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Hello, I am new to all of this and VERY confused! 

 

I have a stupid question to start with. 

 

I am a US citizen, my partner is a UK citizen. We have been working with a lawyer, but I wanted to ask here as well.

 

We have been told we need to marry in a 3rd country. But we are VERY unclear about the process of actually getting married. 

 

1. Where should we get married?

2. What do we need to do once + where we get married?

 

Thank you. I pray for help and support. 

 

Eugenia 

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6 minutes ago, ETintheUS said:

Hello, I am new to all of this and VERY confused! 

 

I have a stupid question to start with. 

 

I am a US citizen, my partner is a UK citizen. We have been working with a lawyer, but I wanted to ask here as well.

 

We have been told we need to marry in a 3rd country. But we are VERY unclear about the process of actually getting married. 

 

1. Where should we get married?

2. What do we need to do once + where we get married?

 

Thank you. I pray for help and support. 

 

Eugenia 

You can get married anywhere. Wouldn't know why you couldn't get married in the UK or the US. 

 

After getting married you have to file for CR1, guide https://www.visajourney.com/cr1-ir1-spousal-visa/.

 

Please make sure you are very familiar with this process before you get married and file. RFE's / denials are easily avoidable as long as you know the process. Don't just go with what a lawyer says, make sure to cover your own butt in this process.

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Also, unless you have a complicated case you do not need a lawyer. If you marry in the USA, your fiancé(e)would come to the USA, you would get married and then your spouse would leave and you would apply for the CR-1. I would not suggest that your fiancé(e) lie to immigration upon entry. Fiancé(e) should bring proof of ties to their country to prove that they will go back after getting married. 


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2 minutes ago, ETintheUS said:

We are not applying for fiancee, we would apply for Spouse Visa from abroad. I haven't filled out timeline, as we have yet to get married. 

So do you live with your partner in the UK?

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Just now, ETintheUS said:

No. I live in the US and he in the UK. We have been visiting via ESTA. We're told NOT to get married whilst visiting on ESTA. 

Marrying whilst visiting on an ESTA is legal, as long as the alien partner returns home and does not try to adjust status.  You would then file for a CR-1 visa, which is currently taking about one year.  Your spouse would have the green card straight away and be able to work.

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1 minute ago, ETintheUS said:

I'm so confused. We've seen 2 different lawyers for 2 different opinions and both encouraged a 3rd country marriage. 

Most people do not need a lawyer for this process.  VJ is full of folks who have been through it and have years of experience with US immigration.

 

As I said, it is perfectly legal for a person with an ESTA to enter the US with the intent of marrying, as long as the plan is solidly to return home after.  The problems occur when suddenly the plan changes into adjusting status instead.  That is immigration fraud.

 

 

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26 minutes ago, ETintheUS said:

No. I live in the US and he in the UK. We have been visiting via ESTA. We're told NOT to get married whilst visiting on ESTA. 

Marrying on ESTA is 100% legal:

As long as he leaves before the 90 days on ESTA are up.

Other options include:

57 minutes ago, C90 said:

Wouldn't know why you couldn't get married in the UK or the US.

For UK marriage, the US citizen needs a UK visa to marry: https://www.gov.uk/marriage-visa

Edited by HRQX

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15 minutes ago, ETintheUS said:

We're told NOT to get married whilst visiting on ESTA.

People get married every day on an ESTA.   Then the beneficiary goes home and awaits processing.   They can still visit on ESTA.


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