She is really the brains behind the operation and she directed me to this site earlier in the week over something she read about online. It seems that our forever growing, over reaching, over complicating federal government has something called IMBRA or International Marriage Broker Regulation Act which is posted everywhere on this site but no one can seem to figure out what the hell it means or whether the site you met your girl or guy through is one of these "Marriage Brokers".
My first reaction was are you freaking serious??? Like this process isn't complicated and stressful enough just trying to decipher the stupid If and everything else that follows now I have to deal with this nonsense!!! My first thought was email Cherry Blossoms and just ask them are you or aren't you a Marriage Broker? I decided to go off on my own and start reading. I found two news articles that were very interesting and humorous and what I realized is that a marriage broker is something much more than just a dating site.
People are paying thousands of dollars for these "Marriage Brokers" to arrange everything. You see that's the first key, the broker gets paid to set it all up not just to give access to a website where you set up everything like your account, profile, you choose who you talk with and where they are from. A marriage broker does it all you just go along for the ride. Here are the two news articles that I read. The are required by law to do so and if your dating site did not have you sine a form to get a background check done they are either: So after days of grinding over this with my girl, stressing about how to answer that damn question on the If, reading all the back and forth about it on here and other similar sites practically rubbing the hair off my head I get an email and here comes the best part.
I have also attached the CB letter as a pdf file in case anyone wants to download and use it when you respond to the RFE you received.
It should put a quick end to the sheer insanity created by the the federal government. I guess that would just be too easy, it's much better to send out hundreds of RFE 's, cost the petitioner extra money and cause undue stress while doing nothing to help but only to drag out an already arduous process.
My last comment before I let this post fly is there are members who seem to casually throw out the suggestion "just call USCIS and ask them" I have called them, so many times The last time I called I was so irritated by the "customer NON service rep" I just finally asked her "what exactly is your function if you can't ever answer any of my questions?
I need you to clarify your questions on the forms". She apologized and said " I'm sorry sir, we are not able to answer any questions about the forms. We are just a call center, we can only tell you which forms you need to fill out". I just couldn't take it anymore, it was like talking to a robot I mean the USCIS website can do everything these call center people are doing less the irritation of talking with them.
I had to take a moment of silence to contain my frustration when she finally asked "is there anything else I can help you with"? All I could think to say was "I doubt it" and hung up. I mean if the prompts alone don't get you irritated when you actually get someone on the phone that will. I really hope this can help some of you out and I guess if you have any questions please let me know and I'll try to help as best I can. We are planning to submit our petition this Monday and this key piece of information couldn't have come at a better time.
She not even awake yet to read this so I'm sure it's gonna be a great day in the Philippines.. Take care everyone and God Bless your Visa Journey Brian and Marie from: Wed, Jan 13, at 3: Question about IMB mailed-by: There are no introductions or matchmaking services or social referrals between US Citizens and foreign nationals.
There are no written consent forms or contracts that members sign. Members search and communicate with others from their own free will. The government has written a very broad definition that includes almost all companies. These companies profit from the marriage whether it is a valid marriage or not. These companies have an agenda in making the marriage happen. There were no introductions, both of you communicated from your own free will.
Enclosed is our letter. Best wishes, CB Staff P. Our US Visa Support offers an excellent comprehensive visa preparation service. We would be happy to assist you with your questions. For more information please contact us at visa blossoms. Our telephone hours are M-F 7: