The International Marriage Broker Act of 2005, IMBRA has been a bogey on the horizon for men and women in long distance relationships who met online at dating websites. This hasn’t been a problem for the websites or their clients UP TO RECENTLY, as the IMBRA laws been only partially enforced. However USCIS has been gradually implementing inch by inch some of the procedures as mandated by IMBRA and has taken major actions in 2015 and 2016 to now require couples to identify the websites they used, and provide evidence that the website was exempt from or strictly followed the IMBRA regulations..
The law puts draconian restrictions on how an American is allowed to meet his partner when using an online dating service. Basically every dating service, regardless of where located in the world, is supposed to comply with this regulation if they have American clients.