Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out how exactly to properly go about marrying my fella and being able to live with him permanently in the US. It’s really hard to figure out what would be easiest, him coming to Montreal, where I am, and then getting married, or going through the whole fiance visa debacle. Thing is, we’re both kinda straped for cash, and if he needs to come to me to get married it can’t take too long because he needs to work. I know in Quebec you need to submit a form and then wait 20 days before getting married. What I’m wondering is if he needs to be with me to do that.
Post # 2
well presumably he’s going to make some money off of that Dancing With the Stars appearance, right?
I’m sorry… I had to.
Post # 3
As far as US immigration is concerned, even if you get married first elsewhere, you would still need to apply for a spousal visa to come live in the US. Which I’ve heard can take up to 2 years. So you’d be apart during that time.
Post # 5
Spousal Visas take about 9-12 months. Fiance visas take about 6 months. Check out visajourney.com for a lot of specific visa/immigration related type questions.
If you come to the US with the intent to get married and don’t report it, you can be found guilty of marriage fraud and be banned from the US so I don’t suggest that.
You need to do it the right way just like all of us who have fiances internationally.
Post # 6
I’ve done this. I’m Canadian, my DH is American, we are now living together in the USA. I’m sorry to tell you that all options take time and cost a fair amount of money. It’s nothing like what you see on TV, being married to an American does not automatically allow you to move to the USA.
The first place I’d start is on this page of visajourney.com – http://www.visajourney.com/content/compare This will help you decide which visa is right for you.
I chose to the the CR1 process.
– All in it took 20 months from the day we were married until the day I recieved my visa.
– We got married first in Canada (could have got married in the USA, makes no difference, do whatever is easiest for you) then started the paperwork.
– We lived seperately the whole time, and we never had any problem visitng on another in either country. We were always careful to make sure our visits didn’t look suspicious and cary appropriate documentation.
– The process is more expensive than you’d think. Sure, the visa filing fees were only around $1000 total, but there are extras that add up. Travel to consultates (I had to travel all the way from Vancouver to Montreal), fees for special doctor’s visits, paying for imunizations, ordering special documents, etc. All in all I think it cost about $5000 and I didn’t even hire a lawyer. The good thing is that the costs are spread out. So start saving up! Luckily you live in Montreal, so if you do a CR1 you’ll cut out a ton of travel costs (all CR1s have to go to Montreal, not matter what part of Canada you live in. So dumb!).
Good luck. It’s a journey for sure.
Post # 7
I thought the same thing!!
Post # 8
Girl, have you seen this country lately? Take him to Canada with you 😉
But in all seriousness, though- good luck and congrats on the engagement!
Post # 9
I was going to say. Considering the state of the US right now who in their right mind would want to move OUT of canada? I have a fair amount of American friends asking if I have single friends right now :/ (not kidding)