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Englishman married American - Any advice on visas and passports please?

Old Jan 13th 2005, 9:15 am
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Hi there,
I'm English, my wife is American. We married in April and are happily living in the UK. At the moment I just travel to see my inlaws on holiday using the visa waiver scheme. At some point we are thinking of moving back. My wife has about 16 months left on her 2 year visa before she will (hopefully) get granted indefinite leave to remain.

With that being granted, will she recieve an English passport too, or another visa in her American one? Should it allow her to move between the States and UK freely in the future should we decide to return and work again for a while?

Also I was wondering when I should start applying for a US spouse visa? We don't plan on living in the States for at least 16 months.

Many thanks,

Paul
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Old Jan 13th 2005, 10:45 am
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Default Re: Englishman married American - Any advice on visas and passports please?

Originally Posted by paulecoyote
Hi there,
I'm English, my wife is American. We married in April and are happily living in the UK. At the moment I just travel to see my inlaws on holiday using the visa waiver scheme. At some point we are thinking of moving back. My wife has about 16 months left on her 2 year visa before she will (hopefully) get granted indefinite leave to remain.

With that being granted, will she recieve an English passport too, or another visa in her American one? Should it allow her to move between the States and UK freely in the future should we decide to return and work again for a while?

Also I was wondering when I should start applying for a US spouse visa? We don't plan on living in the States for at least 16 months.

Many thanks,

Paul
It took me 3 months from start to finish, I wouldn't even be worrying about it for another 10 months, then give yourself 6 months to dcf.

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Old Jan 13th 2005, 10:55 am
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It took me 3 months from start to finish, I wouldn't even be worrying about it for another 10 months, then give yourself 6 months to dcf.

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Excellent, I'll just keep travelling on holidays with the visa waiver then. Anyone know about my wife getting a UK passport, or will it be another visa after the probation 2 years is up?
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Old Jan 13th 2005, 11:23 am
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Default Re: Englishman married American - Any advice on visas and passports please?

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Excellent, I'll just keep travelling on holidays with the visa waiver then. Anyone know about my wife getting a UK passport, or will it be another visa after the probation 2 years is up?

She will get an ILR visa when this one expires. To get a UK passport she will have to be on ILR for an additional yr and then apply if that is what she wants. I have heard the process is quite long and can take 1 yr.
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She will get an ILR visa when this one expires. To get a UK passport she will have to be on ILR for an additional yr and then apply if that is what she wants. I have heard the process is quite long and can take 1 yr.
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Default Re: Englishman married American - Any advice on visas and passports please?

Originally Posted by paulecoyote
Hi there,
I'm English, my wife is American. We married in April and are happily living in the UK. At the moment I just travel to see my inlaws on holiday using the visa waiver scheme. At some point we are thinking of moving back. My wife has about 16 months left on her 2 year visa before she will (hopefully) get granted indefinite leave to remain.

With that being granted, will she recieve an English passport too, or another visa in her American one? Should it allow her to move between the States and UK freely in the future should we decide to return and work again for a while?

Also I was wondering when I should start applying for a US spouse visa? We don't plan on living in the States for at least 16 months.

Many thanks,

Paul
Hi Paul,

Welcome to BE!

There are several US related visa forums, of which the US Marriage Based Visas would be most appropriate for you. Please read and search for relevant threads about applying for the I-130 by DCF in London.

As for when your wife would be eligible for a British passport, please refer the Home Office and Immigration site. There's bound to be information on the criteria for British citizenship.
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