In today's fast-paced, computer dominated world, there's no doubt that young men and women have quite a challenge in trying to find companionship. With the divorce rate among the highest in the world, the United States has struggled to find the traditional values which once defined it.
It's no surprise then that young men in particular have found solace in a new outlet; Russian women and the online dating sites and agencies where they can be found. Other popular locations for foreign marriage include FSU Countries, as well as Asia and even South America. Russian women in particular are known for their beauty and traditional values. The big question however, is what's the real deal? Are these beautiful, faithful women too good to be true? Is foreign marriage nothing but a big scam? What marriage statistics are available? Most importantly, can you find love overseas?
Let's start with the facts. Due to the complexity of foreign marriage, there aren't many marriage statistics to work with. In fact the only widely quoted statistic is from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), which reports that "...marriages arranged through these [foreign dating] services would appear to have a lower divorce rate than the nation as a whole, fully 80 percent of these marriages having lasted over the years for which reports are available." This is great news for men looking to find a solid marriage! Still, it's a vague statistic. We don't know how many years it's talking about or any other specifics.
The US Department of Homeland Security and Department of State report that for the year 2003, 46,411 immigrants arrived on marriage and fiance visas, while 5,435 departed. Using these numbers we can loosely conclude that around 88% of these marriages lasted at least one year.
Unfortunately, there's no denying that there are superficial motives on both sides. US citizenship is an extremely valuable commodity, which is very difficult to obtain in places like Eastern Europe. Russian women may be drawn to the financial opportunity presented by marrying an American man as well. On the other hand, an American man could certainly exploit the system by attempting to marry a woman out of his league or far too young to be realistic. A controlling man might also wish to have a naive foreign wife who he can manipulate.
As with many things in life the truth about foreign marriage probably lies somewhere in the middle. Are all Russian women looking for marriage evil scammers? Of course not. In countries like Ukraine the sex ratio is among the most unbalanced in the world (in favor of men). It's no wonder then, that the women there are looking elsewhere for a husband. Men looking at Russian women for a potential wife should use their head, be careful, be realistic, and take their time. Just because it's a foreign marriage doesn't mean it will be an easy marriage! Finally, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Good Luck!
U.S. Department of State, Visa Office - Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas Issued: Fiscal Years 1998-2003
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics - Length of Visit of Nonimmigrants Departing the United States in 2003