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Hello VJers!


Getting married should be a step under K-1 before AOS, right?


Just read quite a few stories of VJ about the government possibly being slow to generate marriage certificates (6~8 weeks), which would then delay AOS. So what is the fastest place to get married? (Just trying to get things moving as fast as possible within my power.)


Also, I would like to find a jurisdiction that does not require witnesses in addition to being fast.


Las Vegas?



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Vegas requires a witness, but some of the chapels do allow you to walk your paperwork over to the office yourself once the ceremony is done which can sometimes allow you to get a marriage certificate the same day. 


California allows you to petition to have a special license which would allow you to not have witnesses but I don't know the requirements for the special license. Also not sure on how long they take to send the marriage certificate. 

K-1 Met:2002 Dating :2003 I-129F Sent : 2013-06-01 I-129F NOA2 : 2013-08-20 Medical: 2013-12-20 Interview Date : 2014-01-22 POE: 2014-02-19 Wedding: 2014-03-18

AOS/EAD Date Filed : 2014-04-04 BioAppt: 2014-05-13 EAD in Production: 2014-07-08 Interview date: 2014-07-14 Green Card received: 2014-07-19

ROC Date Filed: 2016-04-26 Cheque Cashed: 2016-05-10 NOA1: 2016-04-28 Biometrics: 2016-06-30 Approved: 11-08-2016 Green Card Received: 11-18-2016


Citizenship Date Filed: 2017-04-18 Cheque Cashed: 2017-04-24- NOA1:2017-04-21  Biometrics: 2017-05-19 Inline: 2017-07-12 Interview Date: 2018-02-13 Oath: 2018-03-15

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Most chapels in Las Vegas offer to witness for you, just tell them right away. The marriage bureau also had someone to witness there if I had made it on time to my appointment, but don't know if it's always available 


i was able to apply online for the marriage license, get it on the same day I got married

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07/09/2018: ROC packet sent with USPS 2-day priority shipping

07/11/2018: ROC packet delivered to the Vermont Service Center

07/16/2018: NOA1 received by mail with 18 months extension (notice date 7/12 and check cashed)

08/07/2018: Biometrics appointment letter received by mail (notice date 7/27)

08/13/2018: Biometrics appointment at east Hartford, ct

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we are in KS.  we went 3rd party to some pastor, vs the judge which would have taken longer to schedule and more expensive. This guy charged us $100. My friend was a witness and the pastors wife.  I filed for a copy w/ the vitals office a few days later and next day aired and didnt take very long to get our BC at all.  No need to jet off to vegas.

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Las Vegas is the fastest city to get married in

12/01/2016 – Petition mailed
12/02/2016 – Petition received
12/07/2016 – NOA1 (text/email)
12/09/2016 – NOA1 (hard copy)
03/13/2017 – NOA2 (text/email) 102 days
03/16/2017 – NOA2 (hard copy)
03/23/2017 – NVC Received
03/31/2017 – US Embassy Received
04/18/2017 – DS-160 – Done
04/19/2017 – Visa Paid £217.30
04/19/2017 – Carrier Paid £18.00
04/24/2017 – NVC (hard copy)
04/28/2017 – Knightsbridge – Bentinck Mansions £290
05/12/2017 – Embassy Interview (Knightsbridge error cause delay)
05/22/2017 – Embassy (approved)
06/21/2017 – Arrived @ POE (Newark)
08/03/2017 – AoS mailed ($1140 & $85)
08/07/2017 – AoS received 
08/15/2017 – NOA1 – AoS Biometrics, Work Authorization & Travel Document
08/21/2017 – AoS, Work & Travel (hard copy)
09/05/2017 – AoS RFE (case status)
09/08/2017 – Biometrics (done)
09/18/2017 – RFE Received (text/email)
11/03/2017 – NOA2 – Work Authorization, Travel Document (text/email)
11/10/2017 – NOA2 – Work Authorization, Travel Document (hard copy)
11/20/2017 - EAD combo card (hard copy)
01/19/2018 - Change of Address (submitted)
02/05/2018 - Changed off Address (accepted/hard copy)
03/22/2018 - NOA2 AoS/Interview (Case Status)
03/28/2018 - NOA2 AoS/Interview (hard copy) 237 days
04/30/2018 - Interview Date @ 0800
04/30/2018 - RFE Received (Knightsbridge Error: Incomplete medical)
05/19/2018 - RFE Mailed (New Medical) $225
05/21/2018 - RFE (delivered w/ sign confirmation)
06/01/2018 - Green card received (mail) and e-Notifications


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Like others have said, Clark County in Nevada is quick and sweet.  But there is a long list of places where it is easy and quick to get a marriage license.  San Francisco, Los Angeles even NYC is easy (24 hour waiting period for NYC).  There is a long list of places that only require a 3 day waiting period, Orlando and Seattle to name two. 


Since there is a long list of places where it is easy to get married, there are two main questions I would ask:


1.  Do they only require an ID and payment to apply for a marriage license?  If they require a blood test, former divorce decrees etc etc. it then no longer is easy anymore.

2.  Can you pick up your marriage certificate the same day or within a reasonable time period?  Some clerk of courts will hand you the marriage certificate while you wait.


Good luck!  And please report back on what you decide to do.       

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