The Status of Internet Proxy Marriages Under U.S. Immigration Law

"A “Skype marriage” takes place in another country where it is legally registered while the other party participates via video in the United States.  If the marriage is considered legally valid in the foreign country, it will generally be recognized in the US.  On the other hand, such a marriage is considered a proxy marriage, and under §101(a)(35) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), if the parties were not in each other’s presence at a marriage ceremony, there must be proof of consummation for such a marriage to be recognized under immigration law." - Cyrus D. Mehta, Mar. 10, 2013.