Frequently Asked Questions About Our Service
A Foreign Affair has successfully been in business since 1995. Each of the three owners of the company found the love of their lives in Russia via the service, and are living testaments to the benefits made available by this type of service. But don’t just take our word for it - if you have spoken to an AFA representative, and you still have questions or doubts, simply ask for a list of previous tour client referrals. We will be happy to place you in contact with prior tour clients and married couples who will take their personal time to inform a fellow participant of the opportunities that await you. Simply call us at (602) 553-8178 to obtain as many referrals as you like. AFA offices around the world collect 100’s of profiles on a weekly basis and electronically submit that profile information to our loveme.com web site. This allows us to place several new, fresh, beautiful faces on our web site each week.
(none) was designed for men who wish to explore all possible options when it comes to choosing a future partner or meeting a new close friend. We are one of the few services in the dating industry that encourages and provides world renowned travel tours and introductions for men to meet hundreds of single women face to face in a social environment in their foreign country, with the same goal as you, finding love. Men can view any woman’s profile and see their bios, photos, videos and additional information about them. AFA allows individuals the ability to correspond online and build rapport for one another prior to ever meeting, so when the time for traveling finally comes the couple can build off the correspondence and have chemistry already flowing into the first meeting. Since 1995 AFA has been the leader in introducing international couples, providing top quality customer service, global offices in each city we travel to, and off course the highest quality of beautiful and intelligent single women.
The short answer is that you must meet her in person to exchange contact information, which if you are using this site should be your objective. Due to US law (International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA)), governing Foreign Introduction Agencies, we are restricted by the Federal Government in releasing any contact information until certain conditions are met. One of those is that she must see and sign your personal IMBRA form, which we complete, translate, process, and store for you when you meet. Without this form being completed correctly your fiancee visa may be denied. We correctly process the IMBRA forms for all the women you meet during any group tour and/or any type of individual meeting. We also confirm your identity, and conduct a sex offender background check, in addition to the completed IMBRA form. The communication on the site is meant to facilitate you meeting her at which point you will be free to exchange any personal contact information if both parties so desire, which is normally the case.
In addition to the requirements of IMBRA there are additional issues relating to safety and other concerns as to why we do not exchange contact information until you meet. For more information please see below:
Since 1995 AFA has successfully served the International Singles community by providing a premium safe and comprehensive introduction and relationship building service. There a multitude of International dating sites available for singles, all with varying degrees of service, safety and success. AFA, being the leader in the industry, has always strived to provide a complete, safe, and comprehensive service for those men and women truly interested in actually meeting each other for real relationships as opposed to virtual relationships where the two individuals rarely meet. To that end, AFA is the only service that offers a variety of options ranging from Individual options such as the Asian, Latin, and Euro clubs, One on One Introductions, and the Executive Service. Additionally we offer our most popular option, the Group Tours. All these options are designed to allow you to meet as many women as possible; including the one(s) you have built prior relationships with using the service. AFA is not intended to be a Pen Pal or virtual relationship service. The women profiled here have expressed a serious interest in actually meeting men with whom they can build a safe and rewarding life.
Due to safety concerns and IMBRA regulations, the exchange of personal contact information is severely restricted unless or until you meet in person via any of the vehicles mentioned above. The women have many on- line options; they choose us because they know our reputation over the last two decades as a Premium International dating service. They understand that the Matchmakers at our various offices and affiliates will assist them throughout the entire process with communication, translation, in person meetings, advice, etc., while keeping personal details and contacts private until they are sure they wish to meet. Often this support continues even after they are married if they need advice or any type of support. They receive much more personalized service and support then they would on any other site. At the same time, due to the time and resources necessary to provide such services, we are very selective as to which women we place on the site, placing only those we feel will ultimately be successful in their search, based on several factors. Unfortunately, in the past when we did release the women's personal contact information to individuals she had not yet met we received many complaints from women concerning harassment and or inappropriate sexual behavior/photos, primarily from men who never had any serious intention of meeting in person. Unfortunately, as a result of such issues many women requested to remove their profiles from the site, making it more difficult for the men who were serious to find their perfect match. Those issues still occur on many other sites, which is why women who are serious trust AFA and the safety and convenience of the comprehensive service they receive, which in turn enables us to present these women to you as viable candidates for serious relationships that may lead to marriage.
In virtually all cases once you meet the woman or women in person and they know you are real and have an interest they will release their personal contact information to you. Many may still use the service from time to time even after exchanging contact information for ease of communication and translation services, but also keep direct contact.
There is no extra fee to execute the IMBRA form for any type of in person meetings. However, there is a fee to execute the IMBRA form (if the woman is willing to do so) for those who have not yet met in person, please call 602-553-8178 ext. 0 for more information regarding this.
There are a variety of reasons as to why the women choose to join our service. It has been our experience that the primary objective of these women is to find a loyal, dependable, stable man with whom they can build a happy and loving family. These women are now searching outside of their country for this because for whatever reason or reasons they have not yet been able to find that one special person. In Russia for instance, there is a serious shortage of Russian men due to a combination of war and the high male death ratio. Alcoholism is also a very serious problem affecting many Russian males. A poor economic environment causes many men to shun the responsibilities of a wife and family. A family is very important to the vast majority of these women, thus they are forced to expand their search for their mate. The Internet has also opened up a whole new world of opportunities to these women that their mothers never enjoyed. They are no longer confined to their own cities and towns when searching for a mate. They can now search the world over for the right person.
Due to the culture and harsh realities of everyday life, the expectations and wants of most foreign women are extremely practical and realistic. They view strong family and traditional values as being important factors when choosing a life mate. Of course, like women everywhere, they want to fall in love. The facts in reference to marriage are that women seek mature, older, healthy, intelligent, successful, stable men with the ability to protect and provide for the family, and in all circumstances each of us seek a comfortable and happy home life.
A citizen of the United States has the right to file for a fiancée visa. The main qualification in applying for a fiancée visa is that the couple must have met in person, and photo evidence is required. Generally speaking, that meeting will take place outside the US. In Majority of visa applications, US Immigrations does not grant tourist visas to beautiful young foreign women from the countries we travel to, primarily due to the fear they desire to immigrate to the US and may not wish to leave the US once they enter on a tourist visa. The INS takes a dim view of a tourist visa holder who decides to marry while in the US. A U.S. citizen may, however, petition for a visa for his alien fiancée to allow her admission to the United States for a period of 90 days in order for them to prepare for their marriage and life together. At the end of the 90 days, the two of you must marry or she must return to her country. If you marry within the 90 days, she may remain in the country as your wife and she does not need to return to her country. You will need to file for Adjustment of Status immediately after you are married. Your new wife will not be able to leave the US until you file for "Advance Parole" or travel permission from the INS. Our company provides all of its tour members with a FREE professionally-prepared fiancée Visa Kit. The kit, authored by Immigration Attorney Laurie Wu, contains all the forms and guidance necessary to complete the process yourself. Tour clients may have Ms. Wu complete the entire fiancée Visa process for them at a fee of appx. 1600 (plus an appx. $550.00 filing fee). This rate is competitive with other US Immigration attorney services.
Thus, while citizenship and relocating are factors, there are many other more important factors for these women to consider. Many women will not risk leaving their country to be with a foreign man in a foreign country whom they've never met face to face with due to the fear of the unknown that may happen. Women come to AFA because it provides them a safe and supportive environment to meet more single men. What they really want is someone they can trust, depend on, and have a close relationship with. They certainly don't want to leave their friends and family and move to a strange new place just to discover they do not love the person they’re committed to!!!
No. The service is free of charge for the women. By not charging them to be on our service we are able to bring you a greater number and cross-section of people from which to choose. For the most part however, the women on our service could easily afford to be there. We have people from all walks of life including doctors, teachers, scientists, business people, farmers, etc.
That really depends on you. It is important that you read the bio-data information about the women you intend to correspond with. You should only respond to those whom you feel you will be compatible with. You should also review the Letter Writing Tips, and Some Good Advice. By following these guidelines you should receive a very favorable response.
The response time for a woman will typically be 1-3 days depending on how quickly she can be reached. The AFA offices reach the women through cell phone, social media, email and other platforms and work diligently to translate the correspondence for the couples and make sure they receive one another’s responses in a timely manner. It is possible that it may take longer to receive correspondence if the women is not able to be reached. If you have not received a response within 14 days, you can reach out to the Correspondence Department at (602) 553-8178 EXT. 104 or email email@example.com
Studies have shown that, on a short term basis, the more attractive singles have sex more often. However the facts are, in reference to marriage, men seek youth and beauty & women seek mature, older, healthy, intelligent, successful, stable men with the ability to protect and provide for the family.
While outward appearance plays a role in any relationship, there are other factors which are much more important. We find that trust and stability are two of the most important factors, especially for the women on our service. If a relationship does develop and the woman moves to this country, she will want someone she can depend on. This is a major life move for her and at least at first, there will be no one in this country other than you that she can turn to for support and comfort. Therefore, while looks may play a minor role, stability, trust, and a warm relationship are much more important factors.
Studies show men and women seek different goals in marital partners. Men seek youth and beauty. Women seek mature, older, healthy, intelligent, successful, stable men who will love and respect them, with the ability to protect and provide for the family. It is a fact of life. In many other cultures, such as the Russian culture, the women tend to have much more reasonable expectations. Thay have not yet been media programmed with a youth-oriented outlook on life. Many Russian men lack a certain maturity towards family and relationships. Most Russian women are extremely mature for their years.
(none) attempts to be as diverse as possible. We have women on our database from all walks of life, different cultures, and varying age groups. Age does become a factor when choosing whom you will be most compatible with; however, do not let it become a barrier. For many women an older person represents stability, security and wisdom. In many cultures it is not uncommon to see major age differences between spouses.
That is of course entirely up to you; however, we recommend that you do not. If the woman with whom you are corresponding is really interested in you then she will certainly respond without any financial incentive. If you really want to help with the cost of postage (most women and men on our service can easily afford this cost), we suggest that you send stamps as opposed to cash. We suggest you contact your local Post Office, or call us for more information on where to purchase the stamps.
(none) services are available to any person from any country. Although our home office is based in the USA, we have offices in all of the cities in which we conduct the Singles Tours. These offices offer support for the Tours and services for individual travelers. Tour packages are available without airfare for clients who originate from countries other than the U.S. The women on our service welcome the chance to meet men from all countries and walks of life.
You will find everything you need to know contained on the site of (none). Please read the information and feel free to ask questions if you do not find the answers you need contained in the text portion of our service.
Yes, in most cases they do, to one extent or another, however they should participate in the correspondence and not just simply have a Matchmaker write it for her with no input, knowledge, or contribution from the woman (if you ever feel that is the case please let us know and we will look into it and resolve it to the best of our ability).
This service is much different than traditional dating sites/apps which are basically a DIY service with little to no support for the men or women utilizing the platform. Here, both men and women receive much more support and guidance throughout the entire process, beyond correspondence, especially in the case of the women.
This added support and encouragement (sometimes a lot of encouragement!) of Matchmakers often provides men using the service to experience greater opportunities of actually meeting many of the women in person to learn if there is any mutual chemistry. If not for the on-going support and assistance of the Matchmakers there would be far less opportunities for you to at least have the opportunity to meet, “to get up to bat”, so to speak and see if there really is a chance for a serious relationship or even a friendship.
There are several factors as to why the women may receive assistance with correspondence. One of the most obvious is language differences. All the women on the site are from foreign countries and English is not their native language in nearly every case. Even if they speak English they normally do not use it every day and may need some assistance, at least at first to feel comfortable interacting with a native speaking foreigner. Many of the letters are translated, verbally or written, and thus there may be differences in content, and the Translator may influence the correspondence, even unintentionally, simply due to the translation process.
Women may rely on their Matchmakers when it comes to cultural differences as the Matchmakers have more experience with the different cultures of men using the service, thus the women may receive help with what to say in unfamiliar situations.
There are also logistic and convenience factors. Women may receive letters from various men and, unfortunately, a very small percentage will ever travel to actually meet. Many women find it easier, more efficient and convenient to have their Matchmaker(s) assist them with their correspondence and even photo selection if sending photos. Many of the women also receive this type of assistance with video calls and even in person meetings to one degree or another.
The Matchmakers also assist men with the language, cultural and even convenience factors as well, although normally more so with video calls and in person meetings. There are many instances of video calls where the man is relying on the Matchmaker to assist him with things to say or convey to the woman, especially with cultural differences but in general as well.
If you are not comfortable with the women receiving this type of assistance, or even yourself receiving assistance, we strongly recommend you do not use the service and utilize a traditional dating site or app., where there is very little, if any, support or assistance provided.
Yes, they may be. As is stated on the site, we do reserve the right to edit letters for several reasons. An obvious reason would be the exchange of contact information or setting up a meeting prior to executing IMBRA (see number 3).
By law we are forced to do this and must edit any such information until it is legally permissible, once the requirements of IMBRA are met. Another reason may be any illegal activity that is being discussed. If we see any illegal activities being discussed in your correspondence, we will normally edit the letter and then reach out to you to discuss the issue.
There may be other reasons as well such as inappropriate content or photos etc. Again, normally if correspondence is edited for those reasons the staff will reach out to you to discuss it and work to resolve it with you.
It is against our policy to pay the women to participate. However, since many of the women can be financially disadvantaged, but wish to use the service to meet someone, they can be reimbursed for certain expenses they may incur incidental to their use of the service.
Those costs are up to the office and or affiliate offices to determine, but can be for things like reimbursement for photos, transportation to join or for a meeting, make-up or hair styling in the case of taking new photos etc.
It is up to the office’s discretion as to what can or should be reasonably reimbursed.
It is against our policy to pay the women to participate or offer commissions to them for such. If you ever feel there is an issue with that please contact us with the details and we will look into the situation and resolve it to the best of our ability.
You may if you have her contact information, but we highly advise against it in most cases.
You should never be asked for or solicited to send money to anyone on the site, the woman or an office or affiliate office.
If that ever happens you should contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org and describe the situation and we will look into it and offer advice as to how to proceed.
There is virtually never a good reason to send money to someone you have never met, and even if you have met you should use extreme caution before doing so.
In most cases no, or at the very least it would be complicated and somewhat dangerous.
It is generally very difficult for most women to obtain a Tourist Visa to travel to the US in order to meet you. It can be dangerous for a woman to travel to a foreign country for the purposes of meeting a man she has never met before, with little to no support, which is why we always advise against such meetings.
Normally, most men will travel and meet the woman or women in person, get to know them better.
Once they both decide they wish to move forward, most will maintain the relationship independent of our service until they begin the Fiancée Visa process.
As we state on the site, the women will normally compose their intro letter with the assistance of an experienced Matchmaker. The woman will also share the type of men she is interested in meeting.
One of the Matchmakers duties is to help search for possible candidates that may be a match and have the woman’s intro letter sent to those possible matches. The Matchmakers, using various tools, including digital tools, search the database and send introduction letters to the matches as they see fit. The same Introduction letter may be sent out to multiple men. You should never feel compelled to reply to an intro letter as it is just a possible indication of interest or match. If you respond to the introduction letter they should reach out to the woman and let her know about your response and do their best to get a response back from her for you.
Some Matchmakers will use very specific and tight parameters, while others will use a shotgun approach which may fall outside the woman’s parameters, however still may result in a possible match.
Due to the number of women on the site and possible matches, the site reserves the right to delay sending introduction letters.
No, we do not pay the women to attend our Social events.
In some venues the women may actually pay a small fee to attend. In some cases, due to economic reasons, some women may be reimbursed a nominal fee for travel expenses in order to attend.
We offer much more assistance, guidance and coaching to the women than most other sites.
The Matchmakers work closely with most of the women and assist them with their letters, even assisting them with the content, and often even encourage them to respond to you.
If it was not for their efforts you would not receive as much attention and not have the opportunities you have on this site to actually meet the women, providing your chance to see if there is a connection or not.
This is why you will receive much more interaction from the women on this site compared to most do it yourself type dating sites.
We also offer various features designed for you to interact and meet the women in person including the video calls, individual introduction clubs, group tours and dedicated VIP matchmaking services.
All of these services require an enormous amount of work by the staff and Matchmakers to make this all happen and again give you the opportunity to at least meet these women to see if there really is chemistry.
In addition to its own offices, AFA does contract with many third party Affiliate agencies in order to provide the most opportunities possible for members of the site.
AFA has guidelines in place that affiliates, (as well as its own offices) must adhere to or risk fines, penalties and possible termination.
Affiliate Agencies, as well as AFA office staff, are compensated by AFA for providing various services including gift deliveries, correspondence, tour support, translations, introductions etc. In most cases the compensation is dependent on the number or amount of services performed or provided, thus offices have a financial incentive to support and provide services.
If you ever feel there is a problem/issue with a profile or anything having to do with the quality or content of the correspondence, photos, videos, or anything else relating to the profile, or any other service, please notify us at once and we will investigate and work to resolve any possible issues to your satisfaction for that particular case. If for whatever reason we cannot reasonably resolve the issue, we will issue you a full refund for that particular case.
By using the service and knowing and understanding that it makes use of multiple affiliate, third party agencies in order to provide more opportunities for you. You agree not to hold A Foreign Affair, its employees, owners, or directors liable for any actions of an affiliate, even if those actions violate, in any way, the affiliate agreement between affiliate and AFA, and/or that fall outside the agreement between A Foreign Affair and any affiliate that may result in damages or otherwise cause injury to the user.
If you would like to know if the agency providing you a specific service such as Express Mail is indeed an affiliate agency as opposed to a company office, please call (602) 553-8178.
A Club Package allows you to meet up to 3 women a day in one city for 7, 10, or 14 days. You will provide a list of approximately 30 to 40 women you may be interested in meeting and we will do our best to arrange the dates when you arrive.
We cannot guarantee that you will have 3 dates a day, it will depend on your schedule as well as the women's schedule. The Club does not include the Socials or hotel accommodations that the Group Tour does. However, one of the main advantages of the Club over a Group Tour is that you can pick the dates you wish to go, while Group Tours adhere to a set schedule each year.
Read more about the Clubs or the Group Tours and see which is the right choice for you!
Yes. You can go to any of our offices around the world and arrange one on one meetings independent of a Club or Group Tour.
Just E-mail email@example.com prior to traveling so we can help with all the details and make arrangements prior to your arrival.
Absolutely. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video must be worth a million.
If the woman is willing to do a video call with you, (most are, however some might want to exchange a letter or two first to know about you before committing to a call) you can easily set it up via the site.
Just go to her profile page and click on the “Call Me Now” button and follow the directions. The minimum call is 30 minutes and will include a translator who will facilitate the call.
Not normally due to IMBRA (see above). However, if IMBRA has been satisfied, you can contact her directly and make your own travel arrangements. Most women prefer to meet for the first time with our assistance, so we normally work with you and her to set up the date.
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