Exactly two weeks ago, my (formerly) long-distance love and I finally tied the knot. It was the greatest reward after a such a complicated relationship and the K1 visa process.
As you may now know, you need to get married and file for adjustment of status (AOS) within ninety days of arriving in the United States on a K1 visa. This doesn’t leave much time for wedding planning! Your wedding can still be special with a little advance planning.
- Have a courthouse wedding. My wedding was performed by a court administrator and cost exactly $0. I was able to make arrangements for her to marry us within two days of my initial phone call to my county.
- Buy your clothing in advance. My husband and I had our wedding outfits planned before we ever moved to the United States. Fifteen minutes of ironing and we were ready to go!
- Get a bouquet and corsage. Initially, I thought that our wedding would be so informal that I bouquet would just look silly. Luckily, my father ordered a bouquet for me and a matching corsage for my groom. They looked perfect and made me feel like I was having a “real wedding” and not rushing through the immigration process.
- Have a bottle of champagne ready. Maybe it’s silly, but I think popping a bottle of champagne is a really fun way to mark a special occasion.
- Take pictures and share them! I’ll be honest: the “just married” feeling began to set in as I posted my wedding pictures on Facebook and the congratulations poured in.
Now begins another stage of our life journey and our visa journey. Adjusting to life in America is not so easy; there are new challenges every day. Adjusting status so my husband can become a permanent resident has been much easier. I’ll be writing about both of these issues in the upcoming weeks.