This network of smaller international marriage agencies is often affiliated with web-based international dating sites that are able to market their services on a larger scale, in compliance with regulations such as the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act.
Experian, a market research firm, reports that the top 10 international dating sites attracted 12 million visitors in March 2013, up 29% from March 2012.
European American men found financial success in the migration West, but the one thing that was missing was the company of a wife.
In the early 20th century, the institution of "picture brides" developed due to immigration restrictions.
The Japanese-American Passport Agreement of 1907 allowed Japan to grant passports to the wives of immigrants to America.
Many of these marriage agencies are based near women in developing countries (such as Ukraine, Russia, Colombia, Brazil, India, China, Thailand, and the Philippines).
International marriage agencies encourage women to register for their services, and facilitate communication and meetings with men from developed regions of North America, Western Europe, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.