I am American and I want to marry a man from Pune

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#1 Sep 17th, 2010, 06:01
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Hi, I have been reading the threads about marriage in India and there is one thing I am still confused on. Do both parites have to be present in the initial filing of the marriage certificate? I cannot stay in India for 30 days...I am wondering how to get around this? do they do anything by skype?
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Both parties need not be present to start the clock on the 30-day period.
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Originally Posted by claypatties View Post I cannot stay in India for 30 days...I am wondering how to get around this? do they do anything by skype?
thanks for any help you can give

Kim
On a lighter note, just wondering if you can apply for or get married on Skype in America.

Anyway welcome and best wishes for your upcoming marriage. As has been mentioned both parties need not be present to apply. Both should be present for the marriage of course. However the officer may ask for a certificate that you are not married.
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Both parties need not be there(or even one party - in my case my father applied... I and future hubby were far away) but signature and details of both parties needs to be on the form.
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that is what i saw recently, that at least one had to be there to get the paperwork, he can send it to me to get my signature, i send it back, he then files it 30 days ahead of time and the both of us need to be there to wed. He is going to the office in Pune to hopefully get that confirmed. Marriage in America is much harder in that he would need to get a visa stating he is coming to America to get married but that he would then leave until the spousal visa was approved. However the immigration officer could turn him away at the gate if they think he is somehow not going to leave the US when he says he will.
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Your last post clarifies that he is in India. I was under the impression that he is in USA. Ideally its is best for at least one of you to apply. In case that is not possible then his parents. Anyone else applying, there is a chance that officer might ask for the personal presence of at least one of you.
Also it will be much easier for you to get married here if there are visa issues likely for him to come too the USA.

PS: Still wondering - Can you apply or get married thru skype
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I guess it varies. I've heard that some states have actually digitised the land registries, but the Chennai Register Office in which I married did not even have a [visible] computer.

Can you get married by phone call? Why not marriages with just a couple of cell phones on the registrar's desk?

No... the simple requirement of the presence of the parties and their witnesses, all of whom have to sign says that one cannot get married by Skype or any other communications network.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I guess it varies. I've heard that some states have actually digitised the land registries, but the Chennai Register Office in which I married did not even have a [visible] computer.

Can you get married by phone call? Why not marriages with just a couple of cell phones on the registrar's desk?

No... the simple requirement of the presence of the parties and their witnesses, all of whom have to sign says that one cannot get married by Skype or any other communications network.
@Nick - Refer OP's first post. I was asking her if someone can apply for or get married thru Skype in USA. I know thats not possible in India
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Ahh, yes of course, I did read that, so apologies for my reply, which should have been to the OP.

On another forum, I just wrote of advise given by a teacher some fifty years ago: when trying to be witty, make sure not to make it only half way. Needless to say, I often succeed in being only half-whit-y!
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@ Nick, I think you have more success in being witty than being half whit-y.
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Thank you --- but I have had to eat my words a good few times too!
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Originally Posted by claypatties View Post Marriage in America is much harder in that he would need to get a visa stating he is coming to America to get married but that he would then leave until the spousal visa was approved. However the immigration officer could turn him away at the gate if they think he is somehow not going to leave the US when he says he will.

I understand you both would like to live in USA after marriage, in which case you should look into K1 Visa, which has the shortest waiting period for him to get into USA.
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thank you all for the advice....and comments
we have looked into the K1 visa for US....it is very costly and they ask for ridiculous amounts of proof that you have had a relationship...i had a lawyer explain it all for me....with a lawyer and the visa it could cost 7000.....crazy!
but we may have to go that route depending on the laws in India...wKim
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I know two couples who've gone the K-1 route in the past two years -- it cost only the fees and some legwork, neither of them bothered with an attorney -- unless you have some unusual circumstances, it seems a matter of simply amassing the supporting evidence.

While getting married in India is certainly an easier process, if you plan on arranging a Green Card for him to come to the US you'll have to go through the collection of data validating the relationship then, so start a file with photos, documents etc.

You'll need a No Objection Certificate for the marriage in India, which can be got with no trouble from the US Embassy in Delhi.
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The K1 visa fees seem to $350 + whatever the medical exam in India by their approved physician would cost. Apart from the silly medical, I did not see onerous requirements proving relationship, etc. So, the cost of the option is perhaps overstated, including the difficulty of obtaining the visa (to justify the lawyer fees).

I have no personal experience with K1 visa, but have never found the lawyer necessary for any of the INS processes. You can let go of the lawyer and save yourself half the expense.
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