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Q: What is the best options of us couple (us citizen & dutch citizen) to immigrate to the USA from The Netherlands?

I am from The Netherlands, my partner is from the USA. At this moment we are both living in the Netherlands, in 2016 she got her temporary residence permit to be able to live in the netherlands and work - with this she has the same rights as i do as a dutch citizen. Unfortunately she wants to move back home (USA) which means that I would be moving too. marriage isnt a requirement in the Netherlands for residecy. For me to be able to live, work, pay taxes and have health Insurance and pensions in the USA what do we need to do? should we get married here in the Netherlands before we move to the usa? am i allowed to work ones i am there? The greencard application how does that go? I do not want to lose my dutch nationality, will that be a problem? I just want to be with my partner.

Thank you in advance.

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Myron Morales
Myron Morales
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX

A: If you marry in the Netherlands, that will allow your US citizen spouse to sponsor you for lawful permanent residence. You would not lose your Dutch citizenship. It takes about a year to complete the process whether you do it in the U.S. or in the Netherlands. If you adjust your immigration status while in the U.S., you can obtain a work permit while the application is pending.

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Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: You will need to marry in order to immigrate to the US. Your spouse can file a visa petition for you while you are still in the Netherlands. Then you will file an immigrant visa application. Once that has been approved, and you move to the US, you can work.

You will not lose Dutch citizenship by getting a green card, nor will you necessarily lose it if you became a citizen of the US.

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