Do I get married and then apply for residency? What paperwork do we have do before we get married? We have been dating for three years now. How does the F-1 impact the process of marriage?
You must be married before your wife can petition for you and you can apply for residency. There is no immigration paperwork that is required before you marry. The F-1 does not impact the process of marriage or your ability to apply for residency, but the marriage could impact your ability to extend your F-1 or to travel on the F-1. If you will need to travel before becoming a permanent resident you should consult an immigration lawyer before making travel plans. An immigration lawyer can assist you in filing for permanent residence and obtaining work authorization and a travel document.
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You should be fine to marry after entering on an F-1 and apply for your green card, but of course it's always a good idea check with an attorney that you are otherwise admissible before filing to adjust your status. Also, you arguably abandon your non-immigrant F-1 when you marry a US citizen, so I recommend filing your adjustment (if admissible or eligible for waiver(s)) relatively soon after marrying, just to be safe.
You can get married like anyone else. Your status does not impact the case at all
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