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Hi all,

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

My wife and I were both born in the UK and want to move to America.

My wifes father is American (he was in the US Air Force) and her mother is Brittish and they have been divorced for a long time. I have read family based visas can take 2 to 5 years. I also have a sister (UK born) who has got American citizenship who said she would help us in any way.

We are not sure which would be the best and quickest route for us to take, my wife applying for a family visa or as she has a university physiopherapy degree applying to one of the health sector agencies for advice on a work based visa.

My wife has a lot of step family in Boise Idaho and we have visited several times and would love to move there in the future.

Thank you very much for any advice.

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Hi all,

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

My wife and I were both born in the UK and want to move to America.

My wifes father is American (he was in the US Air Force) and her mother is Brittish and they have been divorced for a long time. I have read family based visas can take 2 to 5 years. I also have a sister (UK born) who has got American citizenship who said she would help us in any way.

We are not sure which would be the best and quickest route for us to take, my wife applying for a family visa or as she has a university physiopherapy degree applying to one of the health sector agencies for advice on a work based visa.

My wife has a lot of step family in Boise Idaho and we have visited several times and would love to move there in the future.

Thank you very much for any advice.

Paul

When was your wife born? Just the year should be fine for now.

Were your wife's parents married when she was born?

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

The physiotherapy qualification will have to be transferred to a US state licensing board, but you can research online what Idaho would require to certify your wife to work there. Or make contact with the state board next time you're back there to visit. There is often a shortage of medical personnel in rural areas, and that could open up some opportunities for her.
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The physiotherapy qualification will have to be transferred to a US state licensing board, but you can research online what Idaho would require to certify your wife to work there. Or make contact with the state board next time you're back there to visit. There is often a shortage of medical personnel in rural areas, and that could open up some opportunities for her.
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I haven't ruled out the possibility the wife is already a USC, yet!

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If her father is American, he should have registered her birth with the US consulate or the Air Force, and soemone should have a copy of the registration documetn. She is a US citizen by birth, I believe, even if it wasn't registered, but it will be more problematic to prove it. All documentation will help, including her birth certificate, her father's military id, both parents birth certificate, and proof of marriage.

I found this and this at the US State Department website. It tells you how to request a copy of the registration of birth. If your wife doesn't have a copy, she should try requesting one. If the birth has been registered, she can use that to apply for a US passport, and pursue everything from the point of moving to a country where she is a citizen and bringing along a spouse.

If that doesn't work, try contacting the Air Force if her father was in the military when she was born and her parents were married at the time of her birth.

Try contacting a US consulate in the UK for advice about what to do if her birth wasn't registered.

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If her father is American, he should have registered her birth with the US consulate or the Air Force, and soemone should have a copy of the registration documetn. She is a US citizen by birth, I believe, even if it wasn't registered, but it will be more problematic to prove it. All documentation will help, including her birth certificate, her father's military id, both parents birth certificate, and proof of marriage.

I found this and this at the US State Department website. It tells you how to request a copy of the registration of birth. If your wife doesn't have a copy, she should try requesting one. If the birth has been registered, she can use that to apply for a US passport, and pursue everything from the point of moving to a country where she is a citizen and bringing along a spouse.

If that doesn't work, try contacting the Air Force if her father was in the military when she was born and her parents were married at the time of her birth.

Try contacting a US consulate in the UK for advice about what to do if her birth wasn't registered.

She may be. Depends on when she was born, possibly if it was in marital union, and maybe other questions depending on the OP's answers. You're jumping the gun!

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I haven't ruled out the possibility the wife is already a USC, yet!
Whoops, read past that. As you already mentioned, it depends when she was born, too. Past a certain age, the wife would have had to have resided in the US for a period after the age of 14 to claim US citizenship. (I have a friend whose two kids were born in France - each one under completely different sets of rules regarding US citizenship. One got it, the other didn't.)
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Whoops, read past that. As you already mentioned, it depends when she was born, too. Past a certain age, the wife would have had to have resided in the US for a period after the age of 14 to claim US citizenship. (I have a friend whose two kids were born in France - each one under completely different sets of rules regarding US citizenship. One got it, the other didn't.)
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US residence will not be required by the wife but may be for the USC parent. There's also a complicated path whereby it can be claimed through the grandparents were the USC parent not resident for the requisite years.

But it depends on lots of factors. The two questions I asked will get the ball rolling -- we may need further questions after that. But the OP has not yet returned and until then we're pissin' in the woods.

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Hi all,

Thanks for the replies,

Answers to the questions are:-

Yes my wifes parents were married and she was born in 1963.

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Her mother lived in the US on the Air Force base but came back to the UK and gave birth but didnt return to the US.

My wife has only visited the US and never lived there as a resident.

Her Dad has a lot of paperwork birth certificates etc which he has sent us and should be here this week.

Thanks again for your advice.

Regards

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Hi all,

Thanks for the replies,

Answers to the questions are:-

Yes my wifes parents were married and she was born in 1963.

Also
Her mother lived in the US on the Air Force base but came back to the UK and gave birth but didnt return to the US.

My wife has only visited the US and never lived there as a resident.

Her Dad has a lot of paperwork birth certificates etc which he has sent us and should be here this week.

Thanks again for your advice.

Regards

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Okay -- so provided (I assume "yes") her father had, prior to the birth of the child, been physically present in the United States for a period of ten years, at least five years of which were after s/he reached the age of fourteen, your wife is already a US citizen.

She cannot apply for a visa but needs to apply for her first US passport at your local US embassy, and following that a social security number. See the American citizen pages on the embassy website. You need to take documentary proof of all the requirements -- born in marital union with a USC father who had the requisite number of years in the US. If her father is still alive, also get him to write an affidavit attesting to the facts. If her packet from the US contains a Consular Record of Birth, this alone will probably suffice. The passport is a proof of her US citizenship.

After that's complete she files for you - and you will need a visa.

Have you been married for more than 3 years?
Have you got any kids?


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