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Marriage with Tourist/Visit Visa

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Hello.  I had a couple questions about the tourist visa process for marriage.  My fiancée has a B1/B2 10 year multiple entry visit/tourist visa.  I am a US citizen, and she lives in India right now.  We would like to get married in either the US or India, whichever one allows her to live in the US the soonest.  We are thinking of applying for the CR1 visa right after the wedding.  

 

1.  Can I marry her in India and then bring her back with me to the US using her visit visa so she can apply for a CR1 visa in the US?  Or does she have to wait after the wedding in India and go through the entire process for the CR1 in that country?  

 

2.  Can I marry her in the US on her visit visa and then she can apply for change of status on her visa?  Will she be able to stay in the country until that process is fully completed?

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

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A visa is a document used to enter a country, so she applies for it in India.

 

A B2 is for visiting, not immigrating.


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1. Yes, she can visit if she has a B-2. How long she can stay will be determined by the CBP agent at the airport. You can start the CR-1 process as soon as you have the official marriage certificate. She must leave at the end of her authorized stay. 

 

2. This is not permitted. It’s fraud. 


 

 

 

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48 minutes ago, Tramtris said:

she can apply for change of status on her visa?

Preconceived intent to AOS or overstay is 100% illegal.

49 minutes ago, Tramtris said:

Can I marry her in the US on her visit visa

Yes and she leaves the US after her visit:

 

51 minutes ago, Tramtris said:

does she have to wait after the wedding in India and go through the entire process for the CR1 in that country?

She will interview for the CR-1 in India. With her B-1/B-2 she can attempt to visit the US; entry is at CBP's discretion. Only US citizens and American Indians born in Canada (with at least 50% American Indian blood) are guaranteed entry to the US.

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