U.S. Marriage Visas and Islamic Laws
US Marriage Visa for Muslims. Overview.
We have spoken with various Islamic centers around the world as well as popular known Islamic dating sites such as Half Our Deen, SimplyShia, Khojamatch and realized there needs to be a definitive source to assist a U.S. citizen muslim brother or sister with their U.S. marriage visa options when they want to marry a foreign muslim and bring them to live in the U.S.
In addition to the essential marriage visa options, we have added specific information about how the marriage visa may apply with respect to Islamic laws (Sharia) and Muslim culture and traditions.
Three Types of Marriage Visas for You
It is wonderful that you have met someone, want to get married, and bring them to the U.S. As the U.S. citizen, you must now navigate the U.S. immigration system to bring your partner to the U.S. If your fiancé(e)/spouse is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, then you will need to consider how to obtain a Green card for him or her. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as requesting a Green card when he or she arrives at a U.S. airport.
Depending on your situation, there are several different marriage visas which can be chosen. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. The marriage visa options that work for most couples are:
If a mistake is made or proper documentation is not submitted then it can take an additional 4-6 months. Have patience and plan well so your application will take the least amount of time. According to U.S. Immigration (USCIS), 30% of initial applications are denied or delayed, so be careful.