The couple lives in Germany and do not plan on moving to the USA, or he becoming a US Citizen, but the German part of the couple often does work in NYC and has heard that he has to wait a few months before traveling to the USA - doesn't make sense to me! Are there restrictions or a waiting period after marrying?

  • Were the couple married in the U.S. or in Germany, and what was the visa status of the foreign partner? I'm not saying these things are necessarily relevant here, but it is often useful background.
    – choster
    Feb 1, 2016 at 19:54
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    I think the concern is that the person might be trying to circumvent the regular spousal visa process and its restrictions. I don't know to what extent this is the case in the US (I assume someone more knowledgeable will provide a proper answer) but because family members enjoy special rights once they are within a country, it's more difficult to remove them than other aliens with no connections to the country. That's how you end up with this somewhat paradoxical consequence.
    – Relaxed
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:11
  • How would the US border officers know that the German person is married to an American?
    – phoog
    Feb 1, 2016 at 21:12
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    One implicitly guesses that one of partners is american, but it would probably be better if you made that explicit in the question.
    – jcaron
    Feb 1, 2016 at 22:48
  • +1 for an interesting question, never heard of this waiting period before. Feb 2, 2016 at 4:38


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