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QUESTION: Originally I went down as a visitor and then later in my trip decided to propose to her. Does that mean I can go back down and marry her without the K-1 visa?
ANSWER: No. A proposal is not a marriage. You would have had to marry her while you were there, and then apply for adjustment of status.
28 Jul 2016, 3:39 AM
Or did it have to be, I go down and then when I am down there I just propose and get married within the trip?
Now, since your purpose of going to the US is to get married and stay there to live and work, you are supposed to get a K-1 fiance visa because that is the stated purpose of this visa.
Some people take their chances by entering as visitors and getting married and adjusting their status, but I cannot tell you to do that because that would violate my professional responsibility by telling you to circumvent immigration process by not getting a fiance visa, and instead using a visitor status. But what you decide to do only you can decide.
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