Whats the first step to marrying A U.S citizen? (Immigration Application process)
I'm an Australian citizen who plans to marry my boyfriend of 3 years, He's a U.S citizen. We have visited each other numerous times both travelling on the tourist visa waiver program to each other.
He wants me to marry him in the U.S as he's found an apartment for us.
What the first step to going about this process? After getting married or before getting married is there a form I'm supposed to fill out etc? Are we able to get married when we like or what are the law restrictions, because I guess what I'd have to apply for currently is the Green card. But I'm pretty clueless about the WHOLE process & what the 1st step is to start this for us.
Thank you all !
5 attorney answers
The first step is for your boyfriend to file for a fiancee visa on your behalf. I rather doubt that you will be admitted into the U.S. to get married, without a Fiancee visa.
Attorney Suri, former Immigration Officer. This answer is general in nature and does not in any way create an attorney-client relationship.
It's a very long process and talking to an immigration attorney would be a great first step. Many attorneys offer Skype consultations if you are not currently in the U.S. The fees for these are quite worth the information gained.
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There are several ways to do this, and the best way depends on how important speed, the timing of the wedding, work plans, and cost are to you. You can read up on this on the USCIS web site, but an attorney will help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of a K visa (I-129F) and an immigrant petition (I-130).
Where in Australia are you? There are U.S. immigration attorneys in Australia to help you with consular processing. You can apply while in Australia for a fiancee visa and then travel to the U.S. with 90 days to marry and adjust to a green card after your marriage. It isn't a complicated process if you use an attorney, can be very complex otherwise. Free consultation - it will be worth your time to make a plan.
There are several steps in this process. Your boyfriend will need to file for you as an alien relative after the marriage, you will need to apply for an adjustment of statua to a legal permanent resident, you may also apply for a work card and travel authorization while this is pending, then you will have biometrics and an interview which will need to be attended by both of you. Schedule a one hour consultation with an attorney who can go through the entire process, fees, and timelines in detail. You can then decide if you want to do this yourself or hire someone to do this for you. Good luck!
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