Atlanta, GA (PRWEB)
December 04, 2017
On November 27, 2017 Clarence House announced the engagement of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. Prince Harry, who is fifth in line to the throne, is set to marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May 2018 and it is reported that the bride will become a British citizen, prior to her wedding day. But what would happen if Prince Harry decided to move to the US to be with Meghan Markle? In this article, London/Atlanta based law firm, Davies Legal Immigration, briefly examines the differences between the US and UK spousal visa application processes.
The US Spousal Visa Application Process
The US spousal visa application process is a 2 stage process:
1. A US citizen or Green Card holder files an Immigrant Visa Petition for the benefit of their foreign national spouse; and
2. Upon approval of the Immigrant Visa Petition, the foreign national spouse files an application for a Conditional Residence (CR-1) or Immediate Relative (IR-1) Immigrant Visa, depending upon the length of the marriage.
1. Immigrant Visa Petition
In this instance, if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were to relocate to the US after the marriage ceremony, Meghan Markle would need to file an Immigrant Visa Petition, evidencing her bona fide relationship with and marriage to Prince Harry.
2. Visa Application
Upon approval of the Immigrant Visa Petition filed by Meghan Markle, Prince Harry would need to file an application for a CR-1 Visa (assuming Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married for less than 2 years at the date of the application).
As part of the application process, Prince Harry would need to undergo a medical examination with a US Embassy approved physician (involving a chest X-ray, blood test and urine test) and attend an interview at the US Embassy in London.
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