- 5 years ago
- Wedding: January 2015
My fiancé is Turkish and I am American and we live in Istanbul. My fiancé has a 10 year American visa. Do we need to do anything to get married in the US? Someone mentioned a fiancé visa but he shouldn’t need that obviously since he has a 10 year visa right? Is there any other paper work we need to do to actually get married?
We want to get a green card for him, what are the steps for this? However, we do not plan on living in the US but it is important to me for him to later on get an American passport. I just believe when we have kids, it will be better for him to have dual citizenship as well and if anything ever happens in Turkey and the American embassy starts evqcuating Americans for safety, I want him to be able to be wth us, his family. I really don’t know how all this works but the goal is to get him an American passport.
I don’t know if any of this is important but he works for GE (under Turkish contract) but he has worked and lived throughout the US and Europe. He did his masters in the US and lived there continuously for 6 years with a student visa and later a work visa.
Ok so let’s say we are now married in the US. After that wedding we will get married in Istanbul for all our friends and his family. Can we legally be married twice or will the American marriage certificate be the only one that counts? And if that’s the case, do I still need to get medical clearance to get married here? I think I’m supposed to go in one month before we are married or something like that for health screening.
All of this worry over paper work and legal stuff makes me hate wedding planning because I’m so worried I’ll miss something. I thought to ask a lawyer when I am visiting the US but I’m from a small city and have my doubts anyone has married a foreigner and would have ever even asked the questions.
Thank you for your help!