An undocumented immigrant in the United States has the right to marry regardless of immigration status. However, marrying a U.S. citizen in the U.S. will not save an undocumented immigrant from the possibility of deportation.
In Minnesota, there are some basic steps to follow in order to ensure the marriage is valid. The couple wishing to marry must apply for a marriage license which can be done in any county in Minnesota. There is a fee of $115 for the marriage license application. The marriage license application does have a space for couples’ social security numbers; however, you can complete a part on the form swearing that you do not social security number if either you or fiancé does not have a social security number.
Minnesota requires that parties be over 18 years old and capable of making their own decisions in order to obtain a marriage license. If one or both parties are 16 or 17 years of age, they can still get married with parental consent. They will just need to provide the parents’ names and addresses when filling out the application for the marriage.
Minnesota does not allow the following people to marry:
- People who are currently married. If you were married previously, you must have a valid divorce meaning a divorce that follows the laws of the country or state where the divorce occurred. For Minnesota, a divorce order needs to be signed by a judge.
- Parents and their biological or adoptive children cannot marry.
- Grandparents and their biological or adoptive grandchildren cannot marry.
- Aunts/Uncles and their nieces/nephews, if they are related by blood, cannot marry.
- First cousins (Children of your aunt/uncle that you are related to by blood.
Once the marriage license is obtained, your ceremony must be performed by a person authorized to perform marriage ceremonies.