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You really do need to get US passports for your kids. But the good news is that you can register their births, apply for their passports and apply for their social security numbers all in one visit to the US Embassy in London. There is a Social Security office there, so if it's a problem about the older child, where better to ask the question?

You also have to file the paperwork to sponsor your husband's visa for the US, which means you need to be able to prove you can support him, or that you have a family member or friend who can keep him off welfare for the first 10 years he's there. They will expect you to have a place to stay when you first get to the US (but it's ok if it's with friends or family).

The whole process takes at least six months, so probably best to get started on registering the kids and applying for their passports ASAP.
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Thanks Bev.

Can I do all three of those things in London even if I reside in Scotland? I was under the impression I had to register their consular reports in Edinburgh and then go to London for the passports/SS#s.

It would be great if I can do it all in London!

I need to wait until July to start the process rolling... I say I have 3 kids - but one of them is still in my belly :). I'm waiting until he is born to get all three children done at once, rather than making two trips down to London.

My husband is hoping to have a job lined up for him for when we get there - we are in contact with my old employers and hoping they will work something out for us - but if I need to register for his visa 6 months prior, would it be better to get a letter (or what?) from my parents saying if necessary THEY will support him for 10 years? I don't have a job out there, though I plan on continuing my current at-home business once I get set up, so I can't prove I myself can support him. My parents would happily 'sponsor' him though if that is allowed? (We can also stay with them when we move over there until a house is sorted out.)

Thanks again for all your help!!

Lori
From the website for the Edinburgh consulate:

We provide all passport and citizenship services for American Citizens resident in Scotland.
Sounds like you don't have to go to London at all - at least not for the kids.

Only thing they don't do is process visas. For that, he (at least) will have to make a run to London. But I think you can file the I-130 and support documents by mail. And yes, you can use your parents as a co-sponsor as long as they are willing to do so.

The kids will need their passports before they actually go to the US and unfortunately you can't pre-register the littlest one (so hard to get a proper passport photo before they're born). But there's no reason you can't put the spouse visa process in motion now - file the support documents, get the necessary forms and letters from your parents, etc.
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Bev
 
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