In the course of American history, there have been many times where "mail-order brides" were a real thing. Lonely settlers and even lonely gentlemen in the cities would place an order for a bride from a specific country. These women would arrive on a ship and marry off to their betrothed so that they could start a new life in America. You may be wondering, "Do mail-order brides (or husbands) still exist? How does it work?" From an immigration attorney's point of view, here are the answers to your questions.
Yes, You Can Still Get a Spouse "Ordered" from Another Country
It is highly unusual, but sometimes people still order a spouse from another country. Men and women from many other countries want to enter the U.S., but they are never sure how to go about it or they do not have the money to do it. Americans here pick the country they want a spouse from and from which there are several people willing to come here for marriage and U.S. citizenship. The Americans pay for a passport, a plane ticket and travel expenses in order to meet their intendeds, and then the people from other countries fly here.
The Legality of It
To make sure everything is on the up and up, you may want to work with an immigration attorney. There are some people who are just looking for a free ticket into the U.S., and then they change their flight or trade their plane ticket for another date and time, leaving you wondering what happened. If you work with an immigration attorney, the attorney can make sure that your mail-order spouse is actually coming and will arrive when and where you expect him/her to.
Additionally, if you are serious about marrying this person, the immigration attorney can help arrange for a green card and/or visa so that you can get to know your foreign spouse a little bit before the nuptials. If you two decide that you are just not going to work out, he/she can renew the visa on his/her own and/or find someone else to help him/her get a green card. The immigration attorney keeps track of the mail-order spouses so that you will not have any trouble with the government for bringing someone over that did not return to his/her country when you chose not to marry. If you do decide to marry, an immigration attorney like Fickey Martinez Law Firm, P.L.L.C. can help you with the paperwork to make your mail-order spouse a legal U.S. citizen.
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