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It`s not new for us that people from one country with its specific culture can marry people who live in other country with different culture. So, if you are a foreigner and you plan to marry a citizen of the United States, the following information would be highly useful for you.
There is so called a K-1 non-immigrant visa, also known as a Fiancé(e) visa. This type of visa is designed for the foreign nationals coming to the United States to marry American citizensand live here. It permits the foreigners to travel to the United States and marry his or her U.S. citizen sponsor within 90 days of arrival.
But if you plan to marry a foreign nationaloutsidethe United States or your fiancé(e) is already residing legally in the U.S., you do not needto file for a K-1 visa.
How do you like the fact that during 2013, there were 173 million non-immigrant admissions to the United States and 26,046 of these admissions were fiancé(e) visas (K-1). You can read about this in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
They say marriages are made in heaven. No one knows how long their marriage will last but once reached the breaking point, the couple decides to separate. Separation means that the married couple is simply living apart. The law does not require a married couple to live together. A Legal separation is a court order that mandates the rights and duties of a couple while they are still married, but living apart. A legal separation isn’t a divorce. A benefit of a legal separation is that it is the last chance to save a marriage by revising spouses’ mistakes and coming to an agreement.
Posted today on the Wall Street Journal Law Blog was an article by Quentin Fottrell of SmartMoney entitled: Does Facebook Wreck Marriages? http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/05/21/does-facebook-wreck-marriages/. The blog posting referenced a statistic from a U.K. survey by Divorce Online indicating that more than one third of divorce filings last year contained the word “Facebook”. According to research done by Divorce Online, this was up significantly from the 20% of the behavior petitions filed in 2009 - http://blog.divorce-online.co.uk/?p=2338
Facebook’s recent Initial Public Offering (IPO) may also be causing some stress on marriages as the stock price closed at $34.03 and traded below $34 in after hours trading. The decline represents nearly an $11 billion paper loss relative to the $38 Offer Price at the IPO and a decline of nearly 25% from Friday’s intra-day high of $45 per share. Given the large number of retail investors who participated in Facebook’s IPO and the lackluster performance of the stock, married Facebook investors could face new challenges in the future.