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Old Jan 6th 2012, 7:42 am
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Hi,

I am a permanent resident card holder, and have been living in the US for 3 years. I recently married a US citizen. I do not want to give up my UK citizenship. We want to keep as many doors open as possible for the future, for us and our children. I spoke to someone who was a similar situation to me, and when she moved back to Scotland, she has to obtain citizenship for her children. I've been reading and it looks like even if I fly to Scotland to have babies, they aren't automatically UK citizens because I haven't been permanently residing there for 3 consecutive years.

Is it easier to have kids here then apply for British by descent citizenship for them?

Also, if I get US citizenship, do I have to pay US taxes if I move back to Scotland later in life?
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Old Jan 6th 2012, 7:44 am
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Welcome to the forum, if you look around and use the search function you can usually find the answers you seek.
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Old Jan 6th 2012, 7:47 am
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If you are British, any children you have, even if born in the states, will be eligible for British Citizenship.

If you become a USC you will always have to file taxes, but not necessarily pay anything
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Thanks! Do you happen to know the rough fees that might be invloved in obtaining British citizenship for a spouse/child? I just had to pay $450 to change my name.... that makes US citizenship slightly more appealing. Plus I can't be out of the country for more than a year, ever, so if we decide to move to Scotland later - I'd have to have US citizenship or I'd lose my greencard. If I am dual of US and UK,does that make any difference in my ability to aid my spouse & children's UK citizenship process? Or, does it not make any difference?
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Sorry I have no idea, but google is your friend

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=563641

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=671498

http://immigration.findlaw.com/immig...-you-know.html
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Just a point, provided you are british, and were born british, your children will automatically be british also.

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/br...en/bornabroad/
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If you are British, any children you have, even if born in the states, will be eligible for British Citizenship.
If they got it "other wise than by descent" yes it is passed on, other wise there are hoops to be met.

As a LPR, you've got to file to the IRS taxes where ever you are resident and where ever you have assets above a certain amount, being a USC wouldn't change that.

Process for obtaining residence for your USC spouse to move to the UK changes in April. It is currently quite quick, but not that cheap.

Oh and this forum is just a place to introduce yourself.

If you want more info on this, I suggest browsing the MBTUK forum here, or the wiki, which has a lot of info already.
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Hi Charlie

First of all welcome to BE.

If you haven't already I recommend you check out the USA forum, which is for those expats who are living or working in the USA.
I am sure if you raise these points on that forum you will get replies from many other Brits who are or have been in exactly the saem situation, so there is a wealth of knowledge on there about all these sorts of factors.

You will find the USA forum by clciking the forum index tab at the top left corner of this page. Scroll down the list of countries and double click on USA and you're in.

All the best
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if you kids are british by descent then the 'cost' of this is the cost of getting a passport. you dont have to get a form or procedure for it - just follow the normal process for thier uk passports.


Bear in mind though that if THEY are British by decent then any kids they have wont automatically have citizenship. Ie my 2 boys were born in the uk so their kids will be British by descent. my daughter was born here in the us so shes a US citizen and British citizen by descent- but her kids wont be auto British citizens.
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