Why do you have a CR-1 visa application if you are a U.S. citizen? Do you mean your prospective husband's anticipated CR-1 visa application? If so, the marriage needs to be bona fide, regardless of whether it is a religious ceremony or a civil ceremony. Many US citizens petition for spouses who were married in a courthouse. As I said, the test is whether the marriage is genuine and not a sham marriage being entered into simply for the purpose of conferring an immigratoin benefit on your soon-to-be-husband. Hope that helps. You really owe it to yourself to use an immigration lawyer for such an important application.
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To petition for a spouse, the marriage has to be legally valid. If you get married in the court, that is typically a legal marriage valid for immigration purposes. As my colleague mentioned, you will also have to provide proof that you have a bona fide marriage -- that is, that you aren't getting married just to get an immigration benefit.
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As long as the marriage is legal under Pakistan law and you are the only wife, it will not.
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