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I and my fiancee are planning to get married in court (civil marriage) but we dont have anyone to sign as witness while we get married. The local magistrate suggested that his staff members can sign as witness on our wedding certificate.

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1. Is it ok to have anyone from magistrate staff to sign as witness on our marriage certificate?

2. After civil marriage we are filing my green card based on my wife's citizenship, does the above (anyone like staff members) signing on our marriage certificate matters or can this raise questions while interview or create any problems in greencard processing?

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Hi,

It is OK to have any witness, as the issuance of marriage certificates indicates a valid marriage.

After sponsorship by your spouse, you will eventually be scheduled by the USCIS for marriage interview. By that time you will have adequate evidence of residing together as well as evidence of joint assets such as photographs (prior to and after marriage at least, if the marriage photos as not particularly memorable), joint bank account, etc. We have some information re. sponsorship here: www.h1b1.com/Uscitizen.htm

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Ajay K. Arora

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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