married to an indian national... how do I stay in the country?

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#31 Sep 21st, 2006, 20:16
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Slight change of subject...I heard that starting in January, they are changing the Indian - foreigner marriage regulations to make it much more difficult (hard to believe but...). You will not be able to process it all in Delhi as you can now, but must complete everything in the other country. Anyone heard about this?
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So that means you can only marry someone that can get a visa for that country, and has the means to pay for such a trip?? I met one English woman who had married a very poor fisherman from Orissa - I guess that would have been a hard match to complete if this is true...

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So you mean you think they are meaning to change how they process marriages under the special marriage act? Hmm... I had heard they might be making it somewhat easier, not more difficult. And I do not know what you mean about processing thru Delhi. The special marriages get processed thru whomever the local marriage registrar is for where you are in India. I am in bangalore, so we went to the subregistrar for the layout we live in. That's about it...

but am assuming you mean that they will not process them anymore? sounds impossible, yeah? they cannot do that because like a gadgillion NRIs who have become UK/US citizens come back every year to find a bride/groom...what would happen to them?
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Sorry, what I said didn't fully make sense... yes, it's processed through the local authorities.

My US friend who recently married an Indian citizen told me this (in hopes, I think, of getting me married sooner. ha)- that they are soon changing the rule. I will ask further before spreading any groundless rumours...
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yeah, hey lemme know... would love to find out... whackier things have happened!
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Question Changing US Laws

Okay, here is the email from my girlfriend who married an Indian citizen and returned to US with him six months ago. Turns out,the change will be in the US laws - not Indian. ...
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I had simply heard that you could no longer apply in Delhi next year, that they (the U.S. Homeland Security, which used to be called the INS) would require people to make all their applications here in the U.S. You'd be able to bring a fiancee over by visa but you would have to file all the papers here, get everything approved and then send for him, with no guarantees. The main thing is to show that you have a job and decent salary (affidavit of support form). You'd have to marry here. Whether they will enforce it by January or not is probably the question. You can get a lot of information by checking the website ( uscis.org). They update with news periodically.
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OK, I see the confusion now.

well... that fiancee visa applies to US citizens who are not yet married. if you are legally married to a non-citizen anywhere outside the US you fill out an I-130.. which is NOT a fiancee visa... it is a type of immigrant visa, but is not subject to the immigrant visa quotas. With the fiancee visa, you do have to marry in the US within a certain number of days from the person arriving. this is to ensure that you do not bring someone in under the guise of marriage and then ???? anyway, the marriage certificate you get in say, india, is a legal document recognized by the US... this person is now your spouse and cannot apply for a fiancee visa (nor would they want to, as it is trickier to get than the immagrant visa for the spouse of a citizen).

Also DHS did not used to be called INS. ICE (immigration and customs enforcement) used to be called INS. then when DHS was created, the duties of INS were split between DoS and ICE. yeah yeah I used to work in DC. can't ya tell (insert eye roll here!)
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and hey, just so no one gets confused, it's uscis.gov


(government website and all)

and yes they did tighten the rules for fiancee visas after all the terrible claims that men were abusing what amounted to "mail order" brides who were just trying to escape bad situations. unfortunately they got caught up in forced labor, being made sex slaves, and some were evern murdered. now the US is very suspicious of this kind of visa in light of all the criticism (one dude "imported" 3 wives from the ukraine and each one magically disappeared after a year or two... and were later found dead)
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Marriage!

Hey, do I hear wedding bells ringing loud and clear? Everyone is talking about Marriage rules Indian woman marrying US man or vice versa! Anybody with any clear plans out here?
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Why yeeeeeeeeeeees! My plans are already executed tho

On June 21 I got married. I am american, my (now) husband is Indian... which is why I started this thread...

am sure there are others out there!
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Yep, I'm afraid we're all taken!
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"We are all taken"? What do you mean NICK? All IMERS are .....?

I would like to know if there are any more IMERS wanting to do this, would love to give them all an Indian marriage bash at a place convenient to all! I am not married yet, though hanging around with my new Goan girlfriend Mili a lot enough to generate feelings of being married

In India it is easy to get your girlfriend confused with wife.
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...I mean the contributors to this thread: me, brigit, icetea, smallsquirell....

Actually, looking back at the thread, I probably exagerate.

Sirensongs, for instance: theres a lovely single lady!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H ...I mean the contributors to this thread: me, brigit, icetea, smallsquirell....

Actually, looking back at the thread, I probably exagerate.

Sirensongs, for instance: theres a lovely single lady!
Not only lovely, and single, but funnier than Mark Tully too, and much better looking.

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Marriage! Single!

Nick and Tim, your posts lead me to a new subject - SINGLEHOOD! What exactly is Singlehood? A state of no-marriage?

Can one be committed to a single woman or man without actually being MARRIED? OR Vice versa?

Many people ask me this question - Mili is a lovely lady and a great dancer. Mili is her pet name. All in the cultural world here are almost aware that Mili and I are a pair and when they do spot us together, do throw the question at us - "When will the wedding bells ring?"

In India, it appears that if you spend too long with one person or are even spotted often, then Marriage is the next step forward.

What d'ya say?
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