The state of Texas has brought to law the “International Matchmaking Organization (IMO)” rules. Men in Texas now need to submit fingerprints in order to fulfil the rules if they want to seek out a foreign wife from overseas. This is an extension to the existing USA IMBRA laws that is specific to Texas (the second largest US state). Individual US states are now taking up the charge in regulating so called “International Marriage Brokers” — and their statutes are more onerous than the federal legislation. Here is more info on the Texas law in addition to what I posted earlier:
What is the law’s citation?
Tex. Bus. & Comm. Code 101.001 – 101.005
When did the law go into effect?
September 1, 2005
What kinds of businesses are regulated?
International matchmaking organization. (IMO) A corporation, partnership,
sole proprietorship, or other legal entity that does
business in the United States and offers to residents of this state
dating, matrimonial, or social referral services involving recruits by:
(A) exchanging names, telephone numbers, addresses, or statistics;
(B) selecting photographs; or
(C) providing a social environment for introducing clients to recruits in
a country other than the United States.