Portland, ME asked in Immigration Law for Maine

Q: If I marry a UK citizen in London, what's the process for bringing my wife to live here?

Is she able to get a job if she's married to me?

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Randall Drew
Randall Drew
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Bedford, NH

A: You will have to file a petition for her to immigrate to the United States. She cannot fly back with you after the marriage ceremony. It actually takes several months for a petition to be approved by USCIS. Then she has to apply for a visa with the US Department of State. There is a medical exam, police clearances, and an interview at the US Embassy. Then they will send her back her passport with the visa in it. She has to then go online and pay a fee to have her greencard produced before she enters the USA. When she gets here she is legal to work but it may take a couple of weeks for the greencard and the social security card to be produced.

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