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What is IMBRA and How will It affect K-1 Processing?


Implemented on March 3, 2006, the International Marriage Broker Regulation applies to international couples who met through a matchmaking agency. The new law requires that information regarding the U.S. citizen (the petitioner) be provided concerning any past criminal activities. That information must be furnished to the matchmaking agency and then disseminated to the foreign fiance(e). 


The purpose of the law is to inform foreign fiance(e)s of their rights as immigrants and to provide options in the event s/he is caught in an abusive relationship. 


Unfortunately, since the implementation of the law,  the Department of Homeland Security has been slow to establish processes to capture this information. Consequently, over one thousand K-1 petitions were approved after March 3, 2006 that needed to have this criminal review. Approximately 1,100 K-1 approvals were sent to U.S. embassies around the world-- they are now being returned to the DHS for this criminal examination. 


The DHS has not provided a time frame regarding when this criminal review will be finished. This delay has created additional stress for international couples seeking to be reunited in the U.S. 


The law firm of National Immigration Services is committed to providing superior K-1 legal services. As such, it will stay on top of these developments and inform its clients as new developments arise. 




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