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I am moving to the states in a few weeks but I am just thinking in case if I don’t like it there, how soon can I sponsor my husband to move with me to UK, and what is the process like? (I am a British citizen)

 

I know you should be earning and have 6months pay slips which I have would that be sufficient ? 

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36 minutes ago, Silver12 said:

I am moving to the states in a few weeks but I am just thinking in case if I don’t like it there, how soon can I sponsor my husband to move with me to UK, and what is the process like? (I am a British citizen)

 

I know you should be earning and have 6months pay slips which I have would that be sufficient ? 

There’s information on gov.uk all about it and British immigration forums. Check there. 


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I guess this is the wrong website to ask. But I agree with the poster above me. Go to the british government website.

 

Besides, what of your husband doesn’t want to live in the UK and can’t adjust?


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I'd give it a good period of time to adjust before making a decision. I came here on a K1 7 months ago and at times I have wanted to go back home. What has helped me to cope has been giving myself a plan B so that on days that I struggle the future doesn't seem so terrifying. At my worse times I only allow myself to think only a few months ahead and then I tell myself I will review it and take stock when it's the first anniversary of moving here. Otherwise the thought of endlessly feeling homesick and alien is overwhelming. If I'd only tried it for 6 months I would have definitely packed it all in last month. The first few months are euphoric after waiting to be together, then that wears off and reality bites.

What type of visa are you coming to the US with? If it is a spouse visa, and you can drive straight away or work, it will really help you cope better than having to go through the AOS process. If you are half-hearted about emigrating it will be more difficult to make it a success. I'd give it your best shot before making a decision. You will feel homesick and culture shock at times and it's best to accept it rather thinking the solution is to go back to what you're familiar with. Also, I can't imagine putting my relationship through 2 immigration journeys in a short period of time. It takes its toll even if things run smoothly. 

Have you researched if it will make travel back to the States more difficult in the future if you move back to the UK within a time period after emigrating? Abandoning certain visas will limit your options in the future. It's another thing to consider before you commit to moving.

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Sure you can always move to the UK together after immigrating to the US and getting your green card, if you qualify based on UK law.  It's another process like that in the US, hopefully a bit faster, but there could be months apart again.  And also keep in mind that if you leave the US soon after arrival, your green card will no longer be valid if you don't stay in the US, and future visits to the US could be questioned at POE.  If you stay in the US for three years you can apply for citizenship (takes a year) so after four years you could have dual citizenship and then live in the US or UK as you wish.  Have you talked with your spouse about this?  Why go through this long process, spend all the money, move to the US to be together for a time, and then start another similar process again and be apart while waiting for his UK visa?  Sounds like it's time for a heart-to-heart talk with your spouse.

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6 hours ago, Silver12 said:

Hi peeps,

 

I am moving to the states in a few weeks but I am just thinking in case if I don’t like it there, how soon can I sponsor my husband to move with me to UK, and what is the process like? (I am a British citizen)

 

 

 

 

 

You will have to return to the UK and hold a job there at least 6 months earning £18,600 before you can apply for bringing your husband. There are no joint sponsors allowed so you must have a job. 

 

It's going to take time to feel at home in the US. Doubting the move already isn't a good indication that you'll give it a fair shot. You can apply for US citizenship after three years then can move back and forth at will with no immigration applications for you. 

 

 

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You can move back and get the process started as soon as you want to. There is no waiting period.


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46 minutes ago, Wuozopo said:

 

You will have to return to the UK and hold a job there at least 6 months earning £18,600 before you can apply for bringing your husband. There are no joint sponsors allowed so you must have a job. 

 

It's going to take time to feel at home in the US. Doubting the move already isn't a good indication that you'll give it a fair shot. You can apply for US citizenship after three years then can move back and forth at will with no immigration applications for you. 

 

 

I have been there before just for a vacation  and I must say I really liked it! And yes I guess it will take time but I am really looking forward to my move 😊 especially to be together with my husband is the such a great feeling. 

 

Thanks for all the advise! 

 

 

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10 hours ago, Silver12 said:

Hi peeps,

 

I am moving to the states in a few weeks but I am just thinking in case if I don’t like it there, how soon can I sponsor my husband to move with me to UK, and what is the process like? (I am a British citizen)

 

 

 

 

OP, there should be a link in my signature that might be helpful in answering the rules when it comes to returning to the UK and bringing a spouse. However, there is something I'd like you to seriously think about first.

 

Green cards are for living in the US. Returning home, essentially abandons the process you have started.. and rendered it for nothing. I'd always advise US/UK couples (especially because the UK rules can be a difficult wrangle for some to manage) that they decide where they want to live first, before jumping in with both feet. If it's the US, then you need to commit to being there for the long haul, and certainly completing citizenship first before making a decision to return back to the UK on a perma basis. Having citizenship in the US means you can travel back and forth between both countries freely, and that opens up a lot of options for you. You do not lose your UK citizenship either. Because US citizens are non-EEAs, there is no free movement (and if Brexit goes through this may become even more problematic in the future). The process becomes complicated to bring a US spouse. The UK citizen must return and establish residency and be making the required amount of money in the required sort of job before their spouse can even join. And that's if your application is accepted. Once accepted, it then becomes an extremely lengthy multi-years worth of process to have that spouse continue to remain with you - at which time you need to still be maintaining that financial level. There are no joint sponsors. There are healthcare surcharges and various other costs. Still, for those that have no financial constraints this may not be problematic.

 

Homesickness of course is a thing, and there will be a big adjustment period for you. But you can always return home to visit. My husband has been here many years now, and though he misses home dearly, there is much he enjoys about the US. It's given him many opportunities and new friendships. Stay busy, make friends, see as much as you can. Remember things will always be different than it was.. and that's okay, because you've got each other finally to start making a life out of something new.


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