The new USA law on dating agency(s)
Effective 3-6-2006 Important
The Dating Law is in effect when our clients meet in our office face to face. During this meeting YOU and the LADY can exchange personal information. In case you want to discontinue your correlation/correspondence/communication with each other our agency requests that both parties return any previously exchanged information. ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION IS COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL. Do not exchange personal information before you meet with LADY. To prevent identity thief our agency strongly discourages any registered clients from making available any private information without meeting LADY first. Agency will provide LADY with information allowed by our client prior to the meeting. Both parties will exchange paper work only upon agreement to continue relationship.
There are many questions regarding the recently passed USA law about international dating agencies (International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005), which was signed passed by Congress on 5th January 2006.
Both USA clients and non-USA clients are asking questions about how it will affect the way we conduct business at our company.
This information is for your your worries or concerns, so you understand our position in regard to this new USA law.
1st RU Ladys WILL comply with this USA law in its entirety (no exceptions).
This is a valid law which has been voted by the majority of votes in Congress and signed by the President of the United States.
We comply with all applicable and relevant laws of all countries where we have clients. We are a fully-licensed Introduction Agent in Russia, and we will NEVER intentionally violate any law of any country.
2nd, our compliance with the USA law will NOT affect our clients from any other country.
The site will modify its operation (prior to meeting the lady's face to face) in regard to our USA clients ONLY. Clients from other countries than USA will not be affected.
3rd, RU Ladys will make our compliance with the law as smooth as possible, both for our USA clients and the ladies.
The most debated issue of this law was the personal disclosure of a man, which was supposed to be signed by the lady before any personal contact between a man and a woman could occur. Personal contact information is full name, address, telephone numbers, e mail addresses, etc. This does not require any compliance until you meet , FACE to FACE, in our local offices.
4th, If you as a USA client meet someone through an agency that doesn't comply with this new law, it can make your visa application INVALID OR IMPOSSIBLE to obtain.
I have discussed this law with an immigration lawyer John Roth, and he furnished us with facts on its provisions to comply.
According to the law, EVERY foreign fiance/fiancee will have to answer during the visa interview the question whether or not he/she met their USA boyfriend/girlfriend via a dating agency, and if yes, then they will have to disclose what dating agency it was and whether the agency was complying with the new law. The imigration inspectors may require copys of the signed forms.
Those questions will be MANDATORY for all fiancee visa and spouse visa interviews for an entry visa to the USA.
If the dating agency was not complying with the new law, your visa petition may be considered invalid as the rights of the foreign fiance/fiancee were violated, This may lead to additional legal problems for the USA citizen.
If you meet a lady, through a dating agency that was not complying with the new law, you may NOT be able to bring her to the USA.
You and RU Ladys will need to complete the 4 (FOUR) following items, prior to meeting any of our lady's, It will be valid for use on one lady or many lady's for 30 days from when it is signed.
1 RU Ladys need to run a "Sex offender" report on you , this must be forwarded to the lady. A Copy will be kept in our local office on file.
2 RU Ladys will need a questionnaire filled out by you in regards to, previous marriages and deposition of them(if more than one),if you are currently married, Children under the age of 18, Criminal arrests or convictions, Drug or Alcohol arrests, Restraining orders, Prostitution or human smuggling arrests, the states you have lived in. This information must be supplied for the past 20 years. A copy of your scanned and signed form will be kept on file in our local office.
3 RU Ladys will have the lady sign a form stating she wishes to share her contact information at the time of your meeting. An Original Copy will be kept in our local office on file.
4 RU Ladys must supply her a pamphlet to her explaining her rights under USA law. The form will be translated to the native language of the lady.
This is quite simple and doesn't take lots of time. We already have a mechanism in place that will allow those forms to be downloaded, signed and sent to RU Ladys easily
As it can be unpleasant in answering those questions, at the end of the day, honesty in relationships is the best policy.
We feel that having answers to those questions can actually make ladies more comfortable and secure in Face to Face meetings.
To correspond , you will not be required to do any of this forms, its only when you meet.
RU Ladys have discussed this law with an immigration lawyer John Roth, and he supplied its provisions on being in compliance. Mr Roth is also our retained lawyer in legal questions in regards to our company compliance.
If you have any additional questions about the new law, please read John Roth's web site at:
Frequently Asked Questions
? Q: Will this new law affect the visa process for my fiancee and me since we met through your agency long ago? I have visited her in Ukraine and we want to be married as soon as we get her K-1 visa.
? A: As you know any law doesn't affect anything that happened before the law is implemented, unless stated otherwise. International Marriage Broker Regulation Act does not state anything about relationships initiated prior to the law becoming effective, so any relationships (meetings) before 6 March 2006 shall not be affected. You not obliged to provide any personal disclosure if you have met or started communication with your fiancee prior to this date.
? Q: USA-based agencies state they will no longer serve non-USA clients.
? A: RU Ladys will continue to serve both our USA and non-USA clients.
? Q: The new law is good in the respect that it protects the women but what about the men. What type of screening of when a women on the site?
? A: Women undertake a complete background check at th e time of your filing for the fiancee visa to enter USA.
When women apply to RU Ladys, we keep a copy of their passport on file, so they must be serious minded to allow it to be copied. The new law only requires background disclosure from USA clients.
? Q: I have been corresponding with a lady I met on your site for a while. I am going to visit her in Russia in April. My question is what do we need to do to "document" my visit if we decide later to apply for a bridal or K1 visa for her?
? A: You should have everything that is related to your relationship and not only to your visit overseas: your letters, emails, receipts for phone bills, your plane tickets, tickets to the places you visit together, your hotel bills, etc, etc. As far as we know, the more documents you can produce that prove the length and intensity of your relationship, the stronger the basis for truth on the visa interview.
? Q: I don't know what the big deal, about this new law. I like it because it will protect the ladies from unscrupulous men, just as the men have been somewhat protected from unscrupulous ladies. I wont to deal with an agency that didn't comply to this law, because it would tell me that they must have something to hide.
? A: RU Ladys agree's that the new law is no trouble for good men. Although it is quite a change for dating agencies; there is work in translating the documents (they have to be presented to ladies in their native language), having the ladys them to sign the release and convey this information back to the man. We believe RU Ladys can handle this change smoothly.
Example of Lady's form stating she wishes to share her contact information
I, __________, acknowledge and attest to the fact that RU Ladys has provided me, in my primary language, Ukrainian/Russian/Spanish/Portuguese, with the following information prior to my upcoming meeting with ______________ (hereinafter referred to as "the United States client"),
1. A copy of any records retrieved from the search by RU Ladys of the U.S. National Sex Offender Public Registry, or of the relevant State sex offender public registry for any State not yet participating in the U.S. National Sex Offender Public Registry, in which the United States client has resided during the pre-vious 20 years, or docu-mentation confirming that such search retrieved no records; and
2. Background information, signed and certified by the United States client, describing and attesting to the following personal information:
a. Any temporary or permanent civil protection order or restraining order issued against the United States client.
b. Any Federal, State, or local arrest or conviction of the United States client for homicide, murder, man-slaughter, assault, battery, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, abusive sexual contact, sexual exploi-tation, incest, child abuse or neglect, torture, traf-ficking, peonage, holding hostage, involuntary ser-vitude, slave trade, kidnapping, abduction, unlawful criminal restraint, false imprisonment, or stalking.
c. Any Federal, State, or local arrest or conviction of the United States client for-
i. solely, principally, or incidentally engaging in prostitution;
ii. a direct or indirect attempt to procure prostitutes or persons for the purpose of prostitu-tion; or
iii. receiving, in whole or in part, of the proceeds of prostitution.
d. Any Federal, State, or local arrest or conviction of the United States client for offenses related to con-trolled substances or alcohol.
e. Marital history of the United States client, including whether the client is currently married, whether the client has previously been married and how many times, how previous marriages of the client were terminated and the date of termination, and whether the client has previously sponsored an alien to whom the client was engaged or married.
f. The ages of any of the United States client's children who are under the age of 18.
g. All States and countries in which the United States client has resided since the client was 18 years of age.
h. The information and resources pamphlet on domestic violence developed under section 833(a) of the Inter-national Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 setting forth the legal rights and resources for immigrant victims of domestic violence as well as information on the following:
i. The K nonimmigrant visa application process and the marriage-based immigration process, including condi-tional residence and adjustment of status.
ii. The illegality of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in the United States and the dynamics of domestic violence.
iii. Domestic violence and sexual assault services in the United States, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
iv. The legal rights of immigrant victims of abuse and other crimes in immigration, criminal justice, family law, and other matters, including access to protection orders.
v. The obligations of parents to provide child support for children.
vi. Marriage fraud under United States immigration laws and the penalties for committing such fraud.
vii. A warning concerning the potential use of K non-immigrant visas by United States citizens who have a history of committing domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, or other crimes and an explanation that such acts may not have resulted in a criminal record for such a citizen.
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