Philippine Divorce. If only there was such a thing.
Here’s a very, very common query which I get here at PhilFAQS.
I’m married to Pinoy. And we no longer live and now i have boyfriend in California and he wants to apply petition a fiancée visa. Is there have a chance to go there and approve my petition even I’m still married here in the Philippines?
And, since the law of the Philippines forbids divorce between Filipino citizens, once you are married, you pretty much stay married.
- 1 Can I Get Married Even If I Am Already Married?
- 2 Nonimmigrant Visa for a Fiancé(e) (K-1)
- 3 … Both the U.S. citizen and the K-1 visa applicant must have been legally free to marry at the time the petition was filed and must have remained so thereafter….
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Here is a principle upon which I live. You, each and every reader, are free to live by your own principle, conscience and belief. Just do me a big favor and don’t ask me if “it’s all right”. that is up to you, or, as we sometimes say here in the Philippines, “Bahala ka”….
This question comes up so often it may seem boring to some. Yet the comments and questions I receive indicates it is still a big issue that a great many people have no concept of … they are totally uneducated in this department. Short answers are:
Yes, it does matter that she is married and yes, adultery is a crime in the Philippines. Oh, and, no, under the law of the Philippines and the US, it is NOT legal to get married if you are already married….
Here’s a very common question I get here at PhilFAQS … how can a US and a Filipina (Phil-Am) couple get together as quickly and cheaply as possible? I’ll keep this short and simple and answer this readers questions as directly as I can. If any of you have similar questions which I don’t cover here, feel free to write and ask. I value all your comments and I appreciate them greatly….
And here’s what the USCIS says about Fiancée visas and the marital status of those who wish to avail of these visas.
… Both the U.S. citizen and the K-1 visa applicant must have been legally free to marry at the time the petition was filed and must have remained so thereafter….
In short folks, let me say it again. The answer will be the same over and over again, no matter how many times you write to me and ask the question over and over again.
- You can not get married (legally) if you are already married.
- You can not get a Fiancée Visa if you are already married.
- The only legal way for a Filipina woman who is married to another Filipino person is a legal annulment. Doesn’t matter if the marriage was years ago, doesn’t matter if the other spouse deserted you, doesn’t matter if either one of you has changed your mind …
Dura lex, sed lex. (look it up in Google). That’s the law on Philippine divorce.