America is no doubt one of the most developed countries in the world, and as such people across the world troop into the country yearly seeking permanent stay through visitors’ visa – one of the questions they have been asking is; can I get married while on USA visitor visa?.
It will be difficult to give a direct answer like Yes or No to the question because there are things you need to consider before thinking of getting married to your spouse in the United States. Do you even know that there are apps where you can meet young or older American men/women? Read more here.
According to a US visa expert, for Immigrants coming to the US with the intention of getting married to a U.S citizen or lawful permanent resident while on a visitor’s visa depends on whether you want to apply for a lawful permanent residence permit or green card after marriage.
CAN I GET MARRIED WITH A VISITOR VISA IF I WANT TO RETURN HOME AFTER MARRIAGE?
YES, it is possible to get married to a U.S citizen or lawful permanent resident while on a B-2 visa, if you desire to return to your home country after marriage. However, it doesn’t mean the process is an easy one.
For instance, if you are yet to apply for a visa and you have the intention of marrying a U.S citizen, it can be very cumbersome to convince the visa officer at the U.S embassy that you will return as soon as you get married.
This is because most applicants before now usually apply for adjustment of status as a way of skipping the long process of applying for a marriage visa.
Also, even when you succeed in convincing the embassy officers, you have another uphill in terms of border or airport government officials who will welcome you into the country. From the above one can deduce that it is best to apply for a fiancé visa (k-1 visa) than to risk the whole thing.
CAN I USE A VISITOR VISA TO GET MARRIED IN THE U.S, AND THEN APPLY FOR A GREEN CARD?
It is illegal by law to apply for U.S green card while the immigrant came into the U.S with a visitor’s visa. If you come to our country and stay for a while before considering getting married through “adjustment of status” this is possible and considerable. But you have to think of the possibility of convincing the visa officers.
With this, it will be considered that you fell in love within your short stay, and this is considered legal.
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