Auburn, NE asked in Immigration Law for Nebraska

Q: Risks and Pitfalls of Marrying while on Tourist Visa?

I have been dating a foreign girl for the better part of a year. She is planning on coming to the States for a month to visit me, family, and some colleges and possibly come back on a Education Visa later.

From a legal standpoint, what is the legality of getting married while she is here? Some sites I am reading indicate that it is possible, but a grey area. Some say that if we got married within 30 days, it is pretty much an automatic denial, and she'd be guilty of visa fraud - regardless of whether she had an intention to stay or not. However, if they deny her the change of status, she may be barred from entering the US ever again.

What would I need to do to show that things are on the up and up? What are the odds that she'd get denied based on the above? Would time matter - I.E. if we got married within a month vs. 3 months?

Any help would be appreciated.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA

A: Under the Trump Administration, if you are going to get married to someone you is here on a B-2 tourist visa, it is best to wait until they have been in the US for 90 days before getting married.

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