Is it better to get married in the US than in the Philippines?

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It depends on your needs and your future plans with your spouse.

It’s better to get married in the Philippines if you plan on staying in the country for good right after getting married. The American citizen spouse can apply for a Residence Visa in the Philippines.

On the other hand, getting married in the US is the better option if you and your partner plan to reside there after the wedding.

Getting married in the Philippines will make the Filipino spouse’s U.S. visa application process longer and more complicated. You’ll also spend some time away from each other during the process as the foreigner spouse will be required to go back and stay in the U.S. so he can petition his/her spouse’s Immigrant Visa.

An American citizen must be currently residing in the U.S. to be able to execute an Affidavit of Support, which is one of the requirements for an immigrant visa petition. Once the petition is filed, you’ll have to wait for 6-12 months for the visa.

By contrast, if you get married in the U.S. while on a K1 or the Fiancé /Fiancée Visa, the waiting time will only be 3-6 months. You’ll also get to live with your spouse while waiting for the visa. The downside, however, is your family and friends will be less likely to attend your wedding.

Go back to the main article: How to Get Married in the Philippines with a Foreigner: An Ultimate Guide