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Mandatory wedding for your girlfriend to get a J2 visa ?


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Hi there,

I got accepted in the US next year for a 2-year graduate program (MPA Harvard) . I also received a sponsorship from Fulbright that allows me to apply for a J1 visa. My girlfriend wants toi join in the US and work there. We are not married

I work in the US under a J2 visa (as I have a J1 visa) only if we get married ? Apparently the US authorities only recognize regular wedding as testimonial ?

Is it really the case ? Any idea to avoid an emergency wedding ?

Thanks a lot,

Thomas

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Sorry to break the bad news:

Spouse:Legally married husband or wife. A co-habiting partner does not qualify as a spouse for immigration purposes. A common-law husband or wife may or may not qualify as a spouse for immigration purposes, depending on the laws of the country where the relationship occurs.

http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/glossary/glossary_1363.html#S

I doubt there is any way around it.

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Marriage is almost unavoidable. The only other way I know of is to get permission for an extended stay on a B1 visa, which can sometimes be available for unmarried partners. But it would mean that your girlfriend would not be able to work, study or do anything else that a tourist is not allowed to do. I would not recommend this option at all.

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On the other hand, look at the bright side. If you love her - why not? And you can avoid so many expenses if you have a quick wedding :)

Hahaha!

Sorry Thomas, but congrats on your acceptance!

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And you can avoid so many expenses if you have a quick wedding :)

unfortunately, wedding and the life after adds more expenses, my friend! :P

however, i do agree with folks above. marrying her is the best option i see.

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