We at Lawrence R Holmes Immigration Attorney have obtained many marriage visas for the spouses of American citizens, both active duty military and non-military, who were married by proxy.
If you are not yet married but interested in doing so by proxy, please read the material below:
Only four states allow proxy marriages and each has its own rules and requirements.
For U.S. immigration purposes, a proxy marriage performed in one of the four states listed below is valid as long as the marriage has been consummated.
California: One of the parties must appear in person and the other must be active duty military who is deployed for a conflict of war.
Colorado: One of the parties must appear in person.
Montana: This is the only state that allows a double proxy marriage. "Double proxy" means that neither party has to appear in person. However, one of the parties must be active duty military but not necessarily deployed.
Texas: One of the parties must appear in person.
If a proxy marriage is performed in one of the four states listed above, it is recognized as a valid marriage in all states except Iowa. It is also recognized by all branches of the U.S. military.
If the marriage has not been consummated, a proxy marriage can be used as proof of relationship when filing for a K-1 fiancee visa.
If you are interested in learning more about proxy marriages please contact Sam Geller at www.marriagebyproxy.com. Sam is the expert in proxy marriages and has arranged more than 3,000 proxy marriages.