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March 4, 2009

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Can My Spouse Obtain A U.S. Passport Or Citizenship Through Marriage?

Q: Can my spouse obtain a U.S. passport or citizenship through marriage?

A: A U.S. citizen cannot transmit citizenship to a spouse. Your spouse would be required to apply for an immigrant visa and reside in the United States as a lawful permanent resident (LPR). An application for naturalization can be made to the Department of Homeland Security on fulfilling a residency requirement. Once naturalized, your spouse would be eligible to apply for a U.S. passport.

 

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Questions regarding visas should be directed to our Live Operator Service at 09042-450-100. Calls to this line are charged at £1.20/min from BT landlines; some mobile and network providers may charge more. For Frequently Asked Questions Regarding visas, please visit our website at http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/faqs/index.html .

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49 Comments
  1. Breana Wheeler
    Mar 5 2009

    Can you please define what “spouse” means in the American context?

  2. Jennifer
    Mar 9 2009

    are you able to advise how long does it take when applying for a lawful permanent resident (LPR)?

  3. Daniela
    Mar 24 2009

    What form does my spouse (UK citizen) need to fill out to obtain legal residency and work permit in the US when we move back?

    • American Citizen Services
      Mar 24 2009

      An immigrant visa is required of anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States. For more information on immigrant visas, please visit our website at http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/visa/iv/index.html.

  4. Daniela
    Mar 24 2009

    Thank you. And what form will my UK spouse need to fill out to work in the US once he has applied for the immigrant visa?

    • American Citizen Services
      Mar 24 2009

      On entering the United States on an immigrant visa your husband will require no further authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in order to take up employment. For more FAQs regarding immigrant visas, please visit our website at http://london.usembassy.gov/iv-faqs.html.

  5. Anne Bowers
    Jun 4 2009

    Hi there. I am applying for a visa for my new husband who is a UK citizen (I am dual). My father who is a US citizen is also in the process of applying for a visa for his mother (my grandmother) to come live in the US from the UK. Will this impact on my application for my husband?

    Thanks

    • American Citizen Services
      Jun 5 2009

      Questions regarding visas should be directed to our Live Operator Service at 09042-450-100. Calls to this line are charged at £1.20/min from BT landlines; some mobile and network providers may charge more. For Frequently Asked Questions Regarding visas, please visit our website at http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/faqs/index.html .

  6. ian
    Jun 29 2009

    my wife is american i have been perm resident but we are in uk at this time do i have to reapply to be perm resident?

    • American Citizen Services
      Jun 29 2009

      All questions regarding Legal Permanent Residence status (also known as a “green card”) should be directed to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If you wish to remain outside of the United States for more than 12 months, you will be required to apply for a Reentry Permit. This information and more information can be found on our website at http://london.usembassy.gov/dhs/uscis/lpr.html.

  7. Val
    Jul 2 2009

    I was not able to return to the US for Biometerics for my Re-entry Permit application and have since been told that my Permanent Residence has been abandoned and is no longer viable even though my card is still valid. I have family, a home and a business in the US but have been told I need to start all over again with my husband petitioning for me.
    We are currently based in the UK, can he petition for me from here? He is here on a work permit and both of our children are dual citizens. We are due to return to the US in December.

    Can I travel as a visitor using ESTA? Or do I need a K-3 visa and if I do what is it exactly?

    I’d appreciate any insight into how to proceed.

    Thank you

    • American Citizen Services
      Jul 6 2009

      Questions regarding visas to the U.S. or Legal Permanent Residence Status (LPR, a.k.a. Green Cards) cannot be answered by the American Citizen Services Unit at the Embassy. You will need to contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in relation to your LPR status or contact our Live Operator Service regarding visas at 09042-450-100. Calls to this line are charged at £1.20/min from BT landlines; some mobile and network providers may charge more. For Frequently Asked Questions Regarding visas, please visit our website at http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/faqs/index.html .

  8. andrew knight
    Jul 15 2009

    I am a widower, my wife was a born and bred US citizen, our daugter was born in the US, and has US/UK and Irish Nationality.Shortly after my wife died I brought my daughter to the UK, and we still maintain a home in the US.
    What are my options, I was ‘only’ married for 12 months before my wife died, and had not applied to live in the US full time as her husband before she died (sadly circumstances/fate caught up with us).My daughter is referred to as the US citizen when I applied for her passport, but unless I have any rights to spend more than visitor time in the US, then by definition neither can my daughter.I am not necessarily looking to work in the US, as I have work, and business interests in the UK, I just would like to be able to freely travel there and spend time there, without us being subjected to rather restrictive xxx days a year.Can you advise me please.

    • American Citizen Services
      Jul 15 2009

      Questions regarding visas to the U.S. cannot be answered by the American Citizen Services Unit at the Embassy. You will need to contact our Live Operator Service regarding visas at 09042-450-100. Calls to this line are charged at £1.20/min from BT landlines; some mobile and network providers may charge more. For Frequently Asked Questions Regarding visas, please visit our website at http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/faqs/index.html .

  9. Neil
    Sep 20 2009

    My wife is a US Citizen and is submitting an I-130 on my behalf (I am a British Citizen) to the US Embassy in London as we both live in the UK.

    Should she put her Nationality/Citizenship as American or Dual – American/British on the I-130 and Biographic form?

    • American Citizen Services
      Sep 21 2009

      Inquiries regarding visa services should be directed to our live operator services at 09042-450-100 from within the UK (calls to this line are charged at £1.20/min from BT landlines; some mobile and network providers may charge more) or 1-866-382-3589 from within the United States (callers are charged a fixed rate of $16 for up to seven minutes which is payable by credit card – Visa, MasterCard, American Express only). You can also check our website or the Visa Services blog for additional information.

  10. joe
    Sep 24 2009

    I am a non US citizen beginning work with a sponsor in in the US in January for a two year period.
    What visa does my wife need to gain entry to the US with me?

    • American Citizen Services
      Sep 24 2009

      Inquiries regarding visa services should be directed to our live operator services at 09042-450-100 from within the UK (calls to this line are charged at £1.20/min from BT landlines; some mobile and network providers may charge more) or 1-866-382-3589 from within the United States (callers are charged a fixed rate of $16 for up to seven minutes which is payable by credit card – Visa, MasterCard, American Express only). You can also check our website or the Visa Services blog for additional information.

  11. Em
    Jan 1 2010

    I am a dual American and British citizen, my husband is British. We live in the UK, and have for over a decade. Is there any benefit to obtaining a green card while here in the UK, if we are not sure when we will move to the USA? We travel back to the USA at least once a year. But I am concerned that if my husband does not go to the USA for 12 months, he will lose his green card. I have trawled various US and UK gov websites, and this is not very clear – most answers presume people are emigrating to the USA. But not much info is available for those wishing permanent resident status who may not move there asap. Thanks, in advance.

    • American Citizen Services
      Jan 4 2010

      Questions regarding Lawful Permanent Residence Status (a.k.a. green cards) should be directed to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office at the U.S. Embassy in London. For information on how to contact them, please visit our website at http://london.usembassy.gov/dhs/uscis/index.html.

  12. mohima
    Mar 1 2010

    Hi

    I just got married to my husband who from m USA i want to live with him and work over in the US and also become a citizen in time what kind of visa would i need can you please end me the link.

    Regards
    Mohima

  13. Lily Blitstein
    Mar 10 2010

    I am applying as pettioner for my (UK citizen) husband for an immigrant status. we would like the application and process to flow through the US embassy in London, since he is there most of the time. Should I start the filing process in the USA and wait for interviews in London? or do we need to make appointment in London?

    • American Citizen Services
      Mar 11 2010

      Lily – We regret that we are unable to assist you on this blog. Information on applying for an Immigrant visa for your husband is available from the Embassy website, here.

  14. Jihn
    Mar 12 2010

    I do not currently work, I quit my job roughly two years ago in order to take a business degree which I will complete in September, my wife also does not work. However we both would like to emigrate to the US and with my qualification find work there, can I still get an immigration visa if we are both currently unemployed? I do have a good amount of cash saved as we new we wanted to emigrate years ago.

    • American Citizen Services
      Mar 16 2010

      Jihn – we regret that we are unable to advise on the requirements for an immigrant visa. This blog is for U.S. Citizen services only. Information about Immigrant visas is available from the Embassy website.

  15. Johana
    Apr 7 2010

    I am a US citizen and I live in the UK I want to file for my husband (UK citizen) to move to the states what do I do first? Can I fill out the forms online, or do I need to go in person to the London embassy to pick one up?

    • American Citizen Services
      Apr 9 2010

      Johana – we regret that we are unable to assist you with this matter. Information about applying for an Immigrant visa is available from the Embassy’s website, here.

  16. Josie
    Apr 8 2010

    I’m a US citizen living in the UK and I want to petition my husband (A UK citizen) to come with me to the US. How do I do this? Is it online or do I go to an embassy or what?

    • American Citizen Services
      Apr 9 2010

      Josie – we regret that we are unable to assist you with this matter. Information about applying for an Immigrant visa is available from the Embassy’s website, here.

  17. rodny
    Apr 12 2010

    Hello good afternoon
    My daughter has an Italian passport and is living in England and I would like to give her my US citienzenship could you tell me where to look on line to find out the procedures for giving her an US passport through DNA testing her Arizona

    • American Citizen Services
      Apr 15 2010

      Rodny – Your daughter should look at our blog post “Am I Eligible for U.S. Citizenship” for more information. We regret that we are unable to assist you in locating DNA services in Arizona.

  18. Paul says:
    May 26 2010

    I am a UK citizen and live in the U.K with my wife who has dual citizenship. We have purchased a house in Florida and wish to reside longer than the 3 months i am currently allowed under the visa waiver programme.What are my best options?

    • American Citizen Services
      May 27 2010

      Paul – your question relates to visa requirements, which cannot be answered on this blog. Please visit the Embassy’s website, here fore more information on visas to the United States.

  19. Aliyu
    Jun 30 2010

    my wife was born in the US in the 80s but she came back to nigeria without obtaining a US passport,she has a valid birth certificate though.can she apply for an american passport,and can i,her husband,apply for permanent residence(aka)green card?

    • American Citizen Services
      Jul 7 2010

      Aliyu – if your wife was born in the United States, she may be eligible for U.S. Citizenship. More information to assist your wife in determining her eligibility is available from the Embassy website, here.

      If you wish to travel to the United States to reside there permanently, you will require an Immigrant Visa. Information on immigrant visas is also available from the Embassy website.

  20. Khan
    Jul 25 2010

    Hello.. My fiance is American national and has American Passport as she was born in US. She has not been to US since her birth, now we both want to live & work in US after we get married. How can she apply for my citizenship on her behalf as she holds a US passport and nationality so we both can live and work in US.

    • American Citizen Services
      Jul 28 2010

      Khan – if you wish to reside in the United States, you will require an immigrant visa. More information about Immigrant visas is available from the Embassy website.

  21. Khan
    Jul 25 2010

    My fiance was born in US and she travelled back home on US passport but she hasnt gone back to US since then. We are getting married soon and planning to reside in US. How can she apply for my residence in US on her behalf?

  22. Cheqrouni Samira
    Jul 27 2010

    my husband is US citizen who regained his US citizenship after 1994 because he did not stay the appropriate time in US. We live in morocco now. Can I get the US citizenship through him

    • American Citizen Services
      Jul 29 2010

      Cheqrouni – your husband cannot transmit U.S citizenship through marriage. If you and your husband wish to travel to the United States to reside there, your husband can petition for you as the spouse of a U.S. Citizen. More information is available from the Embassy website, here.

  23. stephanie becerra
    Aug 4 2010

    MY QUESTION IS THIS..I LIKE TO NO WHAT MY SPOUSE NEEDS TO BECOME A PERMANENT RESIDENT IN THE U.S..WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO.

    • American Citizen Services
      Aug 5 2010

      stephanie – if your spouse wishes to reside permanently in the United States, he will require an immigrant visa. More information is available from the Embassy website.

  24. Lisa Vlieg
    Aug 17 2010

    I was told that my husband would have to give up his UK citizenship to obtain US citizenship. Is this true?

    • AmericanCitizenServices
      Aug 18 2010

      Lisa – if your husband wishes to travel to the United States to reside there permanently, he will require the appropriate immigrant visa. More information about immigrant visas is available from the Embassy website.

      More information about becoming a dual national is available in our blog post here.

  25. Javier Echavarri
    Aug 23 2010

    Hi I am a US Citizen and just got married, I would like my wife to be able to come with me to the US when ever we want but she has a Polish passport and that requires her to get a tourist visa but now that we are married is there any paperwork we can do so we dont have to apply for the tourist Visa each time. Can you please HELP
    Thanks

    Javier

    • AmericanCitizenServices
      Aug 24 2010

      Javier – if your wife wishes to visit the United States, she will require a nonimmigrant visa. If she wishes to reside with you in the U.S., she will require an immigrant visa. Information about both types of visa is available from the Embassy website.

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