What to Know When Marrying Someone from Another Country
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What to Know When Marrying Someone from Another Country

You can’t control who you fall in love with – or how you fall in love. For the modern generation, long-distance relationships are more common than ever before. There are many dating apps and sites that match you with people from all over the world. With so much technology, you can see and speak to someone as often as you want. Before you know it, you’ve fallen in love! The two of you have met in person a few times, and you’ve started dating. Time has passed, and you think they’re the one. You think the timing is right, so you want to get married. We will discuss things you need to know when marrying someone from another country.

Marriage is very exciting, but it’s a lot harder when you’re in love with someone that lives in a different country. You’ll find more barriers and stumbling blocks in your way, so here’s what you should know when marrying someone from another country:

Immigration issues and visas

Obviously, one of you will leave their country to move to a different one. This throws up plenty of immigration concerns as you will need to apply for a visa. In some cases, this is a straightforward application with no issues. However, it’s highly common for visas to be denied by governments. You think this is unfair, so you have to hire an immigration lawyer for your immigration appeal. The point is that this is a long and confusing process that can set you back many months. So, before you start planning a wedding, be sure you have all the immigration documents sorted out!

Cultural differences

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Marriage can be entirely different in two separate nations. Most Western countries have a relaxed view on marriage. In other places, there are some significant cultural changes. You might have to ask permission from someone’s parents before you take their hand in marriage. Fail to do so, and you might break so many societal rules that turn their family against you. Make sure you read up on any cultural discrepancies before making a massive mistake and ruin your marriage before it begins. 

The wedding location

Where will your wedding take place? When two people come together from different countries, you obviously wonder which country is best for the wedding. This makes a huge difference as one person’s family/friends will need to travel over for the ceremony. How do you decide where your wedding is located? It’s a tricky decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly!

Are you making a smart decision?

How much time have you actually spent with one another? I don’t mean messaging online or video calling; I mean actually being around one another 24/7. In some cases, you may have lived together for a period before being separated. This is the case when students meet, live in a flat for a few years, then one of them goes back to their home country after graduation. In this case, you have experience living together, so you know that you work. If you’ve not stayed with each other for an extended period, marriage might be a big risk. Perhaps it’s better to live together first and see how things go. 

Consider these things if you want to marry your long-distance lover. The temptation to jump into marriage can be overwhelming, but it’s essential to take a step back and think things through logically! You need to know all the legal and other issues when marrying someone from another country.

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