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    I did shop around about the services the cheapest is $550.00 plus $285.oo cost of court fee. Where as same services in home country for $80.oo only.
    But the problem, I foresee is the INS may ask that u got divorce paper from home country, while u are physically here in USA. They may make big problem, that's why I requested ur views. Thank again.

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    it probably depends on what country the divorce is from. I guess I wouldn't risk the INS accepting my divorce papers, because then you would be subject to deportation, because your current marriage wouldn't be valid. It isn't expensive to get a divorce here. There are services which can do it for a few hundred dollars, and then you know it will be accepted.

    In answer to poster before you, the US does not allow bigamy--so if one is married --anywhere-- it does matter. you can only be married to one person here. It even says this on the adjustment application, it asks if you plan to practice bigamy-- if you commit fraud, you could jeopardize your application. Why would anyone risk this? If you don't want to be married to that other person --whereever they are-- why not just divorce them so your marriage here is legitimate?

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    u didn't give reply to my question.

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    BCIS doesn't really care if you have been devorced or single in his home country when he came here. He got devorced in his home country so he can file his status as a single. He is here in the U.S. and different law than his home country. Someone can marry in the u.s. eventhough they are married in their home country nobody will find your status in your home country except you will tell to anybody.

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    A divorce paper from UK shouldnt pose any problem, you are ok.

    Plus you dont even have to have it translated, thats good.

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    I have a question about divorce papers. Do u think the bcis will question a divorce paper obtained from home country, while both husband & wife are here in USA? This is because to obtain a divorce paper here in USA in not only expensive but also very time taking. I was wondering, if I can get our divorce paper from my home country while me & my wife are here in USA. This will cost me very cheap & quick. But at the same time I am worried that it may not be acceptable to BCIS. What is ur knowldge on this subject? Thanks

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    Yes, I'm totally with Max. Just tell her, get it overwith, it really is not a big deal. half the world is divorced! Seriously! You are single. No one I know considers themselves 'divorced'-- I think that stereotype is old-fashioned. just explain to your wife, just like us. You never thought about it until you had to fill out this form, but when you were young you made a brief mistake. You don't think about it because it was so long ago, and never brought it up because it wasn't relevent (and it isnt'). I don't think you need to tell everyone you know, like you have this big secret. Just talk to your wife. She is the only one that this is pertinent to.

    Meanwhile, I totally agree with Max on the divorce papers. Make sure that they are legal. The INS can be picky about divorces which didn't happen in the USA. Since you're from the UK, I wouldn't expect there would be much of a problem. Two friends of mine (US and UK cits.) just went through it and her divorce wasn't questioned.

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    Of course, that would be the right thing to do.

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    Before you get married again, first tell your wife about it...and second make sure that your previous divorce is valid for the INS or you are going to have some serious problems!

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    No nothing to hide. Rather I came here and didn't like being labelled "divorced" at the time when making friends I just never brought my history up and, quite frankly, I've never been asked. I've never been asked if I was married and therefore didn't bother telling people. Three years down the line it's hard to just come out with it as I'm sure it'll be quite a shock. I have nothing to hide, in my mind I am single and don't see it being a big deal. Other people of course wouldn't see it that way. So as you can see, I'm in a bit of a dilema. Of course the right thing to do would be to come clean, it's not a secret and to me it was something I did a long time ago when I was young. It's just I put off telling people for so long it's hard to just tell all right now.

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    Tell your future wife about the previous marriage, whats the big deal?

    If you dont do so, first the INS could deport you for lying and second your future wife is gonna know one way or another and might get pissed because you lied...is that what you want?

    Some people are really tired of being happy...

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    Yes.

    When you get your marriage license, you have to declare if you have been married before and show the papers. If you do not correctly take this step, the marriage license may be invalid, and you won't really be married. So I think you will have to tell your fiancee regardless.

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    ok, lets say thats not an option right now. What if:

    I get my GC through company sponorship and not through getting married. In that application to INS I provide divorce paperwork. When it comes to getting married to my new wife, do I still have to provide divorce paperwork?

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    As long as your previous marriage didn't involve a previous petition to the US, I don't see why they would bring it up, especially as it was so long ago. However, if what you are asking is if in the interview they will ask if you were married previously, yes.
    They will want to see copies of the original divorce decree, it won't go further than that, but certainly your wife will know because she will be sitting there.

    I don't personally know if on a work-sponsored greencard they ask if you were married before, but a family-based petition is better I think. But check with others on this board.

    Still, I don't see what the big deal is. Are you hiding something? I don't mean to sound accusatory, it's just seems like such a small thing to worry about. Unless there's we don't know the whole story...

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    jj23--
    well it is probably time you told your wife, if it isn't a big deal, then no problem. But seriously, you risk your application by not filling it out correctly. As previous posters said, you were single, so that was fine on other documents, but for AOS, you have to note if you've been married before and include copies of the divorce. Like those before said, it isn't a big deal. many people have divorces, the INS just needs to know that the marriage was legally terminated, so that the one you are in now is valid.

    The bigger issue to me is, telling your wife. Best to be upfront now, you don't want to begin your lives with a lie together.

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