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I am a Filipino Citizen. I am married in the Philippines with a British citizen. We separated and he filed a divorce in the UK. There is no divorce in the Philippines, just annulment. I would like to ask, if I am already divorced in the UK, am I allowed to marry here in America even though I am not annulled in the Philippines?
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If the divorce is legal and valid in the UK, then yes, you can remarry in the U.S. and the new marriage would be valid in the U.S. Just keep in mind that if you travel to the Philippines, your new marriage would not be valid and I have heard that they sometimes arrest and prosecute persons for being in bigamous marriages. So it might be a good idea that you should still try to get the annulment if you want to travel back to the Philippines in the future.

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Hello Vana. I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help? Please let me know. Thank you!

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Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 2 years ago

Hello Vana. Thank you for your kindness and respect. Good luck to you.

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