... Hello all,
Before I go and pay some immigration lawyer (does anyone know a good one?!?) I've tried but failed to get a reasonably accurate answer to our quandary.
The situation is as follows:
- I am a UK citizen residing in London.
- I met my fiancee 2.5 years ago in London and we recently got engaged. She lives with me.
- She is an American citizen, who over the past 2.75 years been working for the good old NHS in London as a full time employee on a leave to remain permit that expires in 2013
- We will be in the UK another year, before moving to the US (possibly - see below) and she will continue working in the UK
- We want to get married.
- We are indifferent about being married in the UK or the US.
- She wants UK citizenship
- I am not bothered about US Citizenship for another couple of years as the tax implications for me are better to remain a none-US citizen
- We visit the US frequently (business and family)
My questions are:
1. Do you think it is better for us to be married in the US or the UK? What do we need to do to get this process started? Any ideas for US and UK are warmly accepted.
2. Can she take UK citizenship once we are married and what forms etc do we need to complete (before we get married? / after?)
3. Can she take UK citizenship as I don't want to take US citizenship? (just yet)
4. I am thinking of locating to a tax free haven (I don't earn huge money, but my job allows me to locate to where I want, so why not pay as little tax as possible
next year, hence can I then take up my option of being a US citizen so when we are ready in 2012 to move to the US full time, we can?
In a nutshell, I think we have a decent amount of flexibility in that she is already in the UK legally, but I am really confused on what to do/what is best!
If anyone does know a great lawyer that they think would help us, that also would be fantastic.
Many thanks !!! Paul