If I’m a US citizen and my boyfriend from India would like to visit the US, if he applies for a missionary visa must we disclose our relationship?

He has been invited by several churches to speak here so he could apply for a B-1 missionary visa. We have no plans to marry during this trip and he would only be here 1 month. I will be his sponsor and cover all financial responsibilities. I don’t want to get in trouble for “dual intent”. He lives with/works for his parents so proof of return won’t be easy without employment/property ownership documents. Is it even worth trying to apply?

Asked on July 14, 2014 under Immigration Law, New York

Answers:

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Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

He does not need to disclose the relationship in getting the visa and coming to the US on the B-1; however, you should not plan to marry within 1 month of his arrival because that will be seen as misrepresentation of intent at the time of entry.  The safe harbor period would be about 90 days after arrival, as that allows for change of intent.


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