(Backstory: I am Norwegian, my fiancé is American, we want to marry and live in Norway.)
We have a choice now - go the safe, slow and painful route, or the quicker, less safe one. Apply for a fiancé visa and not see him for a year and a half, or have him come to Norway and marry me right after and apply from here. The second one sounds much more appealing, since it means being apart for 9 months instead of 16, which we have done before so I know I won't die:p
Of course the immigration people are advising us to go the Engagement visa route. But seeing as I am currently just a temp worker at my job we can't start the process until around this summer. From then it takes 8 months:(
We both want to just have my boy come over (on the 90 day visa free visit) and get married a few weeks later, and according to the law he can apply from Norway. I am also thinking if it would be safer for me to go over and marry him in the states, so that we are already married when he enters the country.
I am looking for people who have gone through this or something similar. Did it work to apply from Norway, or did things get screwed up? I want to make extra sure that he doesn't get kicked out while waiting for residency permit.
I heard back from the Norwegian Immigration office yesterday. Things were a little fuzzy for us when it came to the rules, but I got it explained, and it was like I thought.