Getting married in US - we don't want a green card!
October 4, 2013 10:08 AM Subscribe
I’m a US citizen engaged to non-US citizen. After the marriage, we’re planning to live in his home country, not the US. In other words, he will not be applying for a green card. However, we would like to get married in the US. Our thought was for him to enter the US on a tourist visa, get married, then he’ll return to his home country and I’ll begin the process for applying for the equivalent of a green card in his country.
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My questions are:
1. There shouldn’t be any problem with getting married on a tourist visa, correct? It shouldn’t cause problems were we to apply for green card a few years down the road, right?
2. He comes from a very poor country. I’m worried that he won’t be granted a tourist visa if he tells the US Embassy about the wedding plans during his visa interview because they fear he’ll try to stay in the US.
(The other complicating factor here is that his “ties” to his home country are not super strong. He doesn’t own land, and he lives with his parents so he doesn’t own property or even rent. He doesn’t own a car. He does have a job and a bank account, however. His job is a highly skilled professional job...so it would not make sense for him to move illegally to the US where he’d likely make the same amount or maybe a little more in some unskilled profession. If he moved legally, he could quadruple his salary.)
I'm assuming he should be completely forthright about the marriage during the interview. Will this cause problems? What further steps can we take to convince the visa-granters that he has absolutely no intention of staying in the US?