Thanks very much, Transpondia! Very helpful!
I'm actually asking for a friend .. really, I am
I've gone through this process already, about a year ago and have a spousal visa. My friend is in the beginning stages, and has been advised they can marry here while she is visiting on her 6 month visa.
I thought that sounded odd, as it was definitely *NOT* an option for us a year ago. So I came straight to the experts! It seems as though the COA has been taken out of the equation, but it doesn't make it easier, right?
So basically, she must go back to the States for anything to happen, because she cannot change her status of tourist visa. Even if they got married here, she would still have to go back to US to apply for Spousal Visa, and it would be more of a risky application. Once in the States she can apply for MVV or Fiance Visa, OR they can get married in States and she can apply for Spousal Visa.
Am I correct?