Kids or No Kids
One of the most important and life critical factors when seeking an international bride is that of parenthood. Let’s review the possibilities first.
- Perhaps you have minor children now. In America, this of course means that your progeny is eighteen years or younger.
- You have decided that you do not wish to procreate at all. This is, of course, your right but it is rare.
- You may have a vasectomy. Although it can be reversed, it is expensive and the result is not assured. Age is also a factor.
- You have no problem becoming father to a child or children your bride has now. If so, it is very likely that the biological father will have to agree. Naturally, there may also be paternal grandparents.
- You may wish to have a child with your bride. This is especially true if both of you are younger.
As you can see, this is very complicated and critical. In my experience, I have encountered many clients who are very attracted to a lady, but are not interested in a child. This is very short sighted. You see, here is the reality. Many of the profiles are of single mothers. You can easily prove this for yourself.
If the lady is of child bearing age and has no children – guess what? The odds are very high that she wants to become a mother.
Therefore, unless you find a lady who is in her late forties or more and has no children, you must have an opinion about fatherhood. Ladies in this circumstance are very rare. Again, you can easily prove this for yourself.
Parenthood varies a great deal among cultures. Typically Eastern European women (Ukraine and Russia) will have perhaps one or two children. Latin American countries will favor more. Because of government policy and culture, you will often find Chinese ladies who have no children.
So, what is the point of all this? You MUST have an opinion about it. It is easy and enticing to be attracted to young, beautiful girls that are well beyond your age. This is natural when on a romance tour. Their older sisters are often ignored. Parenthood is probably the most important factor you must consider. It is wise to make this decision before you depart, and adhere to it.
So, what does the law say about this? If it is only the lady, you can apply for a K1 “fiancée” visa. This is a relationally simple process as it only involves the lady.
However, if there are minor children involved, it is more complicated. This is a K2 visa. Other than the parental factors mentioned above, here is what the law says.
- The child must be under the age of twenty one.
- They must not be married.
- They must wish to immigrate to America.
So, you see there is benefit to a woman who has a child or children who meet these criteria. Obviously, a serious discussion must take place with her and her family.
You are free to file either visa yourself, but perhaps an immigration attorney would be helpful.
I hope this discussion has been of assistance to you. Best of luck.