Post # 1
my husband to be is a new zealand citizen and im an american citizen and we want to get married before we start dealing with all the applying for citizenship, in hopes that it will make the process a little easier. we have lots of questions about this process. is it even possible to marry someone if you arent citizens of the same country? and if so, what will we need to have or do. we are planning on marrying in new zealand. we are really not very informed on these issues and ive seen other posts about an american and kiwi wedding so i was hoping you guys could help me. any information at all is appreciated. thanks very much
Post # 3
Hoo boy. You should go to the immigration website and read about marriage visas. Getting married wont be a problem – it is the visa that is the hard part. Is he currently living in the US?
Post # 4
My fiance is a UK citizen and I’m American. We’re getting married in NYC in April and we currently live in the US. Right now he is living here on a work visa as he is sponsored by his company. After we get married, he’ll be eligible for a spousal visa and ulitmately for a green card. You can absolutely marry him in New Zealand or anywhere else you want. You need to wait to do any of the citizenship applications until after you’re married and it’s all very straight forward. The question for your fiance is whether he wants to pursue US citizenship after he’s married. He’ll be able to be a dual citizen, but there are tax implications for him if he becomes a US citizen. Is he in the US now? Is your plan to live in the US after you’re married?
Post # 5
@Palindrome: Where are you going to live? In NZ, the requirements for a partnership visa (which covers couples that are unmarried or married) are listed on a few websites but requires that you live together for 12 months prior to your application. I’m moving to NZ after I graduate and am going on a working holiday visa so I can live for 12 months with my SO. Personally we aren’t getting married yet just because we need to save for the wedding but I know that we could still be married in that time. Being married may help your chances of being approved though.
If you’ll be living in the US then the requirements are different and a bit more relaxed (or at least that’s what I’ve been told.) Unfortunately I’ve never looked into it past the “you must marry within 30 days” of your SO setting foot on US soil.
Hope this helped!
Post # 6
I should add that it will take him a number of years before he becomes a citizen, even after you marry. Last I checked it takes three years to get a green card and two after that to get citizenship (or maybe the other way around…). And you have to be physically present in the US for a certain number of days during those years as well.
Post # 7
It is possible, yes, but you need to find an immigration forum. There are several good ones – just Google. After getting married, he needs to apply for a spousal visa, and you will need to sponsor him.