FAQ

What types of offshore marriage fraud exist?

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The information in your eBook ?Marriage By (e)mail? mentions that fraud can occur when searching for a foreign bride. Before buying your eBook, can you tell me if it?s just normal Internet fraud (credit card fraud, and such). I work in the computer technology sector, and am very adept at knowing the ways to prevent this.

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You are entering a whole new world when you talk about offshore marriage. First of all, people you communicate with are going after your emotions first and your pocketbook second, or later. And believe us, some of these people (a small percentage) engaging in offshore email marriages are professional fraudsters. Here are a few examples of what kind of fraudulent schemes are covered in our eBook ?Marriage By (e)mail.?

Some contacts you might come across in your search for an offshore spouse are psychologically astute. They?ll get you totally and emotionally involved in their story, to the point you might end up weeping for them. But one of the first signs of fraud is when they ask for money. Email communication experts say even if the request for money is to help with a family tragedy and no matter how small the amount, ?End the communication as soon as you encounter it.? Even if its only US$50, multiply that by 1000 cons per year and you see that these fraudsters are making US$50,000! That?s a lot of money in any country!

Some matchmakers who use websites to help you find a bride or husband are very adept at only taking your money. Watch out for high membership fees. You might find that you pay a high fee, and get little in return. Beware of pressure to go on a tour to meet prospective mates. Some travel agents use the offshore bridal offer as a scam to book you on a tour. You?ll arrive, meet a few prospects, and then they will say goodbye promptly. And there are many other twists and turns.

When you read ?Marriage By (e)mail? you will be amazed at the number of scams that exist. If you are serious about finding a spouse abroad, you would be wise to buy this eBook. Your computer savvy and technological expertise won?t get you through this one! Be prepared and on the lookout for scams!

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What's different about offshore brides?

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What are offshore brides looking for that?s different from any normal American girl I meet, or try to meet?

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You sound like a guy who?s tired of the typical North American dating scene and mannerisms. Lot?s of good news here: our eBook ?Marriage by e(Mail)? holds an intriguing chapter called ?Courtship by Country.? It deals with the customs, lifestyles and other factors relating to potential spouses found using the Internet.

For example, you?ll find that many Russian women are highly educated. You might be hearing from a doctor or a lawyer. But they are also very family-oriented, and prefer to put family before career. Your bride will expect you to have a good relationship with your family, and will want to enter into it.

Many are fashion-conscious; some say more so than American women. Generally, they love celebrations and events. Along with their own national holidays, the Russians celebrate St. Patrick?s and Valentine?s Day. Don?t ask us why! We?ll let you solve that mystery.

But don?t be surprised if they like a drink; it?s part of their tradition. But many are strongly opposed to alcoholism. Some even put in on their postings that they do not want to hear from anyone with a drinking problem.

There?s much more: many other cultures, and their traits, are discussed in this book. It?s a fascinating look at other potential spouses? view of life. But it will be up to you to decide if one of these cultures matches with your values, and if you want to focus on a specific nationality.

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What will my family think if I want to bring a foreigner to the US?

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I was able to bring my spouse to the United States, and now want to introduce my beloved to family and friends. This might be a bit awkward. I am wondering how to proceed. Do your eBooks give any advice on this?

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Yes, they do, and even the government gets involved in this one. But let?s deal with the family first. You might want to meet with your most treasured family member?s first?alone?and tell them what you did, why you love her, and why you?d appreciate them welcoming her or him. It might eliminate some of the shock. But watch their facial reactions, and listen to their words. Sometimes you can spot the trouble spots, and need to lay down the law, and be strong of mind.

But let?s face it: what?s the difference between two people getting together from two countries in today?s world. Compare this to two people from two distant US cities or states getting together. That is often equivalent to the union of two different cultures! And some of your relatives might have had a long-distance relationship like that, and had to adjust. Ask them what the difference was? Some will become highly supportive; some possibly skeptical.

But, yes: Our book ?Marriage by e(Mail)? has a section on this. And remember: your spouse left his or her friends behind. She or he is alone here?except for you. That can be frightening. So you might explain this to relatives, and ask for their support in helping your partner adjust. Most people do have a heart. Try to get your spouse close to your ?settled down? friends, as their influence could be more steadying.

But even the government is interested in all of this. Uncle Sam insists you must have met with your spouse in person within the past two years, before you can file for a marriage visa for him or her. And the government wants to know if you can both legally marry: no lose strings. Everything that Uncle Sam insists on is also detailed in the eBook.

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How long does it take to get a marriage visa?

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I?ve found my love mate in Europe. We now wish to marry in the US in about seven months. That makes it May. I understand your eBook ?Bringing your Foreign Fiancé(e) to the United States? tells me the best and fastest way to get a visa for her. So how long will it take before she can join me? Are we okay with a May date?

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Good question! Yes, the book gives the most efficient, most accurate, best and fastest ways to clear your spouse through visas and immigration into the US. What is the estimate of time involved? If conditions are right, you might get her here in about 90 days. But there are no guarantees!

The national average for visa processing is currently 10 to 12 months. It might have jumped higher as this response is being written. Here are some reasons:

US immigration is reaching unprecedented levels. Most recent figures show that in July-August 2007, the government received 2.5 million (yes, that?s million) applications and petitions for visas. Despite government hiring 1,500 more employees to process this paperwork, some are still pending or not taken care of in fiscal year 2008.

Those 2.5 million applications and petitions almost equal twice the 1.5 million applications received by the US government in the same period in 2006.

Some of the best advice Australia Marriage Visas can give you after buying the book and following it religiously, is to apply for her visa as soon as possible. Once you?ve done that, follow its progress on the US Citizen and Immigration Services site; you can check the status of the application here: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/?mode=WN. This site updates the status of applications monthly, makes suggestions to speed up the process, gives phone numbers to call, and more. Processing times also, by the way, depend on what state you live in.

Another possibly helpful approach is to contact our parent USA Green Card, founded in 1997. It is the leading, worldwide organization for preparing and processing diversity immigration visas. It has helped thousands from every nation on the globe to legally and quickly enter the US via the annual US Visa Lottery.

But as said, act quickly. The month of May seems too early to plan the wedding.

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What might go wrong with bringing my mate into the country?

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Okay, I admit it. I?m the cautious type. I think I?m in love with an offshore man, and I believe I want to bring him to the US. But is there anything I might have overlooked, or be overlooking? Your input would be appreciated.

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Be sure you are sure! We?re talking about the love part! If government perceives either he or she comes in under fraudulent purposes, you could face a US$250,000 fine, or 5 years in prison, or both.

You have to be married within 90 days after your spouse lands on shore with the marriage visa, or this penalty could be applied. Make up your mind(s) before your partner gets here; do not intend to split within 90 days if you find you?re not happy.

And if it all works out in the beginning, and for your sake we hope it does, you have to be married for at least three years before that person can apply for citizenship. You don?t need years of agony simply because he or she wants to hang on to get US citizenship. So again, be sure.

The two eBooks you need are ?Bringing Your Foreign Fiancé(e) or Spouse Home to the United States? which deals with visas, penalties, and how to; and, ?After the Visa: A Guide for the US Citizen?s Foreign Spouse: From Arrival to Naturalization and Citizenship? which covers the rules that allow an immigrant to become a citizen.

You might be wise to get our third eBook ?Marriage by (e)Mail: Find a Spouse with the Click of a Mouse!? as insurance. It deals with how to get to know one another before you get to the stage you are at.

You might also want to take a look at our recent newsletter article ?Questions Are Keys to Offshore Marriage.? This piece deals with how to REALLY get to know someone when communicating on the Internet with marriage in mind.

Good luck! You are dealing with serious subjects. Don?t trivialize them.

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How complicated is it to bring my foreign spouse and children into the US?

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My spouse to be was previously married. But he is a widower with two children. In reading about your eBooks, you make it sound so complicated to bring him and his children to the US. I can?t see why. What?s complicated?

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You are dealing with heavy stuff. It is complicated. There are four different types of K2 forms to get your spouse and his children into the US. Use the wrong one and you could get into long delays and have to start all over again. And that?s just one type of paperwork. We didn?t use the phrase ?Beating the Red Tape Monster? in one of our eBooks frivolously. Your ability to get the right forms, to file them correctly, and much more, can make the difference between the two of you living happily, or hitting so many delays you are both too old to enjoy the experience!

Australia Marriage Visas also suggests you run a background check on your spouse. Is this spouse really deceased? If not, and he?s not being up front, or prefers to just not to talk about it, you could eventually walk into heavy trouble. The FBI does get involved in some cases like this, and does keep track of who is coming into the country. You don?t need a man in a blue suit standing on your doorstep some day. It has happened.

There?s a lot more: if his children are under one age, they can come with him; if not, they can?t. If he has a criminal record, no matter how minor, someone may arrive some day and start asking questions.

We are not trying to sell you eBooks, but quite frankly we?d suggest you buy all three. You sound too confident and self-assured. There?s a lot more to it than you think. This is especially true with a widower with children. And the data we think you should know about is spread throughout all three books. But it?s up to you!

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How do I get my foreign spouse's son into the country?

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My offshore spouse and I are happily married. We have lived in the US for two years. I?m trying to get her citizenship, and she?s trying to bring one of her sons to the US. But due to government red tape, or something I can?t understand, we seem to get one application rejection after another. I can?t get any clear answers as to what we?re doing wrong! Do any of your eBooks have information on this?

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You did not give us the specifics. But Australia Marriage Visas will try to answer your question. It could be any one of many problems. But here are a few possible solutions:

  • The federal government now gives status reports on the progress of visa applications. It updates the data monthly. Depending on where you are bogged down, the US Citizen and Immigration Services site USCIS.GOV might give you some answers. This site also gives suggestions on how to speed up the process, and the right phone numbers to call. But be aware that the average time for processing visas these days is 10-12 months.
  • On the federal government site USCIS.GOV, you?ll find a section called ?Finding Legal Advice.? It gives data about qualified legal experts you can talk to if you face a myriad of problems, by state and region.
  • Another possible solution might rest with our parent firm . Since 1997, it has brought thousands of immigrants in, quickly, efficiently, and at reasonable rates via the annual US Immigration Lottery. You might wish to contact them with your specific situation.
  • You might wish to also look at the web address below if you are talking about citizenship tests and citizenship requirements. Remember, you must be married and live in the US for three years before you are eligible for citizenship. The link is: USCIS.GOV
  • Our two eBooks that might help you are ?After the Visa? and ?Bringing Your Foreign Fiancé (e)Home.? They cover the steps to take to file for visas and to apply for citizenship. You might want to look at these eBooks to make sure you took all the right steps. There may be things you overlooked. You will find that the government wants almost as much information on you, as they do on her.
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Why does the FBI get involved when applying for US citizenship?

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In reading about your eBook ?After the Visa?, one particular point caught my attention. Before I buy this, could you give me some idea why the FBI wants to get involved in what seems to be a simple matter: applying for my citizenship?

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After 9/11, everything changed. National security, as we are sure you are aware, became more stringent than ever before. Even before this national tragedy, the FBI checked out potential immigrants very closely. Here are a few key points they check out. (The rest are in the eBook.)

  • As you may know, the USCIS will demand your fingerprints. They will tell you when and where they are to be taken. Then your fingerprints are electronically submitted to the FBI for a check on your background. If the FBI is unable to check your background because of the quality of the fingerprints, it will request them to be redone at no charge. But if your physical fingerprints have been tampered with, and they can?t do a background test after the second time, they will contact the police in every place you have lived in the past five years.
  • If the FBI finds any smears on the average ?good moral character,? you might find yourself getting a visit from the FBI or a one-way ticket back to your native country. What constitutes infringement on good moral character? Examples include crimes against a person with intent to harm, and persecution of anyone because of their race, religion, national origin, political opinion or social group. Moral character regarding your own habits that could shoot you down as a citizen include using any controlled substances and violating any state, US or foreign country laws, and habitual drunkenness or drunk driving.
  • There are many more examples. They?re all covered in the eBook.

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How do I get a green card?

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Will your eBooks give me information on how to get a green card for my offshore fiancé? Will it tell me how to get it fast? How soon can she work after she is here? Are there any other complications I should know about, or avoid?

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Your questions sound simple. We wish the answers were simple, too. The answers are why we publish the eBook ?Bring Your Fiancé(e) or Spouse Home to the United States.? We?re going to give you some comments directly out of this eBook, as written by the author:

  • ?You?ve found the one whom you want to spend your life with.?
  • ?Now you need to figure out how to navigate the process (to get) your beloved to the United States.?
  • ?The hoops you have to jump through can seem a little overbearing.?
  • ?This guide will show you?how to assemble an airtight immigration package that will bring your fiancé(e) into the country as quickly and easily as possible.?
  • ?For the most part (it) was written from the perspective of an engaged couple.?
  • ?All you need is to get through the immigration process.?
  • And that?s where Australia Marriage Visas is going to stop for now. The next step starts with using a ?K form.? Problem is there are four types. Use the wrong one, and it?s rejected. You start over. And after that there are a few more steps before you get to the section ?Green card via marriage.?

    What this book does for you is give in clear, step-by-step format every step you must make. It leads the route to your green card as easily and quickly as possible. Follow it, and it will get your fiancée into your arms as fast as it possibly can. To check on the progress of her visa visit the USCIS?s site: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/?mode=WN.

    We are not trying to evade your question, my friend, or to sell you an eBook. But it?s the simplest way Australia Marriage Visas knows of to give you all your answers.

    Things are not as simple as they once were. If you had asked us this question 25 or 50 years ago, we could probably have given it to you in a few paragraphs, or maybe even a sentence. Not today.

    Look at the good part. If you get this book, go through all this trouble, get your fiancée here, and she is in your arms, you must really be in love!

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What kind of legal help can I get with the visa process if English is not my first language?

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I read all your eBooks. I find them very helpful regarding what I must do. And they will save me dollars on what I have to do to bring my family into my new country. But English is not my first language. I think I need some legal help because of my limited English. I now have my own business. Can you tell me where I can get some help? Perhaps you can suggest a source that is not too expensive.

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First of all, congratulations on handling English to date. You do very well. But keep studying. Your family will need English to enter or live comfortably in the US as well. In fact, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services recently changed the 100 questions to obtain citizenship in the US. Special emphasis is given to English language and writing skills. The same could happen to visa applications. To directly answer your question regarding language help, here are a few suggestions:

  • Since you read all three books, you must have read about www.usa-green-card.com, our parent company. It specializes in getting diversity visas that allow immigrant families to live and work in the United States.
  • Immigration Lawyers: Phone your local bar association. Ask for a lawyer they would recommend. If you do talk to one, ask for his references: people whose families he helped bring into the country. Preferably ask for families who speak your language. Phone them. Ask what they think about the lawyer. Ask for a written quote from the lawyer: a total, all-inclusive figure. Hold him or her to it. Unfortunately, some professionals seem to let unexpected expenses climb into their time charts. And they will try to bill you extra, unless you have a firm, written figure. Lawyers can be very expensive.
  • Immigration experts: You can get names from the phone book. But it?s still too easy for people to claim they are experts in this field when they really have very few qualifications. Like lawyers, ask for the expert?s references, from clients who speak your language. Get an all inclusive, total, written statement of his or her price. And don?t pay more.
  • Federal government assistance: Visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services site: www.uscis.gov. It contains a section entitled ?Finding Legal Advice.? Although a complicated site at times, it also has or a section on ?Language Translation? services. USCIS can also direct you to a site or number of sites that offer such services. We hope this helps answer your question.
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What makes your eBooks different?

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I?ve tried other books about meeting a girl I might love and bring onshore for marriage and to start a family. Most of them just made me more confused. They made it seem more difficult. What?s different about your eBooks?

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Clarity. Australia Marriage Visas writes it straight. We write it clear. If you can understand what you are reading here, you?ll understand what is in our eBooks. Here are a few relevant points:

  • Every writer we hired or hire is qualified as writing professional. They know how to write clearly, accurately, and to the point.
  • Professional editors check all our eBooks, or any changes to them, before they go out to the public.
  • There?s no information overload. We give you exactly the information you need to weave your way through the spousal search, visa, and citizenship paperwork maze.
  • We are honest: an immigration lawyer or expert has checked every fact in our eBooks. You know what you read is accurate. But the lawyers don?t write it. The writers write it, in layman?s language so you can understand it.
  • Every eBook or change is also sent out to our worst critics, before it is published. So if they complain?and they do?we check it, until we get it right. Then we publish it.

We?re not going to tell you that some of the data in these eBooks is not complicated. But we did not make it that way. Government made the laws, and all the amendments. But what we do is take all of that verbiage and the 100 word sentences, and write them in clear 10 word sentences so you can understand it.

If at any time you find any of our eBooks are not doing what we said above, tell us. We?ll rap the proper knuckles, and make sure it becomes clear.

Thank you for asking the question.

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What kind of follow-up can I expect after I buy your eBooks?

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I?m very interested in buying your three eBooks. But do you supply any follow-up data after. Or is that it? And then we are at an end?

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No. You?re not at an end. In fact, after awhile, you?ll probably start to think Australia Marriage Visas as your source of updates on what is new. It takes about five years from the time we first help you get into the country, until you get citizenship. So try to use us. We?ll be here in the good times and the bad times. What we suggest you check regularly is the following sources of updates and information:

  • Newsletters: Our site provides a section on newsletters. These add new and important data concerning marriage visas, obtaining citizenship, finding a spouse abroad, etc. As changes in immigration and citizenship law occur, or any other data we think will help pops up, we?ll put it there. You should visit us often.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): We frequently add answers to questions that our clients ask us, for the benefit of all visitors to the Australia Marriage Visas site. More are always coming in, and more will always be answered and posted to our FAQ page. You should drop in and see us at this place from time-to-time. We think you?ll find it interesting: what others, like you, are thinking and asking.
  • It?s like group therapy. While you are weaving your way through government?s red tape paperwork on the way to finding your mate, our newsletters and FAQ might help you.

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