- TLC’s „90 Day Fiancé“ is one of television’s most loved reality TV shows.
- Many couples from the show are still together.
- The show does not fully cover the details on what it takes to become a US citizen.
- Some cast members have opened up about their experience on the show on social media.
For nearly five years, TLC’s hit show „90 Day Fiancé“ has been entertaining audiences with stories of unique couples navigating the trials and tribulations of the K-1 visa process.
Fans can’t get enough of the show’s couples, awkward moments, and heated arguments. Complete with all the reality TV essentials — love, drama, unusual circumstances, and, of course, tears — it’s not surprising why the show continues to be one of television’s most addicting reality series.
As with any reality show, there is much more to „90 Day Fiancé“ than meets the eye. From production secrets to cast member gossip, here are some interesting facts about the popular TLC series.
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American cast members are not paid much to be on the show, and non-American cast members are reportedly paid nothing.
Last year Nikki Cooper, a friend of season five’s David Toborowsky, revealed on the „90 Day Fiancé“ Facebook page that cast members are paid $1,000 per episode in addition to a $2,500 bonus for attending the „Tell All“ special.
As for the cast members seeking their green cards, season six cast member Luis Mendez claimed on his Instagram page that the immigrant cast is not paid anything. He said, „They (TLC) only use the immigrant people … they dont [sic] pay to us in the first 90 days and they destroy our lives with bad fame.“ He went on to say, „I don’t [receive] any money only the American people.“
Matt Sharp, a producer for „90 Day Fiancé,“ backed up this claim when he told the „Reality Life“ podcast that it would be „illegal to pay someone“ who doesn’t have a green card.
In-laws and friends of the cast members are also apparently not paid to appear on the show.
According to Nikki Cooper, friends and family members of the cast members receive no compensation for being on the series. On her YouTube channel, she stated that she and husband Chris Thieneman „didn’t get a single dime from the show“ when they appeared on season 5.
Getting married does not guarantee citizenship.
Although the show documents the 90 days that a couple pursuing a K-1 visa has to get married, the show does not cover the multitude of steps after marriage that must be taken before the immigrant partner becomes a US citizen.
The State Department’s description of the K-1 visa indicates that receiving the visa and permission to travel to the US to get married is just the first step in pursuing citizenship.
After marriage, a green card, which grants immigrants status as a „lawful permanent resident,“ must be requested and held for a minimum of three years before the holder can apply for citizenship, which in itself is a lengthy process.
In addition, if the marriage is annulled or a couple files for divorce, the citizenship of the K-1 visa holder could potentially be in jeopardy.
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