Phoenix, AZ asked in Immigration Law for Arizona

Q: Do we need a wedding ceremony or can we get court marrieage or signed by our preist for GC?

My fiance and I've been in relastionship for more than a year. We are living together (6+ months) and engaged for about 3+ months. She is a US citizen and has never been married. Has a 6 year old kid. Both of us have good jobs. I'm currently on H1-B and never out of status. My GC is filed under EB-2 (priority date is 2104 ). No kind of criminal records except 2 speeding tickets and a parking ticket in the past 10 years of my stay.

We are planning to get married. But instead of spending thousands of dollars on wedding, we would like to save that money to buy a house. So, we were wondering if it would be an issue if we can get court marriage or can get married by our church priest. While I know it's a legal marriage but will USCIS create an issue on the basis of bonafide" if we plan not to have a ceremony

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1 Lawyer Answer
Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: Either a court marriage or a church marriage, as long as it is recognized by the state, are valid marriages. It doesn’t have to be a big affair.

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