Indian Citizen marrying American Citizen in India

#1 Dec 1st, 2015, 11:50
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I am an Indian Citizen currently living in the US for the past 12 years. My girlfriend is an American Citizen and we are living together in NYC.

We are planning to move to India at the beginning of next year for an extended period of time and would both like to work there. We have some questions about getting married in India.

1. Do we have to live in India for 30 days before applying for marriage if we want to get married in India?

1a. Are these the correct following documents:
-Proof of residence in India
-Bank statement
-Passports (do we also need birth certificates?)
-Completed intent to marry form
-No objection letter from the US consulate (I don't think they issue these any more)

2. She will be coming over on a tourist visa, after marriage, can she apply for an X visa without leaving the country?
2a. Do we need to go to Delhi to do this or can we do it in our local jurisdiction?

3. Can she work on an X visa or does she need to seek an employment visa even if we are already married?

4. Any idea how long US citizens need to wait until they can apply for a PIO card and how long does it take to get the card?

5. Can she/we leave India for short periods of time during this process or does exiting the country affect our application process?

Thanks for reading and if anyone has helpful tips/recommendations for us please let us know.
#2 Dec 1st, 2015, 13:01
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Few from me:

Yes, you will have to live in India for 30 days before applying for marriage.

Proof of residence in India may not be required.

Birth certificate may be required to prove you have attained marriageable age.

She won't be able to work on an X visa.

Yes, you may leave India for short periods of time in between.






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#3 Dec 1st, 2015, 16:14
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Any reason not to get married in your city hall ?
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Thank you for the response. I assumed since we will be leaving the country it would be better if we got married in India. What are the advantages of getting married in the USA? Both of us want to live in India. We are open to it if it will make the process easier.
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It would be easier to marry in NYC and simply legalize marriage certificate. Why India all of a sudden if you are in US for so many years :O
She will be able to apply for OCI card when you are married for 2+ years, not faster. And will get right to work at the same time, not on X visa.
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Originally Posted by Sweet_Lana View Post It would be easier to marry in NYC and simply legalize marriage certificate. Why India all of a sudden if you are in US for so many years :O
Planning to travel across India and also strong cultural/family ties for me plus the weather, I am from the Konkan coast.

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Originally Posted by Sweet_Lana View Post She will be able to apply for OCI card when you are married for 2+ years, not faster. And will get right to work at the same time, not on X visa.
If she finds a job is it possible for her to switch to an employment visa while she waits for the OCI card.
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I feel it's much better and easier to marry in usa compared to india. You could make decision of coming to india even later on then you will have green card then you can switch off from here and there as per your comfort and need.

1. Any one of you need to stay and prove 30 days requirement
2. Birth certificates are not necessary if you have passport but again it depends upon the officer they can always ask for it you will find when you file
3. No objection letter will be asked or not? God knows
that's the tricky part.

Considering over all the procedure of indian babu's and system if it's possible better get married in usa kos even that will hold same value here u only need to report ur wedding in usa at indian embassy
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I think the OP is confused about what civil marriage is. It is not something that must be done in a place where you like the weather. It is simply a piece of paper that should be obtained where it is easiest.

If you want a religious ceremony in India for the entertainment of your family and friends, you can have that even if your marriage has been registered (in the US or in India)--religious ceremonies are commercial products and the only real requirement is money.
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Thanks everyone, appreciate all the helpful info. This is the girlfriend of Zapatista, hijacking the thread We are planning to move to India in January and don't really want to get married before hand, we are busy enough trying to wrap up!

What I want to know is whether I can apply directly for an X visa prior to leaving in order to avoid converting from a tourist visa to an X visa shortly after arriving in India. Again, we wouldn't be married but have the intent of getting married, (so the equivalent of a fiancée visa for those coming to the US). Looking on the consulate website and visa type page has not proven helpful. We've emailed and called the Indian consulate but no luck. I need to apply for some kind of visa ASAP.

Sort of related, anyone on this thread have experience or knowledge of whether employers in India are deterred from hiring non-Indian citizens because of difficulty sponsoring an employment visa?

I'm a PhD student and most of my research is on India so I've been there several times, but always on a research visa.
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Originally Posted by zapatista View Post What I want to know is whether I can apply directly for an X visa prior to leaving in order to avoid converting from a tourist visa to an X visa shortly after arriving in India.
No.

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Originally Posted by zapatista View Post Sort of related, anyone on this thread have experience or knowledge of whether employers in India are deterred from hiring non-Indian citizens because of difficulty sponsoring an employment visa?
Yes.
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It is so much easier to get married in NYC and then have a reception with Indian family/friends when you get to India. We are same as you (I'm American, he's Indian) but had been living in India for 2 years before getting married. Although I didn't need to get a no objection letter, the rest was a huge pain in the ass. The bureaucrats can (and often will) make your life as difficult as possible.

You'll be getting an OCI, not PIO after being married for 2 years.

Good luck!
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Is getting married in usa difficult for you guys?

i still fail to understand why you want to do civil marriage here if it's already possible over there?
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I think the suggestion that they get married in the US has been made enough times. Marriage is not just a bureaucratic step but an emotional one, and if they don't want to be legally married until they are ready (which apparently requires a place with warm weather), that is their prerogative.

Of course they will regret it, but that's young love for you.

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