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Dual UK/US citizen wants to visit US with UK girlfriend

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Hi there. I've found this forum really helpful - so firstly thank you everyone for taking the time out to make this such an informative and helpful board.

I was born in the US, but have lived all of my life in the UK. I hold both valid US and UK passports and have visited the US multiple times.

My girlfriend of 6 years is a UK citizen. We have lived together for 6 years having met at university (I'm 26, she's 28). During that time we have visited the States 3 times together for short vacations.

We would now like to stay in the US for an extended amount of time (i.e. 6-12 months). Obviously, this is beyond the 3 months that my girlfriend can get with the VWP.

While there, I would get a job and we would also get rental income from properties that we have in the UK. We also have savings, so supporting our trip financially will not be an issue.

My question is, how likely is it that my girlfriend will get a B2 Tourist Visa, being that she is a UK citizen and is applicable for the VWP?

Also, will me being a USC have a negative effect on any application?

Any information would be gratefully received.

Many thanks.

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First, 6 months is the maximum with a B2. Yes, it can be extended once, but it's rather uncommon to pull this off (I have, but that was many moons ago).

Second, she will need to state the reasons for her B2 request and plead her case, and if that makes sense to a US Government employee, she'll get her visa. You, as a US (dual) citizen, are obviously part of this plead. If you state that you two do not want to move to the US, only spend a few months there and live off your rental income in the U.K. that makes sense to me and I would sign that in a heartbeat. Keep in mind, she could travel to the US without problems anyway, as can you, so there's no reasonable presumption of illegal immigration involved.

The problem is, is she gets denied, you'll have a problem as she would not be eligible anymore to participate in the VWP.

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

President Teddy Roosevelt on Columbus Day 1915

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