I was married to a French citizen last 2006 but we parted ways last 2009. We got married here in Philippines but he filed for divorce in France. Our divorce was finalized last June 30,2016 but as of this writing I only have the copy of the divorce decree. I believe the divorce decree needs to be authenticated in France, by which my ex-husband is doing right now.
By 2010, I found someone new and he came to the Philippines and stayed here for 7 years. We'd been living together for more than 7 years but due to unforeseen circumstances, he had to go back to America. His mom was diagnosed with ALS.
Last February 2017, he went back to America. He asked me to visit him and be there for his mom's birthday (as it may be her last birthday). I thought my divorce won't be eligible for a K1 visa, so I applied for tourist visa with clear intention that it was just for 2-week visit. However, my visa application was denied. The consul told me that I should have applied for K1 visa.
The consul called the next applicant so I didn't have to time to ask more questions nor provide more information.
My American boyfriend and I were planning to get married for a long time but due to my situation, we had no choice but wait. Now that I am finally free, he wanted to file for K1 visa. I don't want to hire an immigration lawyer due to the cost. We are not rich, and my American boyfriend got a job in America last April 2017. I don't want to burden him with all my problems knowing that he's been going through a lot.
MY questions are:
1. Would my divorce decree (when fully authenticated by the authorities in France and in the Philippine Embassy in France) be enough to prove that I am free to marry?
2. Do I need judicial recognition here in the Philippines knowing that we are planning to get married in Texas?