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IR-1 Visas for Cambodians Married to Americans Over 50

See transcript of the above video below:

As the title of this video suggests we are discussing the IR-1 Visa in the specific context of Cambodian Nationals and specifically in the context of Cambodian Nationals who are married to an American citizen over 50 years of age.

As we have gone into in great detail in other videos on this channel specifically one regarding marriage to a Cambodian National for an American citizen who's over the age of 50. Cambodia law can be very restrictive with respect to foreign nationals wishing to marry a Cambodian especially when that foreign national is over 50 years of age. Not to put too fine a point on it, but basically Cambodian law will not allow a foreigner over 50 to marry a Khmer National; they basically have made that restriction. 

Now for those who are already married and looking at a Visa option for the United States, the IR-1 visa may be a good visa to go ahead and pursue.  Those who have been married for at least two years at the time of the foreign spouse's initial admittance into the United States through an Immigration port of Entry, aka a US Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry, that individual will be granted unconditional lawful permanent residence at the time of entry.  Their I-551 stamp will act as a temporary green card for one year following their admission and their initial 10-year green card will be issued shortly thereafter. 

However, those who are not yet married but watching this video who understand with respect to the restrictions regarding marriage for those who are Americans or foreign nationals over 50 to Cambodia Nationals it is probably going to be a good idea to contact a legal professional who understands the interplay of all these issues and especially how these Cambodian restrictions interact with American immigration law as depending on the circumstances perhaps a K-1 fiancée visa may be optimal to a given couple under their given set of circumstances. Meanwhile, depending on the circumstances, if the couple is already married, certainly a marriage visa is probably going to be the most viable option.  But under certain circumstances where a marriage has yet to occur, a third party or third country jurisdiction, a marriage occurring in a third country jurisdiction, may be the optimal way to go ahead and deal with some of those restrictions or sort of for lack of a better term, circumvent some of those restrictions associated with Cambodian law as once a legally recognized marriage, legally recognized for purposes of US Immigration purposes, has been affected, going ahead and seeking immigrant visa benefits thereafter, shouldn't really be that big of an issue.  

That being said, again I stress this. It is a good idea to contact a legal professional to understand the interplay of all of these issues in order to best seek the most optimal set of options with respect to both marriage to a Cambodian National as well as a US Immigration benefits.