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    Default How Soon After Entry Can a Non-Immigrant Safely Marry a Citizen

    A U.S. Citizen wants to marry a fiancée who will be entering the U.S. on a F-1 visa. They intend to seek adjustment of status based on marriage. How long after she enters can they safely marry without causing the fiancée to be accused of making false statements on entry?

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    Default Re: How Soon After Entry Can a Non-Immigrant Safely Marry a Citizen

    When a non-citizen quickly marries a U.S. citizen after entering the U.S. as a non-immigrant, immigration officials are skeptical when they later attempt to adjust status based on marriage. The longer they wait before marrying, the less likely it is that they will be unable to overcome that skepticism.

    For example, if they wait 90 days before marriage, immigration officials may not presume that the immigrant intended to remain in the U.S. when entering on a F-1 visa, but it is a topic that is almost certain to come up during the interview, and answers given at that time will be scrutinized.

    If the couple does not want to go through the process of obtaining a fiancée visa, they really should consider consulting an immigration lawyer before they carry out their plan.

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