Thursday 22 July 2021

What You Need to Consider Before Marrying Into Another Country

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Getting married is one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking things that you can do. If your upcoming nuptials mean that you’re also moving country to be with your new spouse, then you’re combining your wedding with yet another major life change. Understandably, you may be feeling overwhelmed.

So, it’s well worth being prepared for anything that might come your way so that you can sidestep any potential issues and forge your new future together.

The first thing that you need to do is plan your wedding. Not everything needs to be set into stone, but the earlier you get things going, the easier it will become. You’ll need to decide which country the wedding will take place in, as well as do all the usual wedding planning. Keeping careful and extensive notes for the process may well help you with the next step.

Next, you’ll need to apply for a visa. For US fiances specifically, this might be a K1 visa. So, what is a K1 visa? Simply put, this is a visa designed for someone who is about to marry an American citizen. You will both need to be legally allowed to married and to prove that the family unit can support itself. Finally, you should intend to marry within 90 days of being admitted into the United States, with the ceremony taking place in the US, which is why you’ve hopefully already got some plans underway. Some countries are different, but they will have similar types of visas with similar requirements.

While it seems like you have the difficult parts out of the way, there are still more things that you should consider. There are other legal documents to sort out beyond your visa, including your marriage certificate. Any licenses, insurances, and tax requirements need to be researched and any needed changes should be made. Also, be sure to connect with a good international moving company, so you can get whatever belongings you need to your future home with as little stress as possible.

Unfortunately, just getting to your new home country and into your new family isn’t the end of the road bumps you might come across along the way. No matter where you go, there are bound to be cultural differences and you might struggle to fit in. Even between Britain and the US, there are different social norms that you might be unfamiliar with. 

So, be patient, and try to meet as many new people as you can. Hopefully, you’ll already know your spouse’s family and friends, but it may be helpful to make friends as well. Take up hobbies and join groups, if you find something that you enjoy. If you find a job, then it’ll be far easier for you to meet new people at your workplace, and hopefully make friends there.

Finally, simply enjoy the place you’re in. While you’re not exactly a tourist, take pleasure in some of the landmarks and adventures of your new home.

*This is a collaborative post* 


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