If you hope to have a fiancé(e) from another country enter the United States and get married to you, you have to comply with certain rules put in place by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Those rules include that their entry must be within 30 days of your wedding.

Additionally, the USCIS is going to vet your relationship to help them weed out cases of fiancé(e) visa fraud. They may interview you independently, interview you jointly, talk to other people who know you or even review your social media feed.

In many legal scenarios, what someone post on social media can wind up hurting them. However, for couples seeking to legitimize their relationship and secure a visa, social media can actually be beneficial.

Social media post can show the length of your relationship

If you and your fiancé(e) have been a part of one another’s lives for some time but have interacted online for much of that time, what you put on social media can make it easier for you to prove your pre-existing relationship.

The USCIS can track the progression of your relationship over the months or years of posts that discuss your blossoming romance. In other words, posts about the two of you spending time together, getting engaged or planning your future together can help provide a timeline that legitimizes your relationship.

Interactions from community members will show that your relationship is public

A big part of social media is how other people react to your posts and news. Your friends and family members who comment on or like your posts related to your relationship can help demonstrate that your community, including your family and friends, are aware of your relationship and your intention to get married.