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Getting Married in the US on a Visitor Visa – What You Need to Know

One of the most common questions we receive is whether you can get married while in the United States on a visitor visa. The physical act of getting married on a visitor visa is allowed, as long as you are prepared to return to your home country to apply for the marriage-based visa at the consulate abroad and are honest about your intentions at the time of entry. It is important not to misrepresent your purpose for visiting the US, as this can have negative ramifications for your immigration case in the future. When entering the US on a visitor visa to get married, it is crucial to demonstrate strong ties to your home country, such as employment, property ownership, or a business, to show that you do not intend to overstay your visa.

Traveling While Your Immigration Case is Pending

Another common inquiry relates to traveling to the U.S. while your marriage-based immigration case is pending. If you apply for a marriage-based will do that process at the consulate abroad and need to remain outside the US for the duration of the processing period. However, if you have a valid visitor visa, you may still visit your spouse in the US while your case is pending. If you do so, it is essential to provide evidence of your intent to leave the US, such as proof of employment, a return ticket, and scheduled commitments in your home country.

Traveling Back and Forth During the Immigration Process

We often work with clients who file the I-130 and then travel to the US while their case is pending. This is a common practice and is permissible as long as you can demonstrate to customs and border patrol officials that you have no intention of overstaying your visa.

Navigating Immigration Options for Your Relationship

If you are seeking personalized guidance on your specific immigration case or need assistance in making decisions about your relationship and immigration options, do not hesitate to reach out. We’re here to provide support and guidance tailored to your unique circumstances.

Contact Us

If you want more detailed guidance on navigating the complexities of US immigration laws and how they apply to your case, please feel free to reach out. You can contact us at 512-675-2945. We hope this information has been helpful to you.


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