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My question is about immigration law. If my daughter will get

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My question is about immigration law. If my daughter will get married in USA, how soon she can get a green card and will stay in the country legally ( if it is possible)? What the documents required to be able to get married, or to get a marriage license? She has a visitor visa, which allowed her stay for 90 days in the country.
We applied for her immigrant visa on 11/2011 (I-130).I live in NC. Thanks
Submitted: 1 year ago via USmarriagelaws.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.

If someone gets legally married, they can apply for a 'provisional' green card right away. This 'provisional green card' is good for about 2 years. After 2 years go by, your daughter would be able to formally apply toward citizenship and pursue that route. As for what documents she would need for a marriage license, it very much depends on the county where she wants to get married. If you can tell me where that is, I can look it up for you, as each county may have slightly different requirements. Thank you!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hi Dimitry,


She is Russian citizen, she has a visitor visa. She would like to get married in North Carolina. Thanks.How long will take for her to get provisional green card ( I am asking because she can stay in US legally only 90 days.)

Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 1 year ago.
Elena,

Zdrastvuite. In terms of getting married in North Carolina, every county has a different rule for what they need for a mariage license. Where in North Carolina does she want to get married?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Здравствуйте, Дмитрий.


Вопрос в том, что мы уже подали на иммиграционную визу, но этот процесс не сдвигается с места. У нее есть друг в Америке, который сделал ей предложение. Но она боится приехать по гостевой визе и остаться не легально. Она хочет чтобы все было легально и знать заранее какие документы ей необходимы для замужества и в дальнейшем получения Грин карты. Она собирается приехать в гости в декабре. Официально подавать на визу невесты долго и доказательства нужны в виде переписки. Они перезваниваются и переписываются, но после обмена сломавшегося телефона записи не сохранились. На мой взгляд проще всего приехать и выйти замуж и остаться. Но она боится . Если я найду законное подтверждение моим предположениям, то она согласится приехать и выйти здесь замуж и остаться. Спасибо. С уважением. Елена

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Wilmington, NC(New Hanover, or Brunswick county)

Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 1 year ago.

Elena,

I can understand her worry. She can come up on a fiance visa instead, rather than on a formal visitor visa. Then, once she gets married she can immediately file for a green card within the system. The reason that is wiser is because the US has been reviewing and investigating false marriages or marriages that appear to be made only as a means to get someone into the country and would be based on fraud. While what you believe to be the simplest solution was the case about 10 years ago, now USCIS is far more vigilant and careful. They will investigate and they may find issues with someone coming with a visitor visa and then refusing to leave by getting married.

Hope that helps.

As for what is required to be married, he is a link directly t the office and the documentation that they wish to see:
http://www.usmarriagelaws.com/search/united_states/north_carolina/marriage_licenses/new_hanover_county.shtml

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Спасибо, Дмитрий. Я понимаю, что выйти замуж, приехав по гостевой визе это вызывает подозрения и может спровоцировать расследование. Но получить визу невесты тоже очень сложно, при том что доказать общение по телефону и переписку очень сложно. Я думала она может приехать по гостевой визе, выйти замуж и остаться. Доказать совместное проживание и ведение общего хозяйства проще живя в одной стране. У меня только вопрос остался какие документы ей нужно привезти с собой , чтобы она смогла выйти замуж. И какие документы ей нужны чтобы получить сертификат для замужества? Или он выдается на основании клятвы под присягой ( New Hanover county , Brunswick county)

Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 1 year ago.

Elena,

Nezhashto, it is my pleasure. In terms of what you see as the simplest solution I still see as potentially risky. Now, as for documentation, please review the link I provided in my prior answer--the county has a list of all documents and all conditions that are required for your daughter to legally pursue a marriage in that county.

Good luck!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Спасибо еще раз Дмитрий! Я уже смотрела эти ссылки и смотрела по другим штатам. Я так и не нашла ответа, каким образом она может получить лицензию. Это просто клятва под присягой, т.е. она отвечает под присягой на вопросы в заявлении? И предоставляет документы подтверждающие ее личность и возраст ( паспрот ( российский) , свидетельство о рождении, водительские права(немецкие)? Спасибо еще раз. Прошу прощения, что столько вопросов.

Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 1 year ago.

Elena,

The US process of getting a marriage is thus:

1. The parties who wish to get married go to the county office where the marriage will be formally certified and follow local laws to apply. There is a fee but there may also be a blood test, and also documentation such as a visa, passport, ID, and so forth. There is also a document that if someone was married once that shows that they were properly divorced.

2. Then, once the certificate is obtained, there is a set amount of time during which it has to be signed. US law requires both a signing of the document and a formal ceremony. The ceremony can be religious or secular (meaning a judge can simply preside over the event). Both are required. Then the certificate is signed.

3. Once signed the certificate has to be returned to the county and formally recorded with them.

Hope that helps.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Спасибо, Дмитрий. Я так поняла, что предоставляются документы подтверждающие личность ( если нет SS#? то не предоставляется) и выдается лмицензия. После чего заключается брак. Никаких документов из Германии или России не надо. Если был (и) браки то предоставляется свидетельство о разводе. Вся процедура сводится к тому, что они клянутся под присягой что не состоят в другом браке? Спасибо. Я думаю что мне все понятно. Если я не права, то напишите. Если я все поняла, то я удовлетворена ответом.

Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 1 year ago.

Elena,

You understood correctly, having an SSN is not a requirement if someone is foreign and wishes to marry. Likewise, both swear and claim that they are able to marry, they are not married now, and that they are not pursuing this due to fraud, duress, or other grounds. Good luck to you and please be well!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Меня продолжают мучить вопросы...Каким образом можно оставить дочь легально после приезда по гостевой визе. Студенческая? Смена статуса? Ожидание иммиграционной визы по приезду?

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