How to Marry a Foreigner in America

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Marrying a foreigner in America is a long process. There is a ton of paperwork involved, but some steps need to be taken for a person in this country to marry someone from abroad.

1 Meet the person

Meet the person you intend to marry. You must have met in person at least once in the past two years.

2 File

File a Petition for Alien Fiance in order for your loved one abroad to be able to travel to America and marry. This form is filed with the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services office in the area where you live. It cannot be filed abroad. When the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services office approves the petition, it sends it to the National Visa Center for the paperwork to be processed.

3 Have your fiance

Have your fiance abroad apply for a K-1 non-immigrant visa in the country where she lives.

4 Apply for a Visa

Apply for a Visa. This is important because it allows the person to be able to enter into America and be able to marry her loved one in America.

5 Take a medical examination along with getting her fingerprints

Have your foreign fiance take a medical examination along with getting her fingerprints taken. The person applying for the Visa will be required to provide the following documents: a birth certificate, a passport that is valid for at least six months past the period of your intended stay in America, a divorce decree or death certificate, if applicable, a list of all places that you lived at since age 16, evidence that there is a relationship between both parties, and evidence of financial support. After you get the Visa, you can enter America via a port of entry.