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14 The Evolution of the Indian Bride 18-29 Best of Fashion 34-37 Best of Fashion #2 40-43 Our Love Story Esha & Ruveen 48-50 A Perfect Match Abhishek & Manika 60-62 A True Love Story Ron & Shauna 68-71 Sophisticated Romantic Priyanka & Arun 76-77 Do’s And Don’ts for Wedding Weight Loss 102 Latest Trends and News from the Indian Wedding Circuit 110 Finding the Right Wedding Dress

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Invites & Events 80 Activate the Right Genes 86-87 Maintenance vs. Repair 90 Horoscope - July 94 Family Based Immigration 98-99 10 Retirement Savings Tips for Late Starters 104 Your Marriage and Understanding Tenancy by the Entireties 06-107

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hi! Weddings and brides have always had a way of making me smile, and I still can’t get enough of either. Call it a passion or call it an obsession. I call it love. And, like everyone else at Pardes Asian Brides Magazine, I wanted to add a dash of love on every page, every image, every idea. In fact, everything we’ve done for this issue was simply for the love of all things surrounding your big day! When we set out to create the first issue of Pardes Asian Brides Resources Magazine, we were determined to rely, for the most part, on the brainpower and expertise of Pardes Magazine team members Alicia and Latanya from Pure Emotions Photography -- industry experts that help us to accomplish so much. The welcoming response we were met with was overwhelming. Indeed, it is humbling to be surrounded by such talented individuals as those whose presence and ideas grace the pages of our issue. I am especially excited that Pardes Asian Brides has debut as the premier magazine of choice. We hope you find Pardes Asian Brides Magazine to be the ultimate wedding planner to help you find the best suppliers, wedding ideas and everything else you need to make your wedding dreams come true. We’ve created a stunning 116-page luxury magazine filled with the best stories, photos and advice for discerning brides and grooms. Over the past few months, I’ve gotten to know many of the talented florists, event planners, jeweler, caterers, and photographers (to name a few)

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who’ve contributed to the new magazine, and I’m thrilled to present them and their work to you. In this issue, you’ll hear about the latest color trends from Ateeqa Couture experts. Ateeqa is a very dear friend of mine, and when I contacted her about this project, she was thrilled to help us. She created an entire collection exclusive for Pardes Asian Brides Magazine in a period of 5 months! However, this is just the beginning. Other unique ideas, columns, and features will be added as we continue growing and expanding Pardes Asian Brides Magazine. Along the way, we want to know what you think. Send us your ideas, thoughts and suggestions. We can’t wait to hear from you! Thank you for being so supportive and patient with us as we transition into this new phase of our journey. It has not been easy breaking into the wedding industry. Some doors have opened, and some doors have closed. Despite all that we’ve been through, we are forever grateful to God for leading us through the right paths and putting people in our lives that matter. You, our readers, are the ones who matter the most to us. Together, we are embarking on a new journey. And we are eager to share your stories and knowledge with the entire community.

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The Evolution of the Indian Bride Tania Sohail

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he inherited characteristics of the Indian bride have not only changed in appearance, but in the traditions carried from generation to generation as well. The evolutionary process gives rise to a new, popular demand of fashion and family traditions. The Indian bride has morphed from modest and reserved to bold and in vogue. Brides in today’s era have evolved to a more expressive state. Today’s Indian bride has simply become simpler. The more modern approach to bridal looks in this day and age has attracted a lot of positive attention. Lighter makeup, less jewelry, and exposing more hair under the veil are just some of the upgrades present in today’s Indian bridal industry. The focus is to highlight the bride’s simplicity and femininity. In times where brides go completely traditional, one may observe the bride to have heavier makeup, be adorned with more jewelry, and her hair to be mostly covered. According to Mumbai-based fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, “Brides today are much more confident in what they want; they prefer to wear styles that are more organic.” Wearing glittery Indian bridal gowns in the typical apple red or maroon colors has become passé. Brides today want to make an edgier, yet softer representation of Asian Brides {Finest Wedding Resource}

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the Indian bridal dress that they wear. They are opting for dresses made out of nets, chiffons, or Chanderi silks. This summer, many brides are choosing colors in calming tones like turquoise, emerald green, fuchsia or two toned dresses. Over time, the choice of embellishments and embroidery has been changed from heavy sequins, stones, and crystals to intricate threadwork, lace, beading, and patchwork. Today’s bride wants to look beautiful amidst being comfortable. But has the traditional bride completely gone extinct? Not quite. Today’s Indian bride is more innovative and experimental. Many brides who do not want to neglect their roots that previous generations practiced instead pick and choose traditional attributes and create a fusion of past and present trends. A bride’s wedding day is emotional, as well as a unique portrayal of their personal style. Many brides follow the more western tradition of including “something borrowed, something new; something old, and something blue”. Traditionally, brides inherit or borrow gold or a piece of clothing from their mother, grandmother, or older sister. This ritual is practiced for good luck for the bride to be. Many brides hold on to the sentimental old traditions practiced in their families. Not only has makeup and bridal dressing transformed, but so has the amount of henna that is painted on the bride’s hands and feet. Brides today prefer simpler henna designs, whereas traditionally, the bride is completely decked out with intricate henna designs up to the mid-calf and elbows. Brides today want a minimal amount of henna so that the focus is on the dress and accessories. The ongoing, changing direction of the Indian bride has opened the door to new tastes and preferences. Modern day bride-to-be’s do not constrain themselves to traditional lehengas, saris, or salwar kameez to perform their vows on their wedding day. Brides today know exactly what they want and are a force to be reckoned with. They don’t let culture or family pressure them into wearing what may or may not be acceptable to society; they simply wear what they feel and look comfortable in. There is no end to fashion and what the future might bring for the Indian bride. Old traditions may return, or they may not. What is important is that the bride feels she looks her best on her wedding day. The evolution of the Indian bride is only improving as time progresses. With the expansion of new bridal fashions and makeup trends, brides can achieve the exact look they long for. It is really a complete package, an overall reflection of a bride’s inner self and tastes.


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Esha and Ruveen

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ur love story started long before Esha and I ever met. When you think about it, most love stories start that way. Every moment leading up to the one, in which you meet your future husband or wife somehow shapes you and prepares you for that person you were destined for. The moment I first laid eyes on Esha, I knew we were going to be together forever. We met through mutual friends at a family get together and exchanged numbers. I called her the next day and it was a match made in heaven. We had so much in common and spoke for hours on the phone. After a couple of weeks of long conversations I finally asked her to be my girlfriend. I was nervous but she said yes and that’s how it all began. We dated for quite some time and I knew deep down in my heart that I wanted to spend forever with her. She gave me numerous signs that were pointing towards marriage and I knew that I had to make a choice. I spoke to my elders and they gave me the

advice I needed. Marriage is a once in a life time bond between two people who love each other in front of God and that commitment can’t be broken. My heart felt at home with Esha so I surprised her at her home and proposed to her. I still recall her expression as I got down on one knee in traditional style and asked if she would like to grow old with me and be my wife. She said yes! I was the happiest man alive and looked forward to the big day. The family finally met and it was as if we all had known each other forever. Wedding planning was fun and everyone was excited which made the planning process a breeze. We’ve all seen shows like Bridezilla’s and I was scared my wife would become like that but she was great so I had fun during the preparations leading to our magical day. It has already been six months and we still reminisce about our wedding like it was yesterday. I married my best friend who I was destined to be with and you can’t really ask for more than that.

Photography: Pure Emotions Photography / www.PureEmotionsPhotography.com / (336) 782-7150 Ceremony Venue: Sikh Society of Central Florida / http://www.orlandogurdwara.com / (407) 366-3136 Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress / www.grandcypress.hyatt.com / (407) 239-3955 Décor, Flowers, Lighting: Occasions by Shangri-La / www.occasionsbyshangrila.com / (407) 355-7700 Hair & Makeup: Aisha Salon & Spa / www.aishabeautysalon.com / (407) 674-6860 DJ: DJ Vinny - VStyles Asian Brides {Finest Wedding Resource}


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Once we decided on all the vendors, it was just counting down the days. Occasions by Shangri-la ( Remmal ) decorated our reception hall and it was stunning! He is a professional and he knew what would work when it came to decorating our event. We chose Pure Emotions Photogra-

phy and they were a blast to work with. They’re very professional but be prepared to do some acrobatic moves because these girls are really creative and push you to do things you wouldn’t think you’re capable of. It makes the whole experience fun and you wind up with pictures other people dream of having.

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That brings us here where we’re able to share our love story and a few images with all of you!

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A Perfect Match

Abhishek &Manika

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bhishek was all set to go back to India after completing his studies in the U.S., but Rachna, his elder sister, had other plans. She started looking for a perfect match for him on the matrimonial site, Shaadi.com. Rachna soon received an inquiry from Manika on the website. She responded to it because Manika had all of the qualities of a perfect wife. Rachna also received a lot of positive feedback from Manika’s family while talking with them. Little did they know they were laying a foundation for a lifetime. Abhi and Mani were officially engaged on March 1, 2013. The Sangeet, Mehndi and Sagai night were held a few months later on May 24th at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Florida. It was absolutely enchanting, with 150 guests in attendance. The wedding ceremony was held the

next day on May 25th, 2013 in front of 250 guests. Set in the beautiful Palm Beach Gardens Marriott in Florida, the wedding was absolutely a lavish affair. From the seating to decorations, everything was breathtaking. The highlight of the dĂŠcor in the mandap hall and the reception hall were the fire-lit pillars. The rich color theme of gold, coral and deep purple was infused throughout, adding to the festive atmosphere. The tables were alternately decorated with either candles in a vase or with a splash of flower arrangements. Everyone was especially touched by the personal tokens that welcomed them at each table: a picture of a visibly happy couple, Abhishek and Manika. Most significant of all were the Hindu Vedic rituals, which were completed with attention to minute details. After the rituals, the evening of May 25th bloomed with show-stealing Bhangra performances, toasts for the newlyweds and hit songs

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that got people rocking on the dance floor all night long.� It currently says, “After the rituals, the evening of May 25 bloomed with Abhishek was all set to go back to India after completing his studies in the U.S., but Rachna, his elder sister, had other plans. She started looking for a perfect match for him on the matrimonial site, Shaadi.com. The couple would like to give a special thank you to Anand Event Services for their great commitment to them, and for taking care of the wedding coordination, photography, videography and decorations. Another thank you goes out to India House restaurant and Indian Chillies restaurant for their excellent food-catering services, and Rangoli Sweets for their delicious treats. Sunita Boutique was also a great help as they provided the wedding party with their traditional Indian clothes, makeup and mehndi. The couple is also thankful for DJ Johnny as he helped keep the party going for two days straight. Varun, the dhol player, was also a great help in getting everyone excited during the ceremonies.

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A true love story

Ron and Shauna

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a collection of moments that reinforced his initial feelings of her being special in every way possible. From supporting him in every facet of his life to being there for him when things where rough, she stuck by him and never gave up on their relationship, no matter how hard things got. The Proposal

The Meeting

Ron and Shauna met in 2007 while Shauna was working for T-Mobile at a mall. A coworker of Ron’s, who Shauna knew, was showing Ron around the area, as Ron had just moved to Orlando, FL for Marine Corps Recruiting Duty, and came into Shauna’s store to say, “Hello.” Ron immediately caught Shauna’s eye as he is a very tall, good-looking man…and he was in uniform! Knowing This Was “The One”

Shauna felt that Ron was the one because such an amazing and caring person as he does not come by every day. He also strongly reminded her of how her late father treated her mother in all their years together. For Ron, he believes that it was truly

On May 10, 2010, Ron took Shauna to Discovery Cove (in Orlando) and they swam with the dolphins. After swimming with the Dolphins, they were told to stay behind to take more photos and to teach the dolphin a new trick. In teaching the new trick, the dolphin came back with his toy that read, “Shauna, will you marry me?” Shauna was so stunned, she couldn’t even get the word, “Yes,” out! After the dolphin swim, they walked onto the beach where there stood a single post. On the post was a bow, and within it was a box decorated with flowers…and there was her ring! He got down on one knee and proposed a second time, and this time she got the “Yes,” out! The couple then tied the knot on October 21, 2012. Ups and Downs of the Journey

Shauna believes the hardest and most difficult time for them was getting final approval from her family members to let Ron marry her. She’s the baby in the family, so everyone is very protective of her! As far as the best times in their relationship…well…both Ron and Shauna agree that this magazine isn’t big enough to list all the best times they’ve had! Asian Brides {Finest Wedding Resource}


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Advice for Young Couples

Ron and Shauna agree that you only need a few things to have a successful marriage: first, communication; second, trust; and third, confidence in yourself. You also need to learn to love yourself. How can somebody love you if you don’t love yourself? Ron and Shauna also agree that unconditional love and acceptance of your spouse’s good and bad qualities are key factors for a making your relationship work. Laugh as much as you can with each other and love even more! Tips on Selecting Wedding Vendors

Both Ron and Shauna stress the need to explore your options. Don’t settle on the first thing you see. Also, take your time and ask lots of questions. Go to wedding shows to get ideas and talk in person with prospective vendors. Friends and family members are also great resources for suggestions and advice. Ultimately, make sure you are happy. A Special “Thank You!” To Those Who Helped

First on their list of thank you would be Shauna’s mother. Without her, none of this would be even be possible. She made this the wedding of the year! They would also like to thank their photographer/videographer, Digital Dream; their venue, the Hilton Orlando; their DJ, DJ Firoz; their decorators, Kish Weddings; and their wedding planner, ShivPriya Events. Everyone was very professional and went the extra mile to help make their wedding day an event to remember! Last but not least, they would like to thank their friends, family and their wedding party. They traveled high and low to celebrate their wonderful days. Ron and Shauna could not have asked for a better celebration.

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run and Priyanka, both in their first semester of medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine met at Ed’s Tavern during a group dinner they both attended. They became friends instantly and studied for exams together. It was during this time, she was at first put off by his serious and seemingly arrogant demeanor. Arun also wasn’t taking kindly to Priyanka’s playfulness or endless giggling. But, over time Arun’s charm and Priyanka’s sparkle shone through and they inevitably grew to liking one another.

They took it slow and waited until the end of their fall semester to go on their first date once they were really into each other. Their first dinner date was at a local Carrabba’s and afterward, the couple went on a romantic walk under moonlight by the lake. It was there that Arun professed his love for her and they shared a warm embrace inside a gazebo. They spent the next year and a half in Bradenton,

FL filled with the joy of discovery and amazement. Their next adventure began in Scranton, PA where they spent their 3rd year of medical school and they experienced new and exciting events together. She saw her first snow that winter and they celebrated their 2nd anniversary at Niagara Falls. Their first New Year’s Eve together was magical and as time went on, it became apparent they were meant for one another. And so the end of their 3rd year was punctuated by the proposal. Arun couldn’t believe his luck in finding someone both so beautiful and smart. So, he found the courage to ask Priyanka to marry him on a May morning while she was peacefully lost in her dreams. He got on his knee and gently awoke her with a beautiful ring. She opened her eyes with her perfect smile and her first word was.. YES! The couple then shared a helicopter ride over Tampa that afternoon to relish in the celebration of their new Engagement.

Photography: Pure Emotions Photography / www.PureEmotionsPhotography.com / (336) 782-7150 Venue: Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club / 727-942-5541 / http://www.innisbrookgolfresort.com Coordinator: Shivpriya Events Management – Hameant Raghubir / 407-473-8852 / http://www.shivpriyaevents.com Priest: Gurudutt Sharma / 813-454-8422 Décor, Flowers, Lighting: Suhaag Garden / 561-247-4298 / http://www.suhaaggarden.com DJ: Firoz Dudha / Dudha Production / 727-418-8498 / fdudha@tampabay.rr.com Hair & Makeup: Sangita Patel / Sangita1961@gmail.com / http://pate0153.wix.com/spbridalservices#! Asian Brides {Finest Wedding Resource}


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ith a plethora of things plaguing the bride and groom, getting in shape for their wedding is often forgotten. Samantha Heller, an exercise physiologist and registered dietician at New York City’s NYU Langone Medical Center, says that generally, brides and grooms don’t even realize that they want to get in shape until three weeks to the wedding. Some even wait until the last week, and, in their panic, do drastic things like cleansing or following crash diets just to lose weight. However, experts are unanimous in their rejection of these tactics. Skipping breakfasts or going on crash diets may, in the beginning, help in weight loss, but they have a reverse effect and produce an overload of hormones, making you fatter in the end. It may also lead to gallstones, dehydration, low blood pressure, electrolyte dis-

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turbances and kidney stones. To avoid these complications, Heller advises couples to start the process of getting in shape as soon as they’re engaged. She also suggests eating at regular intervals and substituting fast food with healthier alternatives like whole grains, nonstarchy vegetables and healthy proteins, as these can lead to a healthy weight loss. Dr. Jamie Kane, the medical director of New York City’s Park Avenue Medical Weight and Wellness, also has something to say on the subject. He calculates the safe target of losing weight to be two pounds per week. Kane has also created a weight loss program that focuses on changing the food consumed by prospective brides which, in turn, reduces calorie intake and body fat. His first attention is on avoiding sources of hidden calories. These are things having little nutritional value but high calories. A bride can opt to remove


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sugar and cream from her coffee, have meals without cheese, drink calorie-free beverages and increase fiber intake to reduce blood sugar and avoid insulin spikes. These steps will boost metabolism. Terri Walsh, another expert in the field, is a certified personal trainer, and warns that the neglect of several years cannot be fixed in just a few hours. Therefore, she suggests going on a diet that consists of vegetables and proteins, which can increase lean muscle mass. Bread, starchy carbohydrates, juices, liquid calories and alcohol should be strictly avoided. Besides diets, exercising is essential. Walsh has developed a system called Active Resistance Training based on her 30 years of experience which works out the body’s four specific resistance points. The method involves exercising with toning, cardio and other workouts, five times a week. Walsh also assigns exercises for target areas in her boot camp. While these are just a few examples of how a bride or groom can start to lose weight for their wedding, it’s important that before they choose a program, they do their research, start early and set realistic goals for themselves.

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Activate the Right Genes A woman walked down a street and accidently fell into a ditch. She pulled herself out of the ditch. She walked down the same street a second time and fell into the ditch, but did not care. However, when the woman walked down the same street a third time, she chose to walk around the ditch, and did not fall in. Finally, on her fourth attempt to reach her destination, she decided to take a different street altogether. Why do we do what we do? Why do we continue to express the same negative behaviors of generations past? What would happen if we broke the pattern? Each human being is composed of a unique DNA structure, with genes passed down from generation to generation. These genes are what give Asian Brides {Finest Wedding Resource}

us our physical characteristics, such as blue or brown eyes, blonde or red hair. However, there is another aspect of genetics that comprises of personality traits. These traits can make an individual prone to certain conditions, such as alcoholism, depression, mood disorders, etc. Researchers have given the term “epigenetic” to the study of changes in

gene expression. Basically, just because we have a certain gene that makes us prone to certain traits, does not mean it has to be activated. We can turn it “on” or “off”. This unique concept describes how individuals have control over their behaviors and have a freedom of choice. For example, if your grandfather


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and father had an alcohol addiction, although you may be prone to alcohol addiction, it does not mean you will become an alcoholic. You can choose to develop healthy coping skills and a positive support system to deactivate the “alcoholic gene”. The same can be applied for other conditions such as depression, negative personality traits and harmful behaviors. Sometimes in life, what we see growing up isn’t necessarily the right way. Don’t use negative genes as an excuse or for selfpity. Your genes do not define your destiny. Genes can be affected by your decisions, choices, and experiences. Walk down a different street and you will find yourself in a more positive and healthier place. By deactivating your negative genes, you will trigger a genetic mutation which will result in positive traits for the future generations. Set a positive example for your kids. A daughter usually tries to find a man with similar characteristics of her own father. What standards are you setting for your daughter? The way a man treats his wife will impact how his son may one day treat his own wife. How do you want your son to treat his wife? Are you a mother who is always passive and has a hard time saying, “No” to others? How are you teaching your son or daughter to be assertive? Deactivate your negative genes and activate the right genes. When you make conscious healthy choices, you override your negative genes. You pave the way for future generations to respect themselves and others, find happiness, and have a physically and psychologically healthy life. Take a moment and think…what did your grandparents do? What did your parents do? And now, what you are doing? Is it a healthy and positive behavior? What are the negative patterns in your family, and are you ready to activate your positive genes? What are some ways to consciously make better choices and decisions to help activate your positive genes? Reflect – Reflect on the negative behavior and emotional patterns in your family. Are there individuals in your family who are depressed, alcoholics, verbally and emotionally abusive, have

low self-esteem, make habitual poor choices that affect finances, family life, and relationships? Make a list and think about how this has impacted the individual and the family. Recognize – Recognize your options and choices. What can you do differently? What healthy and positive options do you have to make a change? Can you find ways to set healthy boundaries? What paths can you take, that are different from your family members, to help you deactivate your negative genes? Revive – Revive your life by activating your positive genes. Make a healthy choice. Set your boundaries, build your support system, try a different path, set a new standard for yourself, and seek professional help when needed! Do so by choosing life, honor, respect and happiness. Unless you make a conscious decision to activate your positive genes and do something different, you will continue to fall in the ditch. Do not be complacent. You will never change what you continue to tolerate. Break the generational curse and begin a generational blessing. How is anything ever going to change and get better if you continue to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results? Isn’t that what Einstein called insanity?

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Maintenance vs. Repair Dr. Safia Pirani,

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empty-handed to my husband, who although was too sweet to show his disappointment, was visibly so. That was two years ago. I made a mental note to never make the same mistake again. Since then, I have been very disciplined in getting oil changes, fluid checks and all required auto maintenance on time. All this for a mere machine, a manmade contraption designed solely to transport us from one place to another. If we can care so much for a lifeless hunk of metal, why can’t we put more thought into life itself? What about this body we have been blessed with? Does this body not deserve the same amount of care and maintenance we devote to our vehicles? Just as a car’s engine needs to be regularly monitored to prevent mechanical failure, these same preventative steps must be taken to maintain a healthy body. So why is it that when we hear the term “preventative care,” we cringe? We fail to see the importance of annual physicals or screening tests and we turn a blind eye to simple precautions such as getting vaccines for different ailments. Would it not be wiser to use the resources at hand in order to prevent medical complications that affect not just ourselves, but our loved ones as well? It’s not worth the risk.


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Family-based Immigration By Tasneem Zaman The United States of America permits various ways to obtain lawful permanent residency, leading the pathway to citizenship. One of these ways is through family members who are either a United States citizen (USC) or a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S. Under the family-based immigrant visa process, selective members of a family may be petitioned by their respective qualifying USC or LPR petitioner. These family members can be classified into two groups: 1. Immediate Relatives - The availability of these immigrant visas is not limited per fiscal year and as such, these visas are available when an underlying petition is approved. They are the spouse, children under age 21, parents, and adopted orphans of United States citizens. 2. Family Preference Immigrants The availability of these immigrant visas is dependent on a numerical limitation and therefore, these family members will have to stand in line to immigrate to the United States and wait until visa numbers are available to them for their category. They are unmarried sons and daughters, married sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, as well as spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 and over) of lawful permanent residents. Question: I entered the United States on a B1/B2 visa and was given six months to stay here. I have never left Asian Brides {Finest Wedding Resource}

the country since my entry. It has now been four years and I just got married to a United States citizen. Is there any hope for me? Answer: Yes, there is. Since you are the spouse of a United States citizen, you fall under the Immediate Relative category and your citizen spouse can petition for you. You are also eligible to adjust your status to that of lawful permanent resident (provided that you don’t fall under any of the reasons that may make you inadmissible) even though you have stayed beyond your authorized time in the United States. Question: I am a United States citizen and recently got engaged to my fiancée who is a citizen of Bangladesh and lives in Bangladesh. Can I petition for her as my fiancée, or do I have to wait to get married to petition for her? Answer: As a United States citizen, you can petition for your fiancée who lives in Bangladesh. If your petition for your fiancée is approved, she will be granted a K-1 fiancée visa from the U.S. Consulate having jurisdiction over your fiancée’s residence in Bangladesh. Be very careful, because once she has been admitted

on her K-1 visa, you and your K-1 fiancée have 90 days to get married. If not, she will need to depart the U.S. as K-1 visas cannot be extended. Question: After arriving to the United States, can my fiancée apply for a work permit? Answer: Yes, your fiancée may apply for a work permit, but this will only be valid for 90 days as she will file a subsequent work permit with her Adjustment application once you and she are married. Question: I got married to my husband (who lives in the United States) two years ago overseas. At that time, I had been a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and received an approved I-130 petition. I recently became a United States citizen. Can I upgrade my petition on my husband’s behalf? Answer: Absolutely. If you filed a petition for your spouse when you were a lawful permanent resident and you are now a citizen, you must upgrade the petition from family second preference to that of an immediate relative. You can do this by sending proof of your U.S. citizenship to


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the National Visa Center. Question: As a petitioner on behalf of a family member(s) of an I-130 petition, is it necessary to prove that I have the financial means to support them when they finally arrive as permanent residents in the United States? Answer: Yes, family-based immigrant petitions must be supported by an Affidavit of Support, which is a legally binding contract between you, the petitioner/ sponsor and the U.S. government. By signing this document, you agree that you will be financially responsible for your intending immigrant family member by making your income and/or assets available for his/her support and that your family member is not likely to become a public charge. The amount of the income/assets that you will need to show depends on the number of dependents that you are responsible for, as well as any other immigrant for whom you may have signed an Affidavit of Support. It is important to note that once the Affidavit of Support is signed and giv-

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en to the government, it continues to be legally binding until the immigrant family member becomes a citizen, completes 40 quarters of work (about 10 years), abandons permanent residency or dies. Question: I received my green card through marriage to my U.S. citizen husband 10 months ago. I just noticed that my green card has an expiry date which is exactly two years from the date I was approved for it. I always thought that my green card was permanent. What do I need to do to renew it? Answer: What you have is a “conditional resident card�. The reason for this is most probably because your marriage to your husband was less than two years old when you received your green card. In 1986, in order to prevent immigration marriage fraud, the U.S. government enacted a law that provides that any person becoming a permanent resident based on a marriage to a United States citizen that is less than two years old will receive a conditional green card that will be valid

for two years from the date it is issued. No worries. You and your husband must file a joint petition (Form I-751) to remove the conditional status of your card within 90 days prior to the expiry of your card. With the petition, you must attach evidence supporting your marital life, such as birth certificates of any children born to the marriage, joint tax returns, joint assets etc. If the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is satisfied with your evidence, they will approve the petition and issue you a permanent green card. If they are not, they may schedule an interview at your local USCIS office for the two of you to clarify any doubts that they may have and approve the petition.

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Latest Trends and News from the

Indian Wedding Circuit Indian families are known to celebrate weddings with much pomp and grandeur. Now, with contemporary twists and variations replacing the concept of traditional weddings, these celebrations have taken on a new look. The couples, wedding planning, wedding attire and even the wedding locations have become more diverse, adding to the excitement of Indian weddings. To start, love marriages, where people choose their own partners, are the call of the day. Even in cases of arranged marriages, the couple can meet each other and test their compatibility before tying the knot. At one time, race, caste and religion acted as rigid barriers, but not anymore. People have opened up to interracial, intercaste and interreligious marriages. People are even accepting same-sex marriages. Wedding ceremonies have also become more inclusive, with the traditions of both families (of couples from different castes or religions) being followed. Previously, close relatives or parents were the ones who took care of the wedding details. Now, couples are very specific about what they want and have a definite say in all things – from the food to the décor. More and more couples are also choosing to send out invitations made of eco-friendly, handmade paper with customized designs. In addition, some may create a Facebook event to extend invitations. Couples also Asian Brides {Finest Wedding Resource}

record the details of their wedding by uploading pictures and videos on wedding websites to share with friends and family. For the wedding, grooms often wear either a formal Western suit or a sherwani. However, brides may alternate between traditional outfits and Western attire. For wedding ceremonies, brides still favor traditional, red-gold saris. However, for the reception, brides prefer lehenga cholis or glamorous gowns. Brides nowadays can be seen flaunting their sculpted bodies with halters and backless ensembles. Over-the-top outfits, jewelry and heavy makeup have become passé. Rather, today’s bridal glamour is being enhanced through simple embroideries with stones and crystals, and minimal makeup. The colors, however, are still as vibrant as ever. Neighborhood marriage halls as wedding venues have also become a thing of the past. The concept of destination weddings and theme weddings have become very popular, thus increasing the demand of professional wedding planners. The wealthy, as well as foreigners, often choose venues in Rajasthan for the sheer grandeur of the place, with its ancient history, royal legends and striking palaces. Kerala and Goa find takers for destination wedding venues as well. All in all, the Indian wedding circuit is rapidly evolving, with today’s ceremonies seeing more diversity than ever before.


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Your Marriage and Understanding Tenancy by the Entireties

Getting married is an exciting time as two people begin their lives together. However, it is important to remember that as you place your lives and assets together, you are becoming legally intertwined as well. In Florida, owning assets and property under Tenancy by the Entireties (“TBE�) is one of the quickest and simplest asset protection strategies for married persons. It is extremely beneficial to understand when TBE should be used and how it can benefit you as a married couple in protecting your joint assets.

What is Tenancy by the Entireties? TBE is one type of concurrent ownership of property that applies to the joint ownership of assets by a husband and wife. In Florida, it is a special form of joint tenancy ownership that is available only to married persons and may provide some degree of protection from creditors. Creditors of an individual spouse may not attach and sell the interest of a debtor spouse in the property owned by TBE. Generally, only creditors of the couple may attach and sell the interest in the property owned by TBE. Most states with TBE protection afford the protection only to real property. In Florida, however, the presumption of TBE may apply to property, including all real property, tangible and intangible personal property, stock, and automobiles, as long as both the husband and wife have their names on the title of the asset or appear to have complied with the requirements explained below.

What are the Requirements to Qualify for Tenancy by the Entireties? As with other exemptions, in order for the husband wife to qualify for TBE, numerous requirements must be met in the state of Florida, such as: 1. There must be joint ownership, which is also known as unity of possession 2. The interests must be identical, also known as unity of interest Asian Brides {Finest Wedding Resource}

3. The interests must have originated in the same instrument, also known as unity of title. 4. The interests must have commenced simultaneously, also known as unity of time. 5. Survivorship 6. The parties must be married at the time the property became titled in their joint names, also known as unity of marriage. Under Florida law, failure to meet all of these requirements of the TBE usually causes courts to find that TBE does not exist. Incorrectly filling out financial applications is the most common error resulting in such a situation where it can be found that one of the requirements of TBE has not been met.

In Which Circumstances May Tenancy by the Entireties Not Benefit a Married Couple? TBE protection exists only if a creditor has a claim against assets of only one of the spousal owners. In the case where both spouses are jointly indebted to a particular creditor, that creditor can seize the TBE property. There are various situations where such TBE properties and assets could be exposed to joint liability and owning certain property as TBE can actually be more harmful than helpful. One example would be where a couple jointly owns a motor vehicle. For instance, if a husband and wife are both on the title of a motor vehicle, both could be


PARDES magazine JULY2013 sued in an accident involving the motor vehicle, regardless of who was driving. A similar result would also occur for commercial property where the couple could be jointly exposed to any tort liability for negligence on their business premises that is owned jointly by them. Further, a joint act of medical negligence committed upon a patient where both the husband and wife are the doctors of that patient may also result in joint liability. In such a situation, the creditor can reach the TBE assets as well as, to some degree, the assets of each spouse individually. Another example of where you may not want TBE would be where a couple applies for joint credit or a loan, which

may arise to an unnecessary liability where both individuals may be exposed. It is also important to note that divorce between the spouses immediately converts the TBE ownership into a joint tenancy between the former spouses. In such a circumstance, the assets of the debtor spouse would immediately be exposed to his or her creditors. Similarly, the death of one spouse terminates TBE and may vest the property solely to the surviving spouse. If the surviving spouse has creditors, the asset protection afforded by the TBE ownership from creditors may be lost. Obtaining proper legal advice as to

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TBE and other asset protection strategies useful to you could save you from a big headache and potential legal pitfalls. Regardless of your wealth, asset protection matters should be carefully analyzed the moment you get married. Consequently, it is crucial to retain an experienced attorney to see how the real and personal properties were owned by each spouse prior to marriage and to pay careful attention to how such properties should be titled and/ or transferred under the law after marriage so as to receive the best tax benefits and not violate any fraudulent transfer laws. Preserving your marital assets is a critical step toward preserving your marital har-

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Finding the Right

Wedding Dress After setting the date and booking the venue, the most important thing for a bride-to-be is, undoubtedly, bridal gown shopping. The shopping is exciting, but overwhelming as well due to the many choices regarding necklines, silhouettes, colors, fabrics, etc. Fashion editor of TheKnot.com, Jennie Ma, offers some tips for would-be brides to find the perfect wedding dress. Ma advises that ideally, the search for the perfect wedding gown should begin at least eight months before the wedding. This allows ample time for finding the right dress, along with the alterations and fittings needed to ensure its perfection on the big day. While luck favors some girls who find their dresses right away, some brides take a longer amount of time, which is perfectly natural because careful consideration should be given for this particular kind of shopping. There are various places for brides to find the gown of their dreams, with each place offering a different kind of experience and dress selection. Ma says that high-end salons carry all top designer outfits and offer an intimate shopping experience to brides; however, for brides who are on a budget, this is not an ideal place to search. Department stores are good places for brides looking for that ideal dress. In fact, the whole bridal party can shop there for their needs. Some stores even have partnerships with designers, which offer dresses at comparatively affordable prices. The boutique retail route is another option that can be tried. For instance, Ann Taylor and J.Crew offer amazing lines at really great price points. A smart bride would also look online, as there are hundreds, if not thousands of companies selling dresses on the internet. However, even if you prefer the in-store experience, going online can be a source of inspiration. Websites like TheKnot.com have galleries of the latest gowns from great designers, all to help the bride find what she’s looking for. Brides can also look through pictures on Pinterest and magazines to determine what they like and dislike. The venue and wedding style should also be kept in mind when determining the gown style. For instance, if the venue is a gorgeous ballroom, the gown should be dramatic. If the venue is in a garden, the gown should be charming and fun. The kind of wedding gown is also determined by factors like budget and personal style preferences. However, according to Maybe, when that bride tries it on for herself, it will reaffirm her dislike for that style. They should stand up for themselves and feel free to try on any dress, even if a bridal consultant, a family member or a friend tells them not to. Maybe, when a that bride tries it on for herself, it will reaffirm her dislike for that style. Or, she just may find that the particular style is exactly what she’s looking for. Asian Brides {Finest Wedding Resource}

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PARDES magazine JULY 2013

Asian Brides {Finest Wedding Resource}


Pardes Magazine july 2013