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Complicated Visa situation & marriage. HELP!

Old Nov 9th 2002, 3:41 am
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Default Complicated Visa situation & marriage. HELP!

Well, the situation was simple until yesterday. Now it is a complete mess.

I am in the USA with an L-1 visa. I have been here almost 3 years & my
company just layed me off unexpectedly.

In the meantime, the reason I am in the US in the first place, is to be
with my fiance and bride to be. We are getting married late December
back home in Europe.

Before the layoff the situation was simple; I had a job, we own a house
together and I had no problem getting in & out of the USA. Now what?

In thery, I should leave the US right after I am officially of my
company's payroll (mid-December). We actually have tickets to fly to
Europe for our wedding at that time! My issue now is what happens when I
get back?? What will my status be? What are the correct steps to take to
get a visa & green card? My wife to be is American, we have been
together 4 years and living together 3.

Any help, tips, pointers will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Andrew
 
Old Nov 9th 2002, 4:24 am
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    >Subject: Complicated Visa situation & marriage. HELP!
    >From: Hellraiser [email protected]
    >Date: 11/8/02 11:41 PM Eastern Standard Time
    >Message-id:
    >Well, the situation was simple until yesterday. Now it is a complete mess.
    >I am in the USA with an L-1 visa. I have been here almost 3 years & my
    >company just layed me off unexpectedly.
    >In the meantime, the reason I am in the US in the first place, is to be
    >with my fiance and bride to be. We are getting married late December
    >back home in Europe.
    >Before the layoff the situation was simple; I had a job, we own a house
    >together and I had no problem getting in & out of the USA. Now what?
    >In thery, I should leave the US right after I am officially of my
    >company's payroll (mid-December). We actually have tickets to fly to
    >Europe for our wedding at that time! My issue now is what happens when I
    >get back?? What will my status be? What are the correct steps to take to
    >get a visa & green card? My wife to be is American, we have been
    >together 4 years and living together 3.
    >Any help, tips, pointers will be greatly appreciated!
    >Thanks,

Apply for a fiance visa before u marry. Or get a spouse visa after you marry.
You are quite lucky your lady is a US citizen. Otherwise, you would be royally
screwed...
 
Old Nov 9th 2002, 6:43 pm
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Default Re: Complicated Visa situation & marriage. HELP!

Thanks for the reply. Assuming that we get married and I apply for a
spouse visa, can I do this when we get back in the USA? Do I have to be
back home? How long does it take? Will I be able to work with that visa?

Also, if we apply for a fiance visa, can I do it while in the USA? How
long does it normally take?

I know it's a lot of questions but we never had to research this and we
are in a bit of disarray right now.

Thanks,

Andrew


Hnchoksi wrote:

    >
    > Apply for a fiance visa before u marry. Or get a spouse visa after you marry.
    > You are quite lucky your lady is a US citizen. Otherwise, you would be royally
    > screwed...
    >

    >>Well, the situation was simple until yesterday. Now it is a complete mess.
    >>I am in the USA with an L-1 visa. I have been here almost 3 years & my
    >>company just layed me off unexpectedly.
    >>In the meantime, the reason I am in the US in the first place, is to be
    >>with my fiance and bride to be. We are getting married late December
    >>back home in Europe.
    >>Before the layoff the situation was simple; I had a job, we own a house
    >>together and I had no problem getting in & out of the USA. Now what?
    >>In thery, I should leave the US right after I am officially of my
    >>company's payroll (mid-December). We actually have tickets to fly to
    >>Europe for our wedding at that time! My issue now is what happens when I
    >>get back?? What will my status be? What are the correct steps to take to
    >>get a visa & green card? My wife to be is American, we have been
    >>together 4 years and living together 3.
    >>Any help, tips, pointers will be greatly appreciated!
    >>Thanks,
 
Old Nov 9th 2002, 7:14 pm
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    >Subject: Re: Complicated Visa situation & marriage. HELP!
    >From: Roadraider [email protected]
    >Date: 11/9/02 2:43 PM Eastern Standard Time
    >Message-id:
    >Thanks for the reply. Assuming that we get married and I apply for a
    >spouse visa, can I do this when we get back in the USA? Do I have to be
    >back home? How long does it take? Will I be able to work with that visa?
    >Also, if we apply for a fiance visa, can I do it while in the USA? How
    >long does it normally take?
    >I know it's a lot of questions but we never had to research this and we
    >are in a bit of disarray right now.
    >Thanks,
    >Andrew
    >Hnchoksi wrote:
    >>
    >> Apply for a fiance visa before u marry. Or get a spouse visa after you
    >marry.
    >> You are quite lucky your lady is a US citizen. Otherwise, you would be
    >royally
    >> screwed...
    >>

Well, you can visit the INS website for how to get a spouse or fiance visa.
It is kinda complicated to explain here...you can get pointers on newsgroups,
but not procedures. That's because each person's situation is unique and the
process is way too complicated to type out. the resources exist out there...you
just have to do some heavy duty reading.

I guess the situation you are facing is: how to get back in the US. Well,
since you got laid off, you don't have a valid visa. So you will have to apply
for one abroad. Basically your wife-to-be has to file some paperwork.

Anybody else know the procedure for K visas? I don't...
 
Old Nov 9th 2002, 9:52 pm
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Default Re: Complicated Visa situation & marriage. HELP!

One option could be to just go down to City Hall, get married here and apply directly for AOS and AP. I was in a similar situation and it worked for us. The UK wedding, if it's a church do has to became a blessing rather than a full blown marriage but you can hardly tell the difference.

I got my AP within 10 days (San Francisco) despite having to submit our application by post. The fact you already have airline tickets should expedite the AP if you show evidence you have travel plans.

Maybe not the ideal solution but it's legal, quick and you can certainly return to the US on AP without a problem.
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Old Nov 12th 2002, 9:15 pm
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Andrew, listen to steppke, in your situation, neither a spousal or a fiance visa will work for you in this circumstance. These are for people who reside in other countries. If you leave the states you may not be allowed back in. Get married now and file your adjustment of status paperwork and advanced parole. Also, the best forum for you to be on is this one:

alt.visa.us.marriage-based
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