Question & Answers regarding the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act, subtitle D sec. 831-834 (commonly referred to as IMBRA)
Q. What is IMBRA?
A. IMBRA (International Marriage Broker Regulation Act) is legislation that, theoretically, is designed to give foreign women more information about US men. It was attached (it failed to pass when it was initially introduced on its own) to the larger Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act. It went into effect in March, 2006.
Q. What do I have to do to comply with IMBRA?
A. All you need to do is to complete the form that we provide for you in the members area when you register. The form only takes a minute or two to complete and consists of questions regarding certain past criminal acts, marital status, history of restraining orders, whether or not you have children, if you have ever sponsored a fiancée in the past, and the states you have resided in, (It does not contain your personal information such as your address or any information that could be used for identity theft in any way!) and is affirmed by you as being true and correct. The form is then translated into the woman’s native language and must be viewed by each woman you are interested in prior to any exchange of personal contact information.
Q. How will this affect your Romance Tours?
A. You will not notice a difference in the way the Romance tours are conducted other than the fact that all tour participants will have to complete the IMBRA form. Other than that the tours will run as they always have giving you the opportunity to meet hundreds of beautiful foreign women both individually and during our Socials. The IMBRA forms for each tour client will be given to every woman in attendance so you will be free to exchange contact information with any woman or women in attendance.
Q. What does she (the woman) have to do regarding IMBRA
A. She must receive and sign your translated IMBRA form and give that back to us prior to you meeting or exchanging any personal contact information that may lead to a meeting or one on one communication outside of the service.
Q. What if I use a service that does not comply or a foreign service.
A. The law states that it does not matter where the company was set up, United States, Russia, or any country for that matter, it still must comply with this law if it is selling contact information to US residents. The problem will come in when your fiancee applies for her visa. The consular officer must ask her how she met and if she used the services of an International Matchmaker Organization. If you used an agency that does not comply her fiancee visa can be denied. Thus it is very important that you use an agency that is complying with this legislation.
Q. Is there now a limit as to how many Fiancee Visas I can process?
A. The law is somewhat vague on that issue, below is an excerpt from the law that addresses the number of fiancee visas one can request:
Subject to subparagraphs (B) and (C), a consular officer may not approve a petition under paragraph (1) unless the officer has verified that--
(i) the petitioner has not, previous to the pending petition, petitioned under paragraph (1) with respect to two or more applying aliens; and
(ii) if the petitioner has had such a petition previously approved, 2 years have elapsed since the filing of such previously approved petition.
B. The Secretary of Homeland Security may, in the Secretary's discretion, waive the limitations in subparagraph (A) if justification exists for such a waiver.
Except in extraordinary circumstances and subject to subparagraph (C), such a waiver shall not be granted if the petitioner has a record of violent criminal offenses against a person or persons.