I thought getting married would be easy...
March 8, 2008 5:26 PM Subscribe
Help me get this resident-alien marriage process/paperwork straightened out.
posted by mphuie to Human Relations (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here's the situation-
My GF is an international student (on an F-1 visa). She is hoping to finish school after next quarter. We are planning to get married at the end of this year.
Here are the steps as I see them now:
1. Get married
2. I file a I-130
3. She files an I-485.
If I understand this correctly, none of this means she can stay in the US after we get married, until she gets a visa number/space.
Our goal is to keep her here without having to travel in an out of the country for an extended period. We are currently living together, and been together 4+ years.
We have a few options for her to stay here, I believe...
1. She can keep registering for additional classes to extend the F-1 visa. (rather not)
2. She can apply for practical training (up to 1 year) where she has to be actively looking for work or be working.
So a few questions...
First, am I missing anything?
Second, how long is the wait before she is able to stay in the US after we get married? Should we get married nowas a formality and have her stay here using her F-1 visa/practical training until her status changes (through marriage). ?
Another option is for her to apply for practical training now and after she finishes next quarter, start that, then get married, but I'm afraid it will take longer than a year for her to get her marriage visa.
Anyone gone through this process?