USA Fiance Visa Question – not the typical situation!

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 2
1413 posts
Bumble bee

No- you can marry in the US without any type of visa. 

Good luck!

Post # 3
9606 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

no, you should be fine.

You do need to apply for a marriage license before your wedding, in Nevada.

Post # 4
47206 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

Post # 6
333 posts
Helper bee

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 # 8
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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
3410 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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
47206 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.
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