International Marriage Broker Regulation Act

IMBRA, the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 is a United States federal statute that requires background checks for all marriage visa sponsors and limits serial visa applications. IMBRA also requires background checks before speech or other forms of communication are permitted between American citizens and foreign nationals.

The Act regulates international marriage brokers who's principal business is to provide international dating services between United States citizens or United States residents and foreign nationals.

The international marrriage broker is required to collect background information from each member who is a US citizen or US resident who wishes to use an international marriage, matchmaking or dating service. The broker is also required to conduct electronic searches on the National Sex Offender public registry and state public registry (

The international marrriage broker is required to translate the background information into the primary language of the foreign national and present this to the foreign national before allowing personal contact information to be exchanaged.

Evidence of compliance with IMBRA regulations may be required to be presented when applying for a K-1 Fiancee Visa if a United States citizen or United States resident met their fiancee through the services of an international marriage broker.