Post # 1
I’ve been searching the internet for an answer and I can’t get one. I’m a Canadian who lives and works in Japan. My fiance is an American who also lives and works in Japan. We met here in Japan. We’ve decided to have our wedding in Las Vegas as Japan is too far to travel for our firends and family. After our wedding we will return to Japan. Eventually, he will apply to for Canadian spousal visa and we will settle in Canada but we have 3 years left on our Japanese visas.
My question is do I need an American fiance visa just to get married in the US to an American citizen eventhough we have no intention on living in the US? I feel like the answer is no. A fiance visa should be for those who plan on immigrating to the US BUT I can’t find anywhere thay explictly states that. Everything I’ve read online assumes that if I am marrying a US citizen in the US then I must be trying to move there!
My fiancee contacted the US Embassy in Tokyo and they couldn’t help and refered him to whoever deals with US visas and they didn’t know either! We are currently waiting for a response from homeland security but I feel like it is going to take awhile…
Anyway, anyone have any info on this?
Thank you so much.
Post # 2
No- you can marry in the US without any type of visa.
Post # 3
no, you should be fine.
You do need to apply for a marriage license before your wedding, in Nevada.
Post # 4
arimame : A Canadian only requires a visa if you are planning on moving to the US or staying longer than 90 days. Canadians are free to travel to the US at all times without a visa (at least for the time being). Neither government cares if people get married while they are visiting the other country.
Canadians get married in Vegas all the time.
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Post # 6
I got my usa green card through marriage not that long ago, this is what my lawyer said.
Marriage is the only way the usa government will excuse you of any violation of immigration laws.
You only need usa Visa to get married in the usa if you intend to apply for green card right after the marriage inorder to make the situation easier.
You are not suppose to enter the country on a tourist visa with intent to immigrate, that is the reason why most people need spouse visa ( because they intend to apply for green card within few months).
However you don’t plan to stay , I don’t see the problem. Even if you intend to stay, by marrying him excuse you of any immigration violation basically.
Source: my immigration lawyer.. lOl don’t quote me on it.
Post # 7
While I know you are right, I’m still paraniod about it. But I think I just need to come prepared to prove that I’m (well the both of us) returning to Japan. I guess I’m worried about them accusing me of trying to immigrate illegally. Anyway, I’ll have my return ticket and hopefully a letter from my employer stating when I’ll be returning to work.
Post # 8
With things the way they are now, I understand why you are worried. I live in Vegas and everyone gets married here without problems. You will get a marriage licence and be able to get married. I would come with a copy of your lease and something from your employer stating you live in Japan just to CYA. When you enter the country and go through customs, I would not go out of my way to tell anyone you are coming here to get married. If you have a problem, that is where you will have it. They can also search your phone and computer upon entry, just so you know.
Post # 9
You can get married in the US. People have destination weddings all the time, and it doesn’t have anything to do with citizenship or visas.
Also, I think for your research, it would be more helpful to simply research “Canadians having destination wedding” or “Candians marriage in Vegas”. Forget about the fact that he’s a US citizen and you live in Japan. There’s no laws you’ll get in trouble for breaking simply because you choose to have your ceremony there. The only concern is whether or not Canada will recognize your marriage. There’s literally nothing else that could go wrong. If I were you I’d be complicating this and panicking too, but there’s no logical reason to. To calm yourself, just simplify it: you’re a Canadian getting married in Vegas to a guy who happens to be an American. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Post # 10
There is no concern about whether or not Canada will recognize the marriage.
Generally, your foreign marriage will be recognized by the Canadian government, if the marriage
- Is legal according to the laws of the place where it occurred; and
- Complies with Canada’s federal laws on marriage.
According to Canada’s federal laws on marriage:
- Close relatives by blood or adoption (grandparent-grandchild, parent-child, brothers-sisters) cannot marry each other.
- You can be married to only 1 person at a time.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone. We actually did hear back from homeland secuirty. This is what they said:
“Congratulations to you first. First, our immigration law states that only our front-line Officers can determine a traveler’s admissibility at borders. Your question falls under this category. From your statement, we believe that your significant half should not experience any difficulties if she is admissible to the U.S. However, we cannot guarantee that travelers won’t experience any travel delays at borders. We do suggest you not to be put off by unconfirmed stories over the internet.
Best wishes to you and welcome back,
So I think as long as I come prepared to be questioned by the border gaurds it should all be good. So I will stop worrying until that time comes!