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  • #16
    K1 Visa Help!!!! First Cousins Marriage!! US embassy in Pakistan. Case Halted!!

    Bio, But does the federal government recognize first cousin marriages? E
    Hi:

    It is NOT a "federal" issue right now. The "federal" law looks at
    legally valid marriages under the place of celebration. The exceptions
    are bigamous marriages, gay marriage, transgender marriage and "sham"
    marriages.

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    Immigration & Nat. Law
    Cal. Bar Board of Legal Specialization
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    • #17
      K1 Visa Help!!!! First Cousins Marriage!! US embassy in Pakistan. Case Halted!!

      Hi: It is NOT a "federal" issue right now. The "federal" law looks at legally valid marriages under the place of celebration. The exceptions are bigamous marriages, gay marriage, transgender marriage and "sham" marriages.
      Thank you for your reply. I realized that this was actually what I was
      looking for.

      Elaine

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      • #18
        K1 Visa Help!!!! First Cousins Marriage!! US embassy in Pakistan. Case Halted!!

        Thank you for your reply. I realized that this was actually what I was looking for. Elaine
        Hi:

        You are very welcome.

        In reading the responses to this string -- I am REALLY impressed with
        the ConOff in Pakistan. He has no real obligation to give advice, but
        is giving out really good stuff. Want to marry in NY -- OK, but spouse
        has to MOVE there. That was quite sharp. He may be looking it up and
        trying to help any way he can.

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        Immigration & Nat. Law
        Cal. Bar Board of Legal Specialization
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        • #19
          K1 Visa Help!!!! First Cousins Marriage!! US embassy in Pakistan. Case Halted!!

          Hi: Actually, what appears to have happened is perfectly reasonable and appears to be perfectly solvable. Interesting website at http://www.cousincouples.com/info/states.shtml I googled "first cousin marriage".
          This is by far the stupidest reason I have heard of a case being denied.
          It's unfortunate though, that someone living in Pakistan would stop a
          case knowing very well that cultural and traditional (not to even
          mention religious) ideals such as marrying first cousins are everyday
          practice. What about all of the muslims who marry first cousins in the
          US without the justice of the peace or mullah asking if they are first
          cousins??? I married my first cousin!!!!

          Ms. I should definitely move to West Virginia or register herself under
          a friend/relative's address there to establish residency in order
          to bypass a ridiculous decision made to make an anxious couple's
          life just a little bit harder. It's ironic that the stereotype in
          the US of first cousins marrying is always implied when referring
          to West VA...LOL.

          I apologize for venting here but I am so sick of the backwards ways of
          people in places like Pakistan!!! I can talk because I was born in
          Afghanistan and my brother and sister have cases that were approved and
          sent to Islamabad almost five months ago with no progress to this point.
          They can't even get a freakin address correct!

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          • #20
            K1 Visa Help!!!! First Cousins Marriage!! US embassy in Pakistan. Case Halted!!

            This is by far the stupidest reason I have heard of a case being denied. It's unfortunate though, that someone living in Pakistan would stop a case knowing very well that cultural and traditional (not to even mention religious) ideals such as marrying first cousins are everyday practice. What about all of the muslims who marry first cousins in the US without the justice of the peace or mullah asking if they are first cousins??? I married my first cousin!!!! Ms. I should definitely move to West Virginia or register herself under a friend/relative's address there to establish residency in order to bypass a ridiculous decision made to make an anxious couple's life just a little bit harder. It's ironic that the stereotype in the US of first cousins marrying is always implied when referring to West VA...LOL. I apologize for venting here but I am so sick of the backwards ways of people in places like Pakistan!!! I can talk because I was born in Afghanistan and my brother and sister have cases that were approved and sent to Islamabad almost five months ago with no progress to this point. They can't even get a freakin address correct!
            Hi:

            The ConOff was not prejudiced -- he suggested a way out of the
            conundrum.

            Its a matter of state law and where the marriage is CELEBRATED, not
            where they live.

            By the way, I see you live in Virginia. First cousin marriages are
            allowed in Virginia, but prohibited in West Virginia. [This pursuant to
            a chart I looked up on the Net and is not based upon examination of the
            actual statutes in question].

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            Immigration & Nat. Law
            Cal. Bar Board of Legal Specialization
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            • #21
              K1 Visa Help!!!! First Cousins Marriage!! US embassy in Pakistan. Case Halted!!

              Hi: The ConOff was not prejudiced -- he suggested a way out of the conundrum. Its a matter of state law and where the marriage is CELEBRATED, not where they live. By the way, I see you live in Virginia. First cousin marriages are allowed in Virginia, but prohibited in West Virginia. [This pursuant to a chart I looked up on the Net and is not based upon examination of the actual statutes in question].
              I understand what you are saying and you are correct. The problem that
              I see with this ConOff is the fact that he stopped the case completely
              because of this issue. That is really tough to swallow for a couple who
              has been waiting to be together and all other aspects of the paperwork
              have been approved. All he had to do was approve the case and tell them
              to go and get married in a different state. I don't think that they
              should lie about being first cousins but I highly doubt that any city
              hall in Pennsylvania will ask them outright...just my two cents.

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              • #22
                K1 Visa Help!!!! First Cousins Marriage!! US embassy in Pakistan. Case Halted!!

                I understand what you are saying and you are correct. The problem that I see with this ConOff is the fact that he stopped the case completely because of this issue. That is really tough to swallow for a couple who has been waiting to be together and all other aspects of the paperwork have been approved. All he had to do was approve the case and tell them to go and get married in a different state. I don't think that they should lie about being first cousins but I highly doubt that any city hall in Pennsylvania will ask them outright...just my two cents.
                Hi:

                Although City Hall won't ask them, the marriage would still be what us
                lawyer-types call "void-ab-initio" -- i.e. illegal.

                The ConOff was not allowed to grant the visa in these circumstances but
                it sounds like he was begging them to make the application approvable.
                There have been several times where clients overseas have called me
                about that **** ConOff who refused a visa for no reason. And when I
                call, the ConOff WANTS to grant the visa if the client will do just one
                little thing. I think that is present here.

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                Immigration & Nat. Law
                Cal. Bar Board of Legal Specialization
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                • #23
                  I Married my Cousin, will i have any problems? help

                  Hola: Everyone
                  I am very impress you guys have alot of info. My quiestion and I really hope anyone can help me. I just got married 3 weeks ago in Colombia with my first cousin and now I just got a lwyer and am starting all the paperwork so we can be together. My question is well there be any problems for him to get his paperwok if we are cousins?? And when he has the interview with the counsel should he saw we are fisrt cousins?????
                  Please anyone that has any info let me know....
                  Thank YOU!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Izy
                    Hola: Everyone
                    I am very impress you guys have alot of info. My quiestion and I really hope anyone can help me. I just got married 3 weeks ago in Colombia with my first cousin and now I just got a lwyer and am starting all the paperwork so we can be together. My question is well there be any problems for him to get his paperwok if we are cousins?? And when he has the interview with the counsel should he saw we are fisrt cousins?????
                    Please anyone that has any info let me know....
                    Thank YOU!
                    Please start your own thread rather than tacking on to one over 2 and a half years old if you want it commented upon.
                    Not everything that makes you mad, sad or uncomfortable is legally actionable.

                    I am not now nor ever was an attorney.

                    Any statements I make are based purely upon my personal experiences and research which may or may not be accurate in a court of law.

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