Q&A: Can I do my marriage vows without risking my petition to the united states as single?

March 22, 2013 | By

Question by Curious Citizen: Can I do my marriage vows without risking my petition to the united states as single?
I have a petition as single in the united states which will mature in 7 years.

I wanna be together (not live-in partner) with my girlfriend already, but I do not want to change my status from single to married because this will cause my petition to be extended to 20 years.

Is it possible to take our marriage vows, but not sign any legal documents declaring us as married couples?

Has anyone in this forum encountered the same situation? Thanks

Best answer:

Answer by A
Yes you probably could, supposing you'd be satisfied with a religious marriage that is not recognised by the state.

You could try either finding a priest that is sympathetic to your cause, or have one of your friends ordained as a minister.

If I were you though, I'd consult with a lawyer. There probably are contracts to bind you to your girlfriend that won't affect your petition's status.

Best of luck and have a great life together ;)

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Comments (1)

  1. akumar33

    My advice would be to marry and include her in your petition if that is for permanent residency and your would be foreign nantional as well. Otherwise you will ahev to wait for years before she can come to USA.