Q: I'm American and my partner is British. What is the best/easiest way to go about marriage and duel citizenship?
We have been together 2 years and both want to do duel citizenship living part time in both countries. We travel currently back and forth monthly and she has started getting questioned by TSA at immigration for the amount of time/trips to the US. What is the proper/easiest route for us to do this correctly? Should we get married in the US first and have her apply for a green card? What visas? What will we have to do to make this go smoothly with the least path of resistance and hassle from immigration officials? We both currently have our permanent residence listed in our respective countries. Up until now shes been traveling on ESTA.
A: The rather restrictive immigration laws have led many Americans to move to Europe. It will be best to plan an appropriate future with a competent and experienced immigration attorney before your loved one is excluded from entering the United States.
Neither the US nor the UK prohibit dual citizenship. Your partner can apply to become a naturalized US citizen without giving up her UK citizenship and you can apply for UK citizenship without giving up your US citizenship.
You should each retain an attorney who practices immigration law in the nation where you want to apply for citizenship. A competent, experienced attorney in this area will help make this process go smoothly for each of you.
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