Getting Married in India to a Tibetan

#1 Dec 28th, 2010, 12:19
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Hi,
I am planning to travel to India in late January of 2011 to get married to a Tibetan living there in exile.

I would greatly appreciate any information regarding what paperwork I may need to do here in the USA prior to my departure and what he will need to do in India as a Tibetan marrying an American.

Should I make an appointment with the US Embassy prior to leaving the States?
How long do I need to stay in India in order to get married?
Will I need a specific Visa?
What paperwork will he need in order to enter the USA as my husband?
Will the US Embassy require an interview with both of us prior to the wedding?
Will the USA recognize our marriage and do we have to have a second ceremony here in the States?

As I am taking time off from work I need to tell my company how long I will be gone, so any help on any of these questions is greatly appreciated.

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Cidney
#2 Dec 28th, 2010, 12:35
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Hello Cidney and welcome to IndiaMike! The information you requested is available here: http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...-usa-t98295/2/
P.S. Congratulations on your wedding plans!
#3 Dec 28th, 2010, 12:55
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@nycideL Before wishing you on your wedding, I just hope this is not a case of marriage for ease of entry into the USA atleast as far as your Tibetan fiancée is concerned. Though it may be wrong to assume all relations as suspect, you may be better informed to have a read of cases of this kind on this very forum.
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Should I make an appointment with the US Embassy prior to leaving the States?
Not necessary, though you'll need a No Objection Certificate (sometimes called a Single Status Certificate), which you can get from the US Embassy in Delhi - no charge, and it's a simple process. It took all of 15 minutes to get mine.

How long do I need to stay in India in order to get married?
Will I need a specific Visa?
You can enter and marry on a Tourist visa. You need to register 30 days in advance of the actual ceremony (your intent to marry will be posted, photos and all, in the Registrar's office), but your fiance can do that. Search the site on 'marrying foreigner' or similar for numerous threads on marrying in India. He'll have to do the legwork.

What paperwork will he need in order to enter the USA as my husband?
This will be the tough part, as noted in Rotar's link. As you're not a Resident of India (in the sense of having a residence permit - I married there while on an Employment visa) you'll have to start the I-130 paperwork when you return to the US. Check out sites like VisaJourney or Immihelp for advice on that.

Will the US Embassy require an interview with both of us prior to the wedding?
No.

Will the USA recognize our marriage and do we have to have a second ceremony here in the States?
The US will recognize the marriage, no second ceremony required.
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Originally Posted by nycide View Post Hi, I am planning to travel to India in late January of 2011 to get married to a Tibetan living there in exile.

Thanks and Happy New Year! Cidney
Also, look into K1 visa. Read this thread.
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Two former staffers of mine went the K-1 route to marry Indian nationals, and it worked out fine, though it took roughly a year for approval in both cases.

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