Legal Recognition of Proxy Marriages
A legal proxy marriage is recognized by every U.S. State (including Iowa*) and every U.S. territory. Moreover, a legal proxy marriage is recognized by the United States Federal Government as well as all branches of the United States Military.
Under U.S. immigration law, a legal proxy marriage is deemed to be valid if it is subsequently consummated. A non-American spouse in an unconsummated proxy marriage may enjoy the same immigration benefits as does a fiancé (such as applying for a K-1 Visa), provided that the other spouse is a U.S. citizen.
* To be recognized as legally valid pursuant to Iowa State Law, marriages, which are originated via proxy, must be further perfected; moreover, additional processing is required. Please inform us if you will need your proxy marriage to be recognized under Iowa State Law.
The U.S. Federal Government, including the U.S. Armed Forces will recognize your proxy marriage as being legally valid, no matter where you or your future spouse may be stationed or otherwise located, even if either of you reside or hold marital property in Iowa.