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Hi all,

I appreciate your patience with me. I know you must get asked these questions a million times. My UK husband is a US greencard holder. We have been married for 5 years and he has been in the US for 4 years. Now that we have a son (we've already received his British passport) we want to move back to the UK. If we can make it through US immigration, I am confident we can make it through the UK process. I am just befuddled about where to start. All the document numbers and codes are making my head spin. Any pointers or links would be greatly appreciated.

Also, since we are both residing in the US I am concerned about the financial end of things. Would it be wiser for him to go back before me to secure employment and a residence? I would be most interested to hear any experiences with sponsers you have had.

Nice to meet you and thank you in advance,
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Hi all,

I appreciate your patience with me. I know you must get asked these questions a million times. My UK husband is a US greencard holder. We have been married for 5 years and he has been in the US for 4 years. Now that we have a son (we've already received his British passport) we want to move back to the UK. If we can make it through US immigration, I am confident we can make it through the UK process. I am just befuddled about where to start. All the document numbers and codes are making my head spin. Any pointers or links would be greatly appreciated.

Also, since we are both residing in the US I am concerned about the financial end of things. Would it be wiser for him to go back before me to secure employment and a residence? I would be most interested to hear any experiences with sponsers you have had.
As far as US immigration is concerned, make sure you get US passport for your son - sorted. As for your husband, if he gets re-entry permit before leaving US, he can stay away up to 2 years before losing his green card (permanent resident card). If he leaves without the permit, it's only one year. Best way is for him to apply for and obtain naturalisation as US citizen before leaving, and as a dual national, he will have freedom to live in either country without restriction.
You have to apply for UK settlement visa, and as you've been married more than 4 years, you will get indefinite leave to enter on approval. After living in UK for 3 years, you become eligible to apply for naturalisation as British citizen, giving you the freedom of residence in both countries.

Yes, it would make sense for your husband to return to UK first and prepare for the family's move, and this is commonly done. It would also make your UK visa application more likely to be approved if you can show there is a home and a job for your husband in UK.

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