If you are a Muslim with multiple wives, and you travel to the U.S., will you be charged with polygamy?

What if you are also a U.S. citizen?

(I'm just curious how this works for people from Saudi Arabia, etc.)

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    Note that someone who intends to practice polygamy in the US cannot immigrate to the US, as they are inadmissible under INA 212(a)(10)(A). However, nonimmigrant travel is fine.
    – user102008
    Mar 9, 2018 at 19:39

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However, only the first wife is recognised as a wife under US law.

Please note that it is not illegal to live in a polygamous relationship in the US: only to marry in the US while still married to another person.

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