Q: If I marry someone from the UK then come back to the US for a year to finish my degree, what visas would we need to get?
He lives in the UK (Northern Ireland) now, the wedding would likely be there next summer. I’m from the US and would be halfway through my Masters program (only one year left until it’s finished). After I finish my degree we would move to the UK.
I’m trying to figure out what visa I would need to get married there since I’m not a citizen, what visa he would need to be in the US for a year and be able to work, and the best way to start the process to obtain citizenship for the UK once I graduate.
A: That is best answered at an appointment with competent and experienced immigration attorneys. There are two sets of laws, one U.K. immigration law and the other U.S. immigration law. Most nations require conditional/permanent resident/landed immigrant status before you can seek citizenship by naturalization. You can be denied admission to either nation if you are trying enter as a visitor, but have immigrant intent for the purposes of the visit. All those who apply for admission are presumed to have immigrant intent unless otherwise admitted. Good luck.
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Stephen Arnold Black agrees with this answer
A: There are not many options, given your ultimate intent to move to the UK. Nonimmigrant work visas are hard to obtain, but if he has an employer with a US office, he might be able to be transferred to the US for a year. Otherwise he can consider H1B or H2A/H2B visas. He’d need to find an employer willing to hire him and then go through the visa application process.
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