International Marriage Brokers Regulation Act of 2005

Effective 6 March 2006

ATTENTION: US Citizens and Residents, this unfair law will take away your right to freely seek foreign romance.

  Click for List on IMBRA Exempt Sites I Recommend  

Our Filipina Theater, featuring ladies who have passed background checks, will be closed as of March 5, 2006 to USA men due to the International Marriage Brokers Regulation Act of 2005  You may continue to contact our many FREE listings in Section II  
Sorry but while the law probably does apply to foreign based sites like ours, we feel it may affect your VISA approval if you meet someone thru a non-compliant site, so we are going to comply with the new USA law.  I started EverlastingLove.com after I moved to Hong Kong in 1998. 
While my site is small, we have had over 100 marriages (63 to Americans) and yes, I get calls & emails sometimes discussing sad times, but not one has spoken of abuse and I have heard of no divorces.  Jean

UPDATE
My site has over 100 page of free information and I will continue my free introductions when I can. jean I have been advised to no longer provide any contact info, even free until the new USA law is fully understood. I have been providing free address upon request since 1989 and have had no (absolutely none) reports of abuse, but the law is the law. We are not a US site but advisors feel the USA law could cause future VISA applications to be denied. I do not want any man or woman to reach that point only to be denied a VISA on account of getting their initial contact info from a "non-compliant" website. Strange law as the only way it seems I can comply at the moment is by not providing the contact info at all.
Strange but true. Please check back in a few weeks for updates or join this free Yahoo Group to receive updates and individual postings as I will suggest women personally post there info on Yahoo Groups.  For info on the new USA law know as IMBRA click here.   Jean
  E-mail me to be on list to receive free addresses when available again. Jean

My book has become much larger than I had expected because there is soooo much to share.
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American Law H.R. 3402 -- this law makes it illegal for us to share your contact information with any one unless we have a back ground check on them and a signed consent from each person wanting to trade contact information. Talk about an ANTI -Love Law   :-(
We agree with all visa applicants being sent a good back ground check on the petitioner but this other stuff of not giving out contact information with out a back ground check is craZy This will hurt the very people the law says it is trying to protect, now instead of free choice, a girl will have to hire a real "international marriage broker" to find a guy. 
By the way this would make it illegal for any girl in the Philippines to find a foreign mate as Philippine Law forbids matchmaking for a fee and no company can comply with this law without charging a fee to pay for the back ground checks! I will provide contact info as soon as I am allowed to legally so email me your name or join a free Yahoo group for updates.  I am suggesting that women personally post their info on Yahoo Groups.  For info on the new USA law know as IMBRA read below. We will continue to offer books and DVDs about The Philippines and our Gift and Tour Services. I am adding a new chapter in my popular eBook of legal/reliable foreign introduction services.     Jean
   
UPDATE:  A temporary restraining order delaying this law has been granted in US Federal Court. The TRO is effective till March 20 when a follow up hearing has been scheduled. 

 European Connections applied to US Federal Court in Atlanta for a restraining order against the implementation of this law. The court granted a temporary restraining order (TRO). The TRO is effective until a hearing is held on March 20. It will probably not stop the law from taking effect, but will serve to delay it, and bring attention to this unfair law.

UPDATE: The TRO (for European Connections) is effective until a new hearing is held on April 3. We hope the court will rule on that day to issue a permanent injunction against the law.

In the mean time, HR3402 is the law of the land, and even though the Justice Department may not prosecute any company that ignores the law while the TRO is applied to European Connections, there is no guarantee they will not. So we are taking a conservative approach and have ceased the sales of addresses, personal ads, and my Personal Search service to US clients pending the courts ruling. Stay tuned. Subscribe to my
Yahoo Groups  to hear when we reopen for US Clients.  Jean
UPDATE:  5 May -- Still no decision. Reduced to a few words the new law means:

Introduction sites cannot give U.S. clients information on a foreign national until they have searched sex offender registries, collected criminal and family background information, provided background information to the foreign national, given the domestic abuse pamphlet, and received written consent from the foreign national to share her contact information. Violation of these requirements can result in civil penalty up to $25,000. (Very BiG Deal, Jen)   
  We are making arrangements for proper checks, so check back soon.  We will also be directing you to a new free Aussie site. 

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REPRINT from Heart of Asia:   (Note: EverlastingLove.com is based in Hong Kong and is not a member of Heart of Asia Network)
      However, we are an affiliate and receive a small commission for linking to Heart of Asia

   

The US Congress recently passed a poorly thought out law, based on the FALSE assumption that ALL Men  who seek foreign romance must be criminals and abusers. This law then takes away the privacy rights of these American men forcing them to jump through hoops before they can even say "Hi" to a foreign woman. Those that manage to get to the stage of betrothal and marriage face additional road blocks at USCIS. Foreign Men will be banned entirely from using any US based international introduction site.

We fully believe this law to be unconstitutional and hope that if enough attention and action occurs, ie: letters to your Congressman, class action lawsuits, etc, that eventually it will be overturned. Please follow the links below to get more information and to contact your representatives.  In the mean time we have to deal with it.  This unfair law takes effect on March 6, 2006. 

To prepare for it we will accept no orders after 12:00 noon PST Sunday March 5. As you know,  Heart of Asia provides contact information of mostly Foreign Ladies to men worldwide who wish to communicate with them and hopefully start up a relationship. Currently, as a client you may purchase the address of any woman shown at our website. With her address in hand you contact her directly.  If she likes you she responds. Thousands of happy couples and marriages have occurred.  The new law requires that before a foreign woman's address can be sold to an American Citizen or resident, the following must occur.

A. The American man must complete a questionnaire on his criminal and marital background.
B.  Heart of Asia must obtain his record from the National Sex Offenders database.
C. Both questionnaire and record must be translated to the woman's native language.
D. The translated questionnaire and record must be provided to the woman.
E. The woman must then certify that she agrees to permit communication.
F. Only then is the American man allowed to say "Hi".
G. Foreign men will be banned entirely from receiving any service at all.

The above process though not impossible will certainly be expensive and cumbersome. The law is designed to stop American men from using services such as Heart of Asia to find overseas life mates

HR3402 Compliance. We have received a lot of suggestions that we should move overseas and be out of reach of the new law. It is true that it is unlikely that foreign based services will be prosecuted. However their US clients will be put at risk. If the US client finds a life partner and applies for a fiancée visa to bring her into the US, the consular official will be required to ask for specific details as to how the two met. If they met via an introduction service they will be asked whether the service complied with the law. It is expected that couples that meet via non-compliant services, will have their visa applications rejected.

What should you do?

*. Contact your Congress Person Make your displeasure with this unfair law known.

*. Join the Forum where you can share your views on this unfair law..  (Join My American-Filipina Courtship Group) 

*. Sign the Petition requesting rescinding of this law.

*. Subscribe to the Foreign Brides Newsletter.                                  ( I will send newsletter to Group members )
We will keep you informed on developments after March 5. And announce hopefully good news if/when the law is overturned.


Useful Links.

Read a clear description of the problems with this Law by Greg Bala, Immigration Attorney
 "
The backdoor law that Sabotages International Romance"

Text of the International Marriage Brokers Regulation Act of 2005

Discussion Forum for those affected. International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 Forum

Website with more info: International Marriage Brokers .com

Blog from Houston "Wandering Salsero": Our Fat Smucks and bra-burning feminists in Congress have done it again.

IMBRA deems American Men Abusers

How to Contact your Congressperson

Petition against this law

IMBRA.org

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,180487,00.html

http://letters.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/2005/12/28/protection_for_mail_order_brides/view/index.html

http://www.clownposse.org/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6027

http://www.russianatlanta.net/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=11456&ARCHIVE=


Philippines PenPal Site Directory


 

Thanks.  Jean

 

Best Philippines Travel Video 2005 - - - Mabuhay "Welcome to The Philippines" . . . New 2 hour DVD covering over 40 locations on 20 different islands. Ride with our tour group and experience the Philippines like a personal visit. Jean
New Travel Video

Best Philippines Travel Video 2005 Come with us on a entertaining  journey across thousands of kilometers of cities, towns, villages, parks, rivers, volcanoes and many scenic mountains to learn about my wondrous country.  This is a fast paced tour showing life of Filipinos today; both city and province. 

 Sure you see the big hotels but also the small ones, same with the restaurants, stores, life at work, nightlife, and life in general. We try best to show all; the great, the good, the fair & the sad as well.

This 2 hour DVD is your ticket to climb aboard our tour bus. See The Philippines as if you are here beside me. Unlike any travel video you have ever seen and much more informative. I highly recommend!  

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