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hey there =)

my family is hoping to move to England in a couple of years time, I'm English and hold a British passport and I'm a resident alien with a green card in the USA.

I married my husband in England, in 1993 and we moved to the states in 1997, our son was born in England, but holds an American passport, and our daughter was born in the USA and has an American passport, hubby was stationed in England with the united states air force.

My entire family lives in Essex, so that's where we would initially like to move to.

We are basically clueless, and just getting started, so any help would be amazing.

and is there any way for any of us to get dual citizenship ?

Kayla.
 

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hey there =)

my family is hoping to move to England in a couple of years time, I'm English and hold a British passport and I'm a resident alien with a green card in the USA.

I married my husband in England, in 1993 and we moved to the states in 1997, our son was born in England, but holds an American passport, and our daughter was born in the USA and has an American passport, hubby was stationed in England with the united states air force.

My entire family lives in Essex, so that's where we would initially like to move to.

We are basically clueless, and just getting started, so any help would be amazing.

and is there any way for any of us to get dual citizenship ?

Kayla.
If you are British otherwise than by descent your children are both British and entitled to British passports.

The biggest issue for most couples is meeting the financial requirement. For the most part it's your responsibility to meet the financial requirement. You must have a job nib in the US earning £18,600/ year AND you must have a job lined up in the UK earning the same which starts within 3 months of your return. Or you can have savings of £62,500 between the 2 of you which has been sitting in a readily accessible account , untouched for 6 months. Or you can return to the UK on your own, get a job earning £18,600/ year and after having a job for 6 months your husband can apply for a spouse visa from the UK.

There are other options for meeting the financial requirement which you can read about here:


http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/s...DIs/chp8-annex/section-FM-1.7.pdf?view=Binary

You also need show you can accommodate him. And you need to substantiate your relationship.

After 5 years of residing in the UK on a spouse visa your husband will be eligible for UK citizenship.
 

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Your son is British otherwise than by descent being born in UK of a British parent. Your daughter is British by descent, being born in US if you are British otherwise than by descent. Both are eligible for British passport - the only difference is your son has transmissible nationality, whereas your daughter's is more limited.
You need to sponsor your husband for spouse visa, as nyclon has described. If he is still with US forces, posting to UK will enable you all to move together, as he will be exempt from immigration rules. If he then wants to leave the military, there is a special provision for leave to remain, esp if he manages to get a civilian job with US forces. It may not be so easy with reduced US military commitment in Europe.
 

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thanks for the replys, hubby retired from the airforce 10 years ago.

i saw in other posts that it suggested that a british person living in the usa got american citizenship before they moved back, do you have to give up your british citizenship to do this ?
 

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thanks for the replys, hubby retired from the airforce 10 years ago.

i saw in other posts that it suggested that a british person living in the usa got american citizenship before they moved back, do you have to give up your british citizenship to do this ?
No you do not give up your British citizenship when you obtain US citizenship.

You would be well advised to get US citizenship before you move back to the UK since, if things did not work out in the UK, you could then return to the US without restrictions.
 
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