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  1. Great thank you! That’s a relief! I over worry far to much lol
  2. I truly appreciate it. One other question...we filed for the marriage license before meeting on this trip. The reason for this is simply because we didn’t want to lose the chance of getting a wedding date in May (I leave at the end of May). When I called Utah County, they said that they are booking up for May so far, and that they advised to try to set the date for a ceremony fairly soon. Do you think that they’ll be skeptical being that we filed for this license ahead of time?
  3. Thank you so much for these thoughtful responses. Definitely feeling less anxious now and more confident about our decisions!
  4. Thank you so much for your thoughtful responses. I appreciate the advice. I will definitely give them a call on Monday, as I assume they will be closed over the weekend. Where it becomes hazy to me is that...as far as I know, proxy marriages aren’t permitted in Utah, BUT they don’t consider a marriage over Zoom to be by proxy. And this is definitely legal in this particular county. It’s USCIS that considers it to be proxy. This is just my very vague understanding of the matter. However, when I spoke to the gentleman in Utah, he told me he didn’t think this would be an issue, as long as we can prove the consummation aspect of the marriage. So confusing. But since someone else seemed to have success going this route, that is at least a positive.
  5. Another user on VJ posted about her success going through this particular county in Utah with a Zoom ceremony. That’s where I got the idea in the first place. Witnesses can attend virtually, that is all organized ahead of time. We have done so much research, and have tried to figure out how to have a traditional marriage either in his home country (Zimbabwe), or current country of residence (Ukraine). Both countries are very difficult to obtain marriage licenses from. Now throw a pandemic into the mix, and it’s even more of a mess. I’ve got fingerprints, a background check, and a non impediment to marriage certificate sitting on my bookshelf, waiting to be mailed to Zimbabwe to get the marriage process going. But then I was told that we needed to be present in the country for at least 30 days, which just is not financially feasible. Then Zimbabwe banned marriages due to covid numbers. Ukraine is just as impossible. We feel trapped. I was told that since the marriage is legal in this particular county in Utah, with the officiant in Utah, it would be considered legal. But now I’m getting a little nervous lol. I just don’t know what else to do.
  6. Thank you for responding. I’m from NY, but the marriage will be officiated “in” Utah, over zoom of course. The gentleman I spoke to said that they don’t consider it to be a proxy marriage, but immigration does. Would this still be considered legal? New York doesn’t allow proxy marriages but they do recognize them, from what I read.
  7. Yes I did. I was told that the amount of time I’ll be spending with him will be beneficial to our case. Several users did say that it won’t necessarily be a red flag, and that other couples have had success with shorter periods of time together. We are continuing to gather evidence, and I will go back and visit with him as much as I can.
  8. I will be with him for over a month. And then I’m visiting him a second time to see him graduate about a month later. That’s still a red flag?
  9. Hello! Thank you for responding. This is actually the post that we saw that made us decide to go this route. It certainly sounds hopeful!
  10. I’ve already written about this before in a separate thread, but this is kind of a different question. I’m staying with my fiancé for about a month and a half, and we’ve decided to definitely go for the Zoom marriage option sometime at the beginning of May. This is our first meeting, but we really do want to marry, and due to the unpredictability of the pandemic, we feel like this is a good option for our circumstances. I know there is a requirement to be physically present/to consummate the marriage in order for it to be recognized as a valid marriage. However, in our case we will actually be together in the same country during the ceremony, with the officiant in the US. Would this benefit us and be recognized as valid by USCIS? As long as that requirement is met, will our marriage be considered legitimate? I also plan to go back to visit with him for a few weeks to see him graduate from medical school in the summertime. Are we on the right track? Thanks in advance.
  11. Hi everyone, quick question. I was just wondering if having quite a lot of student loan debt would impact my ability to sponsor my future spouse? Do they factor this in, or is it just based on your income? Thanks
  12. Thank you for this info! Definitely something to consider. Just have to take it one step at a time!
  13. So with the K-1 we wouldn’t have to submit proof of a bonafide relationship until after he comes here and we marry? What does the 129F entail?
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