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What’s IMBRA

What is the purpose of IMBRA?

It was introduced in Senate (09/07/2005)

To regulate international marriage broker activity in the United States, to provide for certain protections for individuals who utilize the services of international marriage brokers, and for other purposes.


What is a Marriage Broker? (IMB)

The term “international marriage broker” means a corporation, partnership, business, individual, or other legal entity, whether or not organized under any law of the United States, that charges fees for providing dating, matrimonial, matchmaking services, or social referrals between United States clients and foreign national clients by providing personal contact information or otherwise facilitating communication between individuals from these respective groups.

Is Colombian Matchmaker and IMB? Based on the answer below, YES!, we are, but we want to stay in compliance with any industry regulations.


What are the IMB Obligations?

Before an IMB can release the personal contact information of a foreign client to a U.S. client, the IMB must:

  1. Search the National Sex Offender Registry to determine the record of the U.S. citizen, and disclose any information found concerning the U.S. citizen to the foreign client. http://www.nsopr.gov
  2. Obtain a signed statement from the U.S. citizen revealing any current or past protection or restraining order, most criminal arrests and convictions, virtually all arrest or convictions for domestic or sexual offenses, multiple convictions for substance and/or alcohol abuse, the U.S. client’s marital history (including the reason for termination of any prior marriages), the ages of any of the U.S. citizen’s children under the age of 18, and a list of all States and counties that the U.S. citizen has lived in since the client was 18 years of age.
  3. Distribute to the foreign national a pamphlet, in spanish, developed by the U.S. government to educate foreign fiancé(e)s about U.S. domestic abuse laws and resources for immigrant victims in the U.S.; and
  4. Obtain the foreign national’s written consent to disclosing her personal contact information.

In other words,  any US citizen that uses the services of Colombian Matchmaker will not have the ability to communicate via any means with any foreign lady until she has both received and acknowledged US clients IMBRA disclosure file and received a copy of a pamphlet explaining her right in the US and has provides written authorization the IMB to release any contact information.

However, to protect the women who trust our agency,  the IMBRA form on our site must be filled out by every man that wants to use our services, regardless of their citizenship. There’s simply no way around it.

What are the IMBRA affected crimes?
IMBRA provides that a petitioner for a K nonimmigrant visa for an alien fiancé or spouse must submit with his or her Form I-129F information on any criminal convictions (or disclosure of attempts to commit) of the petitioner for any of the following “specified crimes”:

  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Dating violence
  • Elder abuse
  • Stalking
  • Homicide/murder/manslaughter
  • Rape
  • Crimes relating to a controlled substance or alcohol where the petitioner has been convicted on at least three occasions and where such crimes did not arise from a single act.
  • Abusive sexual contact
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Incest
  • Torture
  • Trafficking
  • Peonage
  • Holding hostage
  • Involuntary servitude
  • Slave trade
  • False imprisonment
  • Kidnapping/abduction/unlawful criminal restraint Records must be provided, even if your records were sealed or otherwise cleared or if anyone, including a judge, law enforcement officer, or attorney, told you that you no longer have a record.


What are IMBRA Requirements for a Visa?
• International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA)
• Name of marriage broker, if applicable
• List of any prior petitions filed
• Convictions for any IMBRA specified crimes