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Hello all! I'm so excited to have come across this wonderful community! I was wondering if anyone could offer me any personal experience on getting married in Algeria? I'm from the USA and my husband is from Algeria. Me and my husband finished the process of getting approved by the Algerian government/police to get married, so I will be returning to Algeria in March, inshaAllah to sign the official marriage papers with him. Does have any experiences on how this process works? Once we sign the papers, do we get a copy of our marriage certificate right away? I know I will need a translation of the marriage certificate in order to file for the Cr1 visa but I want to know if I will be able to take the marriage certificate home with me on that trip or do I have to wait to receive that copy in the mail when I return to the USA? (I will only be able to stay 5 days because I have to return to my job in the USA). Also, are there any papers that I should start preparing with my husband while I'm there for the Cr1 application before I return back to the USA? We want to start the Cr1 application as soon as possible so I just want to know how to do this as efficiently as possible. Thanks in advance for any help!!

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32 minutes ago, Kani2015 said:

I know I will need a translation of the marriage certificate in order to file for the Cr1 visa but I want to know if I will be able to take the marriage certificate home with me on that trip or do I have to wait to receive that copy in the mail when I return to the USA?

If you have the original marriage certificate, you can make a copy of it and let the translators work from the copy. You don't need to send originals of anything USCIS ever, only send copies.


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Aside from the paperwork, you also need to be prepared for an uphill battle with the embassy there. Algeria is a difficult country for visa approvals. How many times have you met in person? Did you marry on the first visit? You will need to load your petition with as much evidence of time spent together as you can think of. 


 

 

 

 

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Congratulations!
In Morocco it took us almost 3 weeks waiting for the marriage certificate to be done. The very important thing is to double check the documents you have to bring with you from the US.
as certificate of celebrity, birth certificate... and all of these needs to be translated.

https://dz.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/marriage-in-algeria/


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3 hours ago, millefleur said:

If you have the original marriage certificate, you can make a copy of it and let the translators work from the copy. You don't need to send originals of anything USCIS ever, only send copies.

Will they have to be certified copies? If so, how do I go about certifying the copy of my marriage certificate from Algeria?

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3 hours ago, JFH said:

Aside from the paperwork, you also need to be prepared for an uphill battle with the embassy there. Algeria is a difficult country for visa approvals. How many times have you met in person? Did you marry on the first visit? You will need to load your petition with as much evidence of time spent together as you can think of. 

Yes, we know that it is not an easy process but we are in it for the long run :) We will be meeting for the 3rd time in March, that's when we will sign the official marriage papers inshaAllah. Married with a nikah on the first visit but both of our governments do not recognize this marriage until we finish the paper work on our 3rd visit, which will be in March. I have saved all of my plane tickets, memories with him, pictures from our trips, etc. I believe we have a lot of evidence to show of our relationship over the almost 4 years we have been together. 

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3 hours ago, hannahj_11 said:

Congratulations!
In Morocco it took us almost 3 weeks waiting for the marriage certificate to be done. The very important thing is to double check the documents you have to bring with you from the US.
as certificate of celebrity, birth certificate... and all of these needs to be translated.

https://dz.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/marriage-in-algeria/

Thanks so much! Yeah the process for us took a really long time, we started it in August and we got the phone call from the police in Algeria that our application to marry was accepted in December! Thankfully, we finished with all those documents, now we just have to got to the town hall to officially sign the papers to get the marriage certificate. 

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