This deals more with Immigration than Marriage, but if anyone has advice I’m all ears.
My Fiancee is from Canada and I from U.S. We got engaged Jan. 30th and planned to be married in Manitoba Aug. 28th. I talked to the US boarder very unhelpful, but referred me to the web site www.USCIS.gov. Confusing site, but made an appointment in the Twin Cities. Again they are very unhelpful not allowed to give advice and seemed to not understand the laws. They referred me to an immigration lawyer. The lawyer was only so much help.
In short once she applies for a visa or we get legally married she can not enter the US or if she is in the US she can not leave and reenter until she has her visa. Basically she loses her right to freely cross the boarder.
Between her visits here for pre-marriage counseling, remodeling our house, and settling into life on the farm and building our relationship it is important that she be here. Then we have NFP class, a good friends wedding, our social (Manitobian wedding fundraiser), our wedding and a month later her sisters wedding, it is important to be able to travel back to Manitoba.
One friend (she from Winnipeg he from Chicago) got married in Canada and then on her “visit”, (which in a sense is a lie) did her paper work for a Relative Visa (I-130) and a work permit and got them in 5 months. She didn’t leave the US for those 5 months and was lucky that the boarder didn’t refuse her entry which if they really wanted to stick it to them could have put a 5 year ban on her to ever come to the US. Sometimes the boarder can be very reasonable and other times can make things very difficult.
We could have her say to the boarder that she is just coming to visit me her fiancee, while here get married by a justice of the peace, apply for a relative visa (I-130), stay here in the US and wait for it to come and forget about all the things in Canada including her own sister’s wedding. And we set the actual Sacramental wedding latter next Spring.
We might apply for a Fiancee Visa (I-129) which may take up to a year, reschedule our wedding for next spring, we might be able to travel freely, get civilly married in the US once the visa goes through then Sacramental wedding in Canada or full wedding in US.
I don’t know if this could work, but apply for Fiancee Visa, get married Aug. 28 Sacramentally, but not sign legal papers as to keep our fiancee status as far as the Countries are concerned so we can travel freely, and then once the Fiancee Visa comes then get civilly married in the US.
This really all boggles my mind. Any suggestions?