Getting married after winning DV Lottery: There are some frequently asked questions concerning DV lottery, such as, is marriage after Green Card Lottery even allowed? Or Can I get married after the DV lottery results are out?
In this guide, you will learn in full details, the answer to some of the questions regarding the issue of getting married after winning DV Lottery.
Question: Is marriage after Green Card Lottery even allowed? Or Can I get married after the DV lottery results are out?
The simple answer is yes, you are allowed to get married after winning DV Lottery. But as long as the marriage is the real marriage, is a bonafide marriage.
You will need to have evidence to prove that you got married in the real marriage, not to get married so that your spouse that you married comes with you to the United States of America.
Unlike the person who got married maybe before DV lottery, that person will just showed the marriage certificate, that’s all, but the one who got married after the DV lottery result are out, you might be asking some other questions to show maybe the marriage photos, the wedding photos or the engagement photos.
They might ask you those questions or they might ask any other evidence beyond just the marriage certificate.
If you are Christian, Muslim, whatever, you can get the letter from the pastor/priest or from the Imam or from the local government leader. They might ask some extra evidence to prove that you are married.
But yes, you are allowed to get married after the DV lottery results are out. But remember that they have the reason to suspect that this might be some sort of shady business.
Make sure that you have extra evidence, even if without being asked, so that you can avoid any type of questioning and be able to be given the visa to go with your spouse to the United States of America.
Question: If a DV lottery winner got married before his interview appointment, can he add his wife information with his DS-260 form?
There is no problem here if your marriage is real and a not a sham one to get 2 green cards out one winning entry, mostly for financial gain.
Be prepared to be subject to some scrutiny at the interview about your marriage, but if you knew your partner for a while and you are married for reals, there should not be much of a problem.
Your marriage WILL be thoroughly tested to see if it is genuine. If there is any hint of fraud, you will be declared inadmissible.
Marriage fraud is one of the most common immigration crimes. If is a federal crime with very severe penalties for US citizens who participate. For the immigrant, it means never getting into the USA for life.
Remember: Winning the DV lottery DOES NOT guarantee you a visa. It just moves you to the front of the line for processing. If your petition is evaluated and found to be fraudulent in any way, you will be denied the same as anyone else.
If you have plans to marry shortly after the announcement of the results, you may decide to hold back submission of your DS-260 until you have married, so that you can include your spouse on the first submission of the forms.
However, if you have already submitted your DS-260 and marry while you are waiting for interview, you can request KCC to unlock your form (email is best) and then modify your DS-260 to include your new spouse (including modifying your own entry to reflect your new marital status).
In the email requesting the form unlocking, include a scan of the marriage certificate which will be added to your KCC file (later sent to the embassy or Field office if doing adjustment of status).
If the marriage happens after the case has been passed to the embassy for a scheduled interview, you should still inform KCC as a precaution but your actual approach is to handle the change direct with the embassy.
Some embassies are relaxed about who attends the interviews, others are very unrelaxed, so in some cases you will have to contact the embassy or ask KCC to contact them on your behalf to get your spouse added to the interview schedule.
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