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How To Marry A Russian Woman? Read To Know More!
Russians don't have the best reputation in the US, that's a fact. However, Russian women have a reputation for being fantastic wives and mothers — and basically, that's not far from the truth. Russian women are both different and similar to American — and if you're thinking of marrying one of these Slavic ladies, there are some details you should know. We are going to tell you these details here — so it's probably the best place you could find if you're really interested in Russian women. And we won't just talk about documents, customs, and culture — the short guide on where to find Russian brides for sale is also waiting for you here. Alright, let's get it started!
Where to find a Russian woman?
We'll cover this in our future posts, but here's what you must know: in a nutshell, you only have three options — one of them is quite expensive and the positive outcome is NOT guaranteed; another one works quite well, but not the way you expect it to work; and the last one is perfectly balanced. What are we talking about?
The 1st option probably comes to your mind right after you start thinking about finding a woman: going there, finding a lady, and approaching her on the street. Or in the club. Or in the mall, whatever. This sounds like a good plan, yeah, but here's the thing: this plan is good only if we're talking about offline dating in your country. In the US, you only need to go outside to meet ladies — there will be no problems with the language they speak, with the cultural barriers, and with the price of doing such a thing. But to meet a Russian on the street and have a little talk, you'll have to:
1) know Russian
2) travel to Russia, which is not that cheap, and
3) be very good at picking the girls up.
There's just no guarantee that you'll meet a lady who'll be ready to become your wife. That's why we believe that it's not the most appropriate way for the majority of the US guys.
Next, Tinder. In this sort of scenario, you sign up for Tinder, go to Russia, use this app, and find a lady. That's what Tinder does, and it does it really well — but we won’t sugarcoat it. Point is, this app is focused on a certain type of relationships, which means that even if you talk to a lady on Tinder, it will most likely not be what you're looking for. Hookups, one-night stands, casual sex? Yes. But meeting your future wife on Tinder? We believe that it's not that possible.
And now, special services (some call them mail-bride websites, but it's up to you how to call them actually). We don't want it to sound like ads, but it's actually the best thing you can if you're searching for a wife. Such sites are usually not free, but in general, the prices are quite reasonable. We'll talk about such services and about their differences from your average American dating sites in our future posts!
Marriage with a Russian woman: what you need to know?
So, your virtual romance has transformed into a real one. Congratulations — you are making a great choice, guaranteed. But it's not that simple — there are some problems you should be aware of. We're talking about collecting documents and about overcoming cultural differences (because Russian ladies see marriage in a little different light) — if you're really serious about your girlfriend, you'll see lots of useful details here. Let's start with documents.
Documents for marriage with a Russian girl
So, how to marry a Russian woman? First, you'll have to choose the country where your marriage will take place. If it's Russia, the set of documents you're going to collect differs from the set you'll have to collect in the United States.
Let's begin with Russia. First, you'll need a visa — there are 7 types of visas, but in the absolute majority of cases, the United States residents obtain 2 of them: tourist visa or private visa.
The first type is valid for up to 1 month, while the second type is valid for up to 3 months, but it's not the main difference between them. The main difference is that to obtain a private visa, you'll have to get a private invitation from a relative or friend. So, we recommend getting a tourist visa (but it's up to you). This whole process won't last more than 1 week, what's more, the US citizens usually get a tourist visa in 1-2 days.
Polygamy is illegal in Russia, as well as in the US, so you'll have to prove your single status. It's also very important that you or your fiancée choose a notary in Russia — all the copies of your documents must be translated and notarized when you come to Russia. After that, it's time to go to Russia — there are thousands of registry offices, but you'll have to use those that work with foreigners. The state duty is 350 rubles, which is just $5.6.
After that, it's time to go to the registry office again (because you'll pay a state duty in a bank) and fill some other documents, e.g. marriage application. Then you'll have to wait for 1 month or so because of the queues, but after that, it's done. Congratulations!
If you prefer your marriage to take place in the US, the whole process is a little more time-consuming. It makes some sense because of the US immigration policy, but we won't waste your time talking about it here.
The officer will decide your case, that's how it works for the international marriages in the US, and you will have to do your best to show this as a bona fide relationship. You'll have to write a petition for her to enter the country on a K1 visa (it's often called a fiancée visa), and the biggest problem here is that the rates of marriage/visa fraud are quite high — that is why everything must look perfect. If you haven't ever met your bride, it just won't work out — just think about how it looks for the government. A lady from Russia meets an American on one of the mail order bride sites, they probably have a large age difference, she probably doesn't know English, which means there are both language and cultural barriers, etc. It looks like a scam, and you'll have to spend some time proving that it isn't.
So, at first, think about meeting your fiancée in person, and when we say “in person”, we mean meeting her within 2 years of the application.
Meet her family. Make photos — the more photos you have the better. After that, she will get a visa interview, and (we're not going to sugarcoat it) this interview will not be the easiest thing in the world. The consular officer will ask her LOTS of questions. There is no set list of questions, unfortunately — but she'll most likely have to answer lots of questions about your family (maybe even about something from your childhood), about you (like, what do you do for a living and why do you like/don't like your job), etc, etc. As for the documents, it's not that simple, too — first, you'll have to file a petition on Form I-129F, then she will apply for a visa. After that, she'll be able to apply for a green card finally.
Russian marriage customs
According to Wikipedia, a traditional Russian wedding can last up to 7 days, but in the absolute majority of cases, it's 1 or 2 (less often) days. On the first day, the ceremony and ring exchange takes place. You'll probably have to ask your best friend to be the best man (they are called “witnesses” in Russia). In general, a modern Russian wedding is very similar to a modern American wedding, because the westernization has greatly affected their traditions. However, there are still some things you should know about.
The parents of the bride steal her... Well, it's a game, so relax. To get her back, you'll have to complete some challenges — sometimes these challenges are meant to show your love, sometimes they are just crazy. If you can't complete the challenges, you'll have to pay to the bridesmaids — they can ask for money, but more often, chocolates are enough. Flowers are also good.
It’s a must-do thing when it comes to marriage in this country. It's the first part of a marriage, actually — this is a traditional part of the ceremony, where you'll stand in the church and where you'll be blessed by a Russian priest. Candles, prayers, betrothal rings (you’ll need to buy them too) — this is a very beautiful ceremony. If you are not a Christian, discuss it with your bride.
This is probably one of the coolest things about weddings in Russia. Lots of food, alcohol, cool games, family traditions, sometimes even singing the songs — you'll be tired after the party, but it's surely worth it!
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