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fatimahbrown
7/20/2013 09:42 EST

Hi all, I really need some help. Seems like embassy doesn't want to answer the phone. I am American and have been talking to an Algerian for 3 years, As it seems easier and less of a burden for me to go there, we have decided to meet, marry and live in Algeria. When... we don't know. If it wasn't for my grandparents Id be homeless right now. Money is so tight. But I really need answers so I can know better of what to do. What visa do I take? How do I get residence? Basically what can I do to stay there once Im there? I have no interest in coming back and if I do then I will be homeless and out of work. Not to mention I would be married so I would like to stay with my husband. I also have no problem doing a dual citizenship or becoming Algerian. He is a cop though and has said its against the law to marry a foreigner, but there might be ways. If not he said he will move and look for another good job. Any advice would be appreciated. muslimah502@gmail

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ghugg
7/20/2013 11:07 EST

well hes not being honest if he told you that marrying a foreigner is against the law. and him saying if it doesn't work you will move and get a good job...sounds more like he just want to get a green card to the U.S.A. I am Canadian and married an Algerian and have friends and know other people that have married Algerians from all over the world and some chose to live there and others like myself had their husbands immigrate. From what you have said this man is just looking for a way out of Algeria. If u want to stay in Algeria is very easy to do after your married, your husband can have you stay for a year right away with just filling out some paperwork while u wait for citizenship.

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souad

From: Australia
7/20/2013 12:18 EST

Hi all

All Algerian want to escape Algeria by marrying an American or anyway can get a passport or visa to get out from Algeria.
I am sorry for you to be in this trap.

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SistersueGuerinai
7/20/2013 13:15 EST

Salams Fatima...
I am afraid I have to agree with what has been said already...this man is definitely after a green card or visa to leave Algeria...I am English,living in Algiers for 9yrs and I know these kind of men..
there are no problems getting a residency,there are many Americans living here with their Algerian husbands..sorry to disappoint you..

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4sherazad
7/24/2013 20:55 EST

Hi Fatima,

I am Canadian and live in Canada, but my origin is Algerian. Just to answer your question, you have to contact the Algerian Embassy in Washington (Internet has all the info) to have a tourist visa. Once you are in Algeria it’s very easy to marry and to stay there. It won’t be an issue to find a job too.

I feel concerned to give u a friendly advice though.
Algeria is not an easy country to live in, especially for a woman and even you are Muslim or intend to be. Take time to see if life there is convenient for you, because almost all young Algerian want to escape from the country. Be careful et may Allah show you the right path.

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jennykebir
7/26/2013 16:18 EST

I think things may be different for those in the military and police. They have more restrictioins. I agree you should check with the Alerian embassy, see what they say about a police marrying a foreigner.

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mairismom
8/2/2013 21:10 EST

salam/peace to you
its ramadhan is may Allah accept this as a good deed from me ameen:)
i'm american, married to algerian who is also british. we just moved into the country this june mashallah and hope to stay here permanently. i never processed my dh's american anything as he's not interested and the process is complicated, plus he's british so things are a lot easier inshallah
i cant say for sure about your guy, and i dont know if its true that there are different rules for police/military vs regular algerians... i am not inclined to think so though i will ask inshallah about it.
regarding processing paper work to visit or live here: send your passport plus application and pic and money to algerian embassy in usa (DC). u can look it up online inshallah. the embassy website is very badly managed so its not really clear so if you have questions, let me know inshallah (email is fine). apply for a visitor's visa and take the advice of the person who said to see if DZ is really a place fo ryou... its not america.. its not england, its not anywhere near what you are probably used to. its dusty and in some places, downright dirty and smelly, especially in the summer. there are few driving rules, people are loud, its hot and humid in the summer, and there are no malls at every exit from the highway (motorway)... its not america, its not going to be like it for at least another 30 to 50 years (im hoping the influx of foreign born children with algerian roots will flood the country and help make changes along with the existing emerging new generation inshallah).
with that said, i want you to know that i made the decision to move here after visiting 8 different times, each time staying successively longer and falling in love with what the country DOES offer and thats plenty.
as a muslimah, the atmosphere is unparalled. its ramadhan here and it feels like ramadhan, the rhythm of the county has changed to accomodate ramadhan (shops open from isha time to 2 in the morning). and on friday, you feel the rhythm of islam. there is no force to practice. there's masjids at every corner mashallah yet if you want to pray or dont want to pray, its up to you... no one says anything to you or tries to force you. there are women walking around like its new york city and women walking around like its riadh (in saudi) and no one is in your face about anything.
people are generally very friendly and helpful, men help women, young help old, adults help kids, the able help the disabled and no one brags (much) about it... its just part of life, something you do like as part of your day while on your way.
with all this said, there are areas i still havent explored and difficulities i still havent encountered and dealt with... but for waht i have explored, experienced, and dealt with, it is a doable thing and one can have fun while doing it...
a few things though... if you are going to come here, either get a job so u are self sufficient as things cost money, and the good things cost quite a bit, especially imported. if you dont want to work, make sure ur future dh (im assuming you are interested to marry him) can afford you. further, make sure u understand your limits of what you cant live without, and there is plenty you will have to live without...
and you should learn some french and some arabic to help you out, as English users are still pretty limited
i say visit, see properly the country and the way people live and the places the work and play at, and get a proper feel of the country and its people and rhythms then go home and come back again to see again before you commit yourself.
ah yes, one last thing... it was pretty easy to get my residency permit processed... its all done and got a receipt, i'm just waiting for the actual card but i'm already considered a resident (approved) and can apply for a job and work, buy a car in my name, etc... so its not that complicated though i have to be honest and say that i heard it was very hard and complicated so many inshallah i'm just luck in this department:)
well, saha fturukum for the muslims reading this:)

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fatimahbrown
8/11/2013 11:50 EST

Thank you all for your input. He isn't interested in any one country... just wants a good life. And that's understandable. I cannot afford travel and my living conditions are very bad.If I am able to go one day it has to be to stay. Im at a job where I mainly get 4 hours a week with not much potential for finding other jobs, I do not have and cannot afford a car, stuck with my granparents who want me out of their house asap. Its a mess.
My biggest concerns is his restrictions as an officer and the legalality of it all. Will I remain in Algeria or will they send me back? Im terrified. And yes, I am a Muslim. Unable to live a muslim lifestyle here too. Very hard on all accounts. Inshallah a job will arise from somewhere and I can figure out something. ANOTHER QUESTION: Are there any cheap airlines or packages of flying to Algeria? Whenever I look it up online it always SO expensive.

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farrah2882
12/31/2013 10:38 EST

I met an Algerian guy 5 years
I'm applying for a visa too

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farrah2882
12/31/2013 10:42 EST

I'm here to help if you need information
My email is farrahlee82@yahoo.com

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sleham1
3/5/2014 08:14 EST

Hi there,

I am happy to assist with any marriage, visa informations ,my office is based in Algiers ( Draria) and I have an office in London
Please feel free to contact me on 0447982253009 London or 0554669716 Algiers or Email at sleham1@hotmail.com /info.lladvice@gmail.com

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zerari
3/20/2014 12:35 EST

I am so sorry to tell you, but it seems he just want a green card or use you as a ticket to leave Algeria. Every young man in Algeria wants to leave, don't risk your life for something like this, trust me, trust me...I heve been living in Algeria for half year, and I see it, feel it, talk to them my self, how people especially young and unmarried want to migrate somewhere else, anywhere but here. Because here no one has right even to breath if the government doesnt give you permit to do so!

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ali888
3/24/2014 11:03 EST

My advise would be be careful before you come to Algeria. Its very tough and difficult here to get a job and survive for a woman. Also enquire thoroughly about everything as as the guy is a cop then getting residence is not a big thing he can manage. And its not against the law to marry a foreigner but a non Muslim yes its forbidden.

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benK
3/24/2014 12:10 EST

Forget it. This is a scam.
Most definitely.

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benK
3/24/2014 12:13 EST

Forget it. This is a scam.
Most definitely.

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Dasie
5/18/2014 04:59 EST

Hi, I'm american and I'm married to an Algerian. So, him telling you they're not allowed to marry foreigners isn't true. We've been married almost 20yrs..and it's a registred marriage in Algeria..we also have 2 kids. About moving to Algeria; I'd think twice if i were you. Jobs are hard to come by and it's a very different style of life than living in the west. Basic services can be hard to come by. Nice to visit, but living there?

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jennykebir
5/19/2014 12:51 EST

I too am married to an Algerian and it is not illegal and they can marry women who are not muslim. But I also agree it is a very difficult life here and not easy as an American woman to adjust to the lifestyle here. Many men do want out and will do just about anything to accomplish that. Not saying your man is that way but just because you marry doesn't mean he will get a visa to the USA. They are suspicious at the embassy and make it very hard and may not give it. Then you will be stuck here unless you leave without him. Think long and hard about it before you do it. There are very few Americans here and you will feel lonely and isolated.

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Karimah
3/3/2017 19:27 EST

I will be getting married and planning on moving to Algeria I wanted to know what the exact process is we were told it's easier to marry In Tunisia then go to the embassy but still we are not sure if the complete process as we are still trying to obtain information can you give me and Information

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Mitsi82
8/26/2017 11:35 EST

Hi I'm a British woman married to an Algerian man who has been refused a visit visa twice although we have a baby together and I have a family visa to Algeria. What is the process for me to go to Algeria to live? It's not an ideal situation I want but if it means we together I. I'm seriously considering it ATM and any help is much appreciated.

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