If you are not yet married but interested in doing so by proxy, please read the material below:
Only four states allow proxy marriages and each has its own rules and requirements.
For U.S. immigration purposes, a proxy marriage performed in one of the four states listed below is valid as long as the marriage has been consummated.
California: One of the parties must appear in person and the other must be active duty military who is deployed for a conflict of war.
Colorado: One of the parties must appear in person.
Montana: This is the only state that allows a double proxy marriage. “Double proxy” means that neither party has to appear in person. However, one of the parties must be active duty military but not necessarily deployed.
Texas: One of the parties must appear in person.
If a proxy marriage is performed in one of the four states listed above, it is recognized as a valid marriage in all states except Iowa. It is also recognized by all branches of the U.S. military.
If the marriage has not been consummated, a proxy marriage can be used as proof of relationship when filing for a K-1 fiancee visa.