What if we DON'T want a green card - how do we get hitched?
April 7, 2009 1:58 PM Subscribe
I'm American, he's Scottish. We live in the UK, and are engaged. He doesn't want a green card and probably never will, but we might want to get married in the States. What do we need to do?
posted by ukdanae to law & government (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Due to the complex machinations of the UK Home Office, I may or may not have my Certificate of Approval in place in time for my wedding date this summer. If we don't get it, no biggie - we can still have the wedding day then do the official stuff later.
We're honeymooning in the States, and thought it might be fun to do a little-white-chapel quickie wedding in Gatlinburg, TN if the "proper" wedding falls through. Do we have to do anything special to get married in the States?
I know if my fiance' wanted a green card he'd need to come in on a special visa, etc., but we're not planning to ever settle in the States. Can he just come in on a tourist visa, get hitched, get the wedding certificate, then we come back home to the UK? I've searched around this whole thing but all i can find is advice for people looking to settle in the States.
I've checked the Sevier County website and the only clue i have is that "other" is an option for the "groom's birthplace" field on the registration. I've also looked on the US's immigration site but they only seem to have info for people looking to settle. I'm looking for some kind of webpage somewhere that lays out what the rules are, so that I can make sure I do all the right things in advance to make this a viable backup plan. Thanks in advance for your help!