My answer to Can I marry my US boyfriend on a tourist visa?
Answer by Raad Ahmed:
The short answer is yes you can marry someone while on a tourist visa. However, there are some things to keep in mind. For instance, a tourist visa is not designed for a person to come to the country to be married. It is designed for people to come as, you guessed it, a tourist. However, there is nothing in the regulations that indicate that you can’t be married, but it could be deemed as visa fraud if you use the tourist visa strictly as a means to marry.
Here are a few considerations:
- You must be able to prove that you came to the country primarily as a tourist and not to be married.
- Thea marriage must be in good faith, which means that you actually want to marry the person out of commitment/love rather than simply to gain permanent status in the country.
- Immigration officers utilize the 30/60 rule which indicates that if a person files for an adjustment status 30 or 60 days after filing for their initial visa, then ulterior motives may be at play.
Keep in mind, if you are found guilty of voter fraud then you may be permanently ineligible to enter the US or obtain any type of immigration benefits. You should certainly consult an immigration attorney to help you navigate the complex world of immigration law. While you can get married, you want to be sure that you follow the proper procedures so that you aren’t accused of any type of fraud.
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