So, now that you found her, do you want to take her
Sometimes you visit or live in a foreign country and
meet someone really special that you want take with you everywhere you
go, including home to the United States. If she is a western
European citizen, there usually is no problem with visas or travel.
However, if she is from a third-world country, then visas into the US
can become a major problem. And its not just the US -- try
taking a third-world citizen to Europe without obtaining a visa, and,
assuming you even get her out of the airport of origin, you might find
your travel companion spending her days and nights in the
immigration detention facility at the destination -- and you might be
detained with her on suspicion of human trafficking .
My experience is that unmarried, single girls from
third-world countries are seldom given visas to visit any first-world
country, except as an immediate family member. If you want an
unfettered travel companion, your best bet is to just take her
to other third-world countries that have reciprocal travel rights with
her country. Once her passport shows she has traveled to some
foreign destinations and returned to her home country, it is easier to
get a first-world visa. Once she has one first-world visa, its
easier to get another. Once she gets any first-world country
passport, she can travel anywhere you go. If you can't afford
all that travel, and you want her to travel to first-world countries,
including America, you just might find it easier if you just married
her, or if you have a legitimate business, employ her.
I have immigrated three wives to the US (not at the
same time, of course). From Mexico, from Egypt, and from the
Philippines. Each country has different problems. Mexico,
being adjacent to the US, has expedited rules for fiancée and spousal
visas. If you work for a US agency, and are stationed overseas,
you can marry and get expedited immigration status for your bride --
no quotas, and no waiting period, though there may be time in
processing queues. For almost all other countries, the only
expedited visas are fiancée and spousal visas.
What I present here is my experience immigrating my
third wife from the Philippines. If your special someone is from
the Philippines, then you should realize that the US Embassy in
Manila considers the Philippines as the cradle of fraud. More
than 90% of immigration applicants are turned down. And if there
is even a remote suspicion of a fraudulent document, the application
will be denied. Once denied, it is nearly impossible to get a
visa to the US.
So if you are serious, don't go playing fraudulent
document games with the US Embassy. However, if there are errors
on an official document, you are usually better off just leaving the
document as is, because trying to correct it might just raise more
questions than answers. In such cases, don't call attention to the
error. The US embassy is more concerned that the document is
issued from an acceptable official source (The National Statistics
Office) on official NSO paper, than they are with the correctness of
the information within the document.
The rules are that you can only have one wife at a
time in America. So if you are merely separated from your
American wife, and don't have a final divorce decree, you can't get a
US spousal or fiancée visa for your foreign dearly intended. Of
course, you could "create" a final divorce document, or just say you
were never married, and hope no one does any kind of background check
that says different.
If you claimed you weren't married when you really
were, then you might also have to create fake tax returns if your
federal income tax submissions were submitted as "married - filing
jointly." While nobody may actually cross-check them, you are
creating a chain of lies, and if someone does check them (such as
Homeland Security), and you are caught, you might be doing some
serious time for it.
If you are just separated, and can't get a final
divorce in the US, another solution is go to another jurisdiction,
such as the Dominican Republic, and obtain a one-day divorce there (if
they still do that). It may not be legal in your home state, but
as long as it is an official document, it usually won't be
questioned by the US Embassy or US Immigration. Very few states
have computerized divorce files, so if you have to fake a divorce, you
can probably get away with it as far as the foreign intended is
concerned. In either case, you might face bigamy charges if your
prior wife finds out about your new wife. God help you.
The same rules apply to your dearly intended. If
she was married in the Philippines, she won't be able to get a divorce
-- they are non-existent in the Philippines. She may be able to
get an annulment, even if she has children, but that takes a long
time, and a lot of money. It might be better to go to another
country and obtain a divorce. Good luck with that one. Or
it is probably easier for her to just say she was never married -- it
would be hard for anyone to prove otherwise. Before you take
such a route however, check all her necessary documents to make sure
none list her as "married."
A good general rule is to avoid all the above problems
-- just live with her in her country, and don't bring her back to the
US. Then, even if you marry her in her country, no one in the US
will know about it unless you tell them. And then if you break up,
there is no consequence on your US-based wealth.
But let's assume that for whatever reason, you decide
to bring her to the US of A. Here are the options and
procedures you might want to know about.