Q: Whats my options when buying our first home as a couple when im a US citizen and my fiancee is yet to enter the US?
Were due to get married August 2014, looking at buying our first home together in Hollister California.
Applying for a K1 visa, do we have to wait till my fiancee enters the US on his visa or can we still buy property before hand
A: This questions has both immigration and real estate dimensions. Ultimately, the decision how/when to purchase a property will rest on your personal goals. Foreign nationals can purchase property in the United States. In fact, if you purchase together before the marriage, this may be a strong indicator of your bona fide intent to enter into a valid marriage. However, you must also consider that there are different ways of taking title in the US: tenancy in common, joint tenancy, and tenancy by the entirety (only available for married couples). Please consult an experienced attorney to help you navigate all these issues.
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