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Welcoming Home Your
New Foreign Bride!

Some helpful advice for the most critical time in your courtship!

By the time your foreign fiancee arrives, most International Marriage Agencies figure their job is done and have little to offer until after the two of you have married and it's time to adjust her status. Many agencies offer a kit or service to help you file the appropriate documents that will inevitably allow her to gain temporary citizenship, open a bank account, drive a car, work and travel outside of the country. But what about that 90 day "trial" period which is the whole point of petitioning for a fiancee visa versus a spousal visa? (Spousal visas are applicable when the couple has already married in her country before her first arrival in America.)

It's easy to take for granted the enormous change your girl's life will undergo after joining you in your country. Having spent months getting a fiancee visa and growing your relationship, men often underestimate the bitter-sweet range of emotions girls experience in those precious first few months of K-1 time. Foreign women must reconcile the joy of being with their man and the creation of a new family and life foundation with the sadness around leaving home, families, friends, jobs - basically all that is familiar to them in order to forge a new life in a completely strange world. While many of us expect to see girls getting off the plane kissing the ground shouting "WOO-HOO! I made it!" What we actually witness is far from the celebration we were hoping for. She's strangely quiet and claims to be tired a lot. She's tense - so unlike the relaxed, easy-going girl you fell in love with. Feeling the need to call home every day she finds it hard to focus on daily events in your home. You notice she's not eating much and obviously not very relaxed in her new surroundings. You want to show off your new bride-to-be to everyone you know but she begs you to hold off on social situations. This is so NOT what you were expecting. Nothing you do seems to be right.

The 90 day K-1 fiancee visa period is probably the most critical time of your whole relationship to this point. Trust me when I tell you - it's ALL about her. Failure to help your girl adjust to her new life means no happy ending to the love story you have worked so diligently to have in the first place. The whole key to success here is simple - but not so simple. You must put yourself entirely in her shoes and do what you would need to have done were you the one who just relocated. Anything less gets you nothing but a very stressed, very freaked out fiancee.

Once my foreign fiancee arrives, what can I do to help her feel comfortable in her new home?

There are many things you can easily do to help your fiancee relax and adjust to her new home, but none more important than allowing her as much room and time as she needs to feel she belongs here, in your home, your country, and with you. Here are some good steps to take:


Yes, that's right. Do exactly this. Of course you don't want her to return but to stay on with you happy and in love. It is critical - absolutely crucial - however, to take pressure off of her by letting her (and her family) know that she is in charge of what happens to her and her child the whole time she's here. She is not a prisoner. Tell her you love her, and did all of this to be together forever but - bottom line - if she cannot stay you will help her return to her family. Tell her you will be crushed - but of course you ultimately want what is best for her and her child. Then tell her to just relax, don't think about marriage right away, don't make plans for anything permanent until she is ready. Ask her to try and find things she likes and to just enjoy her time here. Take the pressure of this enormous life change completely off her shoulders. Your reward will be a happy girl who feels empowered and in charge of her circumstances.


Take her to Sears, Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Linens and Things, Kohls, Pier One or some similar store and tell her to buy new dishes, new curtains, cooking utensils, blankets, shower curtains, a painting, candles - whatever! Whether you need the items or not appoint her with the task of updating your furnishings so she begins to feel she is living in HER space and not yours. This gives her a pleasant distraction from all the emotional conflict going through her head. Begin the process of showing her where to get the things she needs for your new family. Women in transition need this reference.

Pull out all the stops for your new family! Be patient and understanding and give them time to feel at home. Those first 90 days are ALL about her!


One mistake I definitely made right away after Viktoria and Sergei arrived was expecting them to be able to handle my typical American diet. Something as simple as Dominos Pizza may be a little much for your girl at first, though she'll definitely crave it eventually. Foreign women will be used to their native diets and chances are if we let them buy whatever food they want they'll cook us some tasty and healthier dishes than we've had in a long time. Find a grocery store with a large produce section. Many cities have international food stores that carry spices and such that we don't find in the more mainstream stores. If you're lucky enough to have a "Garden Fresh" or Trader Joe's - these offer more choices for fish and veggies and - by the way - attract a culturally diverse customer base. It might be interesting for her to hear people talking her language as they shop nearby. Especially if she has a child, let her cook what they are used to eating and don't force micro- waved dinners on them. If your girl is from Russia or Ukraine you'll be begging for borscht, I promise.


Understand her child's needs as they relate to school and social behavior. Help her child find playmates. (But be gentle not to overwhelm her child with too many introductions.) Visit with the child's new school principal to prepare the staff for his/her specific needs as an ESL (English as a Second Language) student. Ask your local library if they can borrow books in your fiancee's native language from other libraries in your state. Show your new fiancee right away the good father you plan to be. Do not be too disciplinary right away. Ease the child into a new routine of expectations. Don't try to redefine acceptable versus unacceptable behaviors all at once right away. Believe me, as her child goes, so shall you all go.


Buy or make her a Russian keyboard and download fonts and software (like those available free at www.loveme. com) that allow her to send and receive emails in her own language. Foreign television programs can be viewed over the internet and are often available from cable or satellite dish services. Buy phone cards or calling plans that give you great rates for her country, enabling her to call home frequently. (See the index in our Helpful Links page for reliable phone card and long distance calling services.) Look for forums on the internet for brides from her country. They exist! These can provide tremendous support from women who have already made the transition. Pull out all the stops! Your future together depends on her successful adjustment to life in America.


Plan to have health and dental insurance available for your fiancee and any children. Have a savings account with a little tucked away for anything unexpected. It is important for you to be able to provide a secure environment to alleviate stress in the event of any special considerations, like a child falling off a bike and breaking an arm, or someone getting a bad toothache. This is critical. Remember that you are solely responsible for the well-being of any foreign citizen you petition.


Help those closest to you understand the realities of your lady's relocation. Tell them she may be a little shy at first because of her English level. If you have adult children you must settle any personal financial/inheritance/insurance issues before she arrives to assure good relations. Be very sensitive that she may not feel she fits into your social circle right away. Stand by her side when others are around, avoid putting her in awkward social situations and help others to get to know her. Don't leave her side until you know she is comfortable talking with the people around her. Once her true charm and personality come out, they will all understand perfectly why you tried so hard to find her in the first place.


Guys will occasionally try to control spending by limiting a fiancee's access to money. This is usually a bad idea. Intelligent, resourceful, independent women aren't going to enjoy feeling like a kid asking for an allowance. You can help your thrifty foreign girl out by not refusing her money, rather by helping know where to find a good deal. Most foreign women will be all over that. One area of confusion during fiancee visa time happens when your girl needs to buy clothing for herself or her child, especially if she is from the Former Soviet Union. Clothing in the FSU is typically very expensive. When she therefore goes shopping for a jacket, for example, she would expect to spend $100 or more easily here just as she would back home. We may balk at spending large amounts unnecessarily since we usually know where to find a suitable bargain but our girl may think we're being stubborn or worse - cheap! Walk into any mall and you'll find plenty of clothing stores that cater to younger, fashion-minded women on a budget. Try Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal, Forever 21 to name a few. These are great places to find blouses, skirts and accessories for under $30 (and clearance rack items for even less) and many are - get this - made in America! Again, take your girl to Target, Kohls, Walmart - let her see from the beginning that everyday clothes can be purchased easily and inexpensively. Many foreign women don't seek to spend unnecessarily but will need access to money in order to buy the things they would normally buy on a weekly basis. Be sure to allow for this!

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