(Closed) An American and a Kiwi

posted 5 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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
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159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@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
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240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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4049 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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.

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