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US Citizen getting married in Canada

Old Aug 26th 2003, 4:22 am
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K C
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Hi,

I'm looking for some advice here... I will be getting married to a US
citizen in Canada. Are there any laws against a US citizen entering
Canada to get married? She has no intention of staying in the
country, we're going to leave once the wedding ceremonies are done.

For one, is it illegal to do that?

Also, if she enters Canada with her packaged wedding dress. Are
Canada customs going to give her a hard time? Obviously she's going
to get married hence the dress.

Any advice will be appreciated!

Thanks,

Kevin
 
Old Aug 26th 2003, 5:02 am
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"K C" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > Hi,
    > I'm looking for some advice here... I will be getting married to a US
    > citizen in Canada. Are there any laws against a US citizen entering
    > Canada to get married? She has no intention of staying in the
    > country, we're going to leave once the wedding ceremonies are done.
    > For one, is it illegal to do that?
    > Also, if she enters Canada with her packaged wedding dress. Are
    > Canada customs going to give her a hard time? Obviously she's going
    > to get married hence the dress.
    > Any advice will be appreciated!
    > Thanks,
    > Kevin

Why don't you just get married in the US since you are moving there after
the ceremony anyway?
 
Old Aug 26th 2003, 6:36 am
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There are no residency requirements to get married in Alberta, although
I'm not sure about the other provinces.



K C wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > I'm looking for some advice here... I will be getting married to a US
    > citizen in Canada. Are there any laws against a US citizen entering
    > Canada to get married? She has no intention of staying in the
    > country, we're going to leave once the wedding ceremonies are done.
    >
    > For one, is it illegal to do that?
    >
    > Also, if she enters Canada with her packaged wedding dress. Are
    > Canada customs going to give her a hard time? Obviously she's going
    > to get married hence the dress.
    >
    > Any advice will be appreciated!
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Kevin


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Old Aug 26th 2003, 3:42 pm
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K C ([email protected]) said:

    > I'm looking for some advice here... I will be getting married to a US
    > citizen in Canada.
Congratulations.

    > Are there any laws against a US citizen entering
    > Canada to get married?
No.

    > She has no intention of staying in the
    > country, we're going to leave once the wedding ceremonies are done.
Then why not just get married in the USA?

    > For one, is it illegal to do that?
Again, no.

    > Also, if she enters Canada with her packaged wedding dress. Are
    > Canada customs going to give her a hard time?
Most likely. She may actually be refused entry, under the suspicion of
entering in an attempt to apply for inland PR. However, if she is able to
present the immigration officers at POE with proof of her ties to the US,
such as return tickets, rent/mortgage payments IN ADVANCE and other things
like that, it may be of use.

Good luck.

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Old Aug 27th 2003, 4:40 am
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"http://www.iamnotamerican.com" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<BB717692.196E9%newsgroup@iamreallynotamerica n.com>...
    > K C ([email protected]) said:
    >
    > > I'm looking for some advice here... I will be getting married to a US
    > > citizen in Canada.
    > Congratulations.

Thanks :-)

    >
    > > Are there any laws against a US citizen entering
    > > Canada to get married?
    > No.
    >
    > > She has no intention of staying in the
    > > country, we're going to leave once the wedding ceremonies are done.
    > Then why not just get married in the USA?

If I get married in the US while on a visit there (which I do almost
weekly), it is illegal. ie. when processing my papers later on
they're going to ask why I didn't tell the customs officer that I was
going to get married etc. Also, entering the country without official
documents that allow you to "enter for marriage" (Fiance visa), is
considered immigration fraud. In the US, per a couple of US
immigration lawyers.

    >
    > > For one, is it illegal to do that?
    > Again, no.
    >
    > > Also, if she enters Canada with her packaged wedding dress. Are
    > > Canada customs going to give her a hard time?
    > Most likely. She may actually be refused entry, under the suspicion of
    > entering in an attempt to apply for inland PR. However, if she is able to
    > present the immigration officers at POE with proof of her ties to the US,
    > such as return tickets, rent/mortgage payments IN ADVANCE and other things
    > like that, it may be of use.


That's still risky, she might still get turned down, which will be
really messy. On the other hand if her parents or brother and his
family are driving up (with 3 lil kids), I don't think anyone will
care that they have a big package of a wedding dress with them.

Thanks!
 
Old Aug 28th 2003, 4:16 am
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K C ([email protected]) said:

    > If I get married in the US while on a visit there (which I do almost
    > weekly), it is illegal. ie. when processing my papers later on
    > they're going to ask why I didn't tell the customs officer that I was
    > going to get married etc. Also, entering the country without official
    > documents that allow you to "enter for marriage" (Fiance visa), is
    > considered immigration fraud. In the US, per a couple of US
    > immigration lawyers.
Alas, Canada is essentially the same.

    > That's still risky, she might still get turned down, which will be
    > really messy. On the other hand if her parents or brother and his
    > family are driving up (with 3 lil kids), I don't think anyone will
    > care that they have a big package of a wedding dress with them.

Unfortunately, having family with you doesn't mean a lot. She can still
be refused entry. Since your intention is, according to your earlier posts,
to leave as soon as you're married, there would be a better chance of being
able to enter for that purpose, as long as you can prove your intentions.

It's a catch-22, I'm afraid.

As was said before...good luck and congratulations.

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