129finstr.pdf

Good luck on your immigration journey.

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If it's just a religious ceremony and they do not file any paperwork with the courts then it is not a legal or valid marriage in the U.S. But if they file paperwork where it results in a marriage certificate being issued then you have to do the spousal visa. That was our plan to do but they filed the paperwork so we were legally married. 

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