INS vs True Love
August 24, 2012 1:31 PM Subscribe
Immigration Calibration: if the love-of-his-life returns to the Phillipines, will he ever see her again? Or rather, give me a general sense of how easy it would be for her to get another tourist visa to US; get visa to travel here for wedding, live here after marriage.
posted by metahawk to law & government (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A friend (US citizen, male) has fallen in love with a women from the Phillipenes. She is here on a tourist visa, applied for a student visa to do graduate work and got turned down by the INS (to his and her surprise). Now he is rushing into marriage. I know they need to talk to a real immigration lawyer but as a friend, I would like some sense of their options. He told me that if he lets her go back to the Phillipines it would be hard for her to get a tourist visa to come visit him and difficult (or at least extremely time consuming) to get her back to the States if they marry later. He also believes that if they marry before her visa expires they will be able to prevent her having to leave.
To be clear, this is not a green card marriage per se - this guy will go into the marriage with the intent of making life long commitment. However, the immigration stuff is vasty speeding up the decision making - which worries me since this is not someone who could easily walk away from a marriage if it doesn't work out. I am hoping for some sense of whether it is reasonable to advise him to slow down since slowing down means she has to return to the Phillipines (soon).