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What is allowed between a K 1 visa and a green

Here is another edit of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies.

“Your questions are critical to disseminating knowledge that will allow people around the world to rise above limits and pursue their dreams,” said Sophie Alcorn, Silicon Valley immigration lawyer. “Whether you are a people ops, founder or looking for a job in Silicon Valley, I would like to answer your questions in my next column. "

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Dear Sophie,

Good news! After a long delay of COVID, my boyfriend finally arrived in the US on his K visa.

We are thinking of escaping to Las Vegas for a speedy wedding so we can start her green card application. (In Silicon Valley, we had to wait a few months to get a marriage license.)

After we file, we want to have a big wedding in the spring with her family and friends in her hometown and then go on a honeymoon. Is that allowed?

- happy in Hayward

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A Shona,

Congratulations on being back with your sweetheart through the K-1 visa and your upcoming wedding! My legal partner, Anita Koumriqian, has been immersed in her own marriage planning in recent months. So, as well as being an expert in family immigration law, she is extremely knowledgeable on all things marriage-related, including local Silicon Valley jurisdictions that have residency requirements for marriage and marriage permission. in general how long it will take to obtain a marriage certificate. On our podcast, we talked about wedding planning, marriage permission, applying for a green card for a spouse once you are married, and the bad and bad things about proving immigration that your legit marriage.

Always consult an immigration lawyer first and never rely on Googling your way through the green card process. For more information, check out our previous podcast, Engaged, Now What?

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    Vegas is still possible

    Once you have the marriage certificate, you can file for a green card for your wife. Locally, while Santa Clara and San Francisco counties are still busy issuing marriage licenses because of COVID, Santa Cruz County is nearby faster and more likely to get married in California.

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