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Working visas in USA- to marry or not?

Old Oct 25th 2005, 3:17 am
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Hi,

My partner and I are both British and want to go to the USA to work for
a couple of years. He is a banker and I am in scientific research. Would
it be easier for us to both get working visas if we were married?
Anyone know anything about this?


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Old Oct 25th 2005, 6:25 am
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Originally Posted by Ames

My partner and I are both British and want to go to the USA to work for
a couple of years. He is a banker and I am in scientific research. Would
it be easier for us to both get working visas if we were married?
Anyone know anything about this?
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Unless one of you were able to get a company transfer L1a/b, meaning spouse would get L2 and be allowed to work...you would probably end up getting an H1B, where spouse would get an H4 and not be allowed to work unless they got there own H1B on their own merits...and to tackon to someone else' visa, you have to be married.

University type research work probably wouldn't be stumped by the H1B quota, so you could be alright...but your partner would have trouble, the H1B quota has long been filled...so wouldn't be able to apply till April 06 at earliest for a visa to be issued in Oct 06.
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Old Oct 25th 2005, 6:27 am
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Default Re: Working visas in USA- to marry or not?

Originally Posted by Ames
Hi,

My partner and I are both British and want to go to the USA to work for
a couple of years. He is a banker and I am in scientific research. Would
it be easier for us to both get working visas if we were married?
Anyone know anything about this?


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If only one of you gets a 'working visa' (there are several types, btw) and you are not married, your options are very limited. The non-visa partner *may* get approved for a B visa to stay 6 months at a time in the US so you're not split up, but the non-visa partner does not get work permission.

Same scenario if you're married, but you get a longer period of admission. Most derivitive visas for spouses do not include work permission (H-4 etc).

For each of you to have work permission, you must each independantly qualify for the visa you're seeking (sponsored by employers), which could be hard to coordinate.

I imagine some more creative thinking will come along shortly
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Old Oct 25th 2005, 7:26 am
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Ames wrote:

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    > Hi,
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    > My partner and I are both British and want to go to the USA to work for
    > a couple of years. He is a banker and I am in scientific research. Would
    > it be easier for us to both get working visas if we were married?

If you were married, one of you would be entitled to accompany the other as
a dependent. However, most dependent visas do not come with work
authorization (the exception is an intracompany transferee and a J-1
exchange visitor).

If both of you want to work, you have to qualify for a work visa separately
regardless of your marriage status.

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