I'm an Italian citizen, in a 4 years long relationship with a US citizen. We would like to get married by the end of this year, and ideally I would initially move to the USA and find a job there. We know that there are multiple options (getting a fiancé visa, getting married in Italy and applying for a spouse visa...) but we are somewhat lost on which one works best and what we should do in order to make this as painless and fast as possible.
Avoiding huge fees with immigration lawyers would be nice but we are getting in touch with a few of them as well.
- costs limited to the minimum necessary
- relative speed in the process: being able to set a date for a religious wedding (-> at the same time or after the civil one) in the USA at the end of summer / in the fall
- limiting the chance of being refused a visa
- dealing with as little bureaucracy as possible
What is the best way and what are the steps required for it to work? Personal experiences highly welcome!
Would it be possible for us to have a religious wedding in the USA while I am in the United States only on the Visa Waiver program, while waiting for the results of a visa application?