Many married couples, comprised of a US national spouse and a UK or other foreign national spouse, live together in the UK. The US citizen may be a dual national of another EU country, or may have obtained Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. In these and specified other cases where the US citizen has additionally lived in the UK for at least 6 months following approval of UK Entry Clearance, it may be possible to file the immigrant visa petition directly with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in London.
The process begins with the filing of a Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130), associated forms, supporting documents, and required fees, to the USCIS Field Office in London.
Once the I-130 is approved, the case is forwarded to the Immigrant Visa Unit (IVU) also located within the US Embassy in London. The IVU will oversee the next steps, including ensuring that the online form (DS-260) is filled out, that the civil and personal documents are collected, that the Affidavit of Support is prepared, and that the foreign national attends a medical examination appointment with an Embassy-approved physician.
Once these steps are completed and the foreign national is scheduled for an interview at the US Embassy in London, assuming all goes well, the non-US spouse will be issued an immigrant visa and will receive his or her passport through a pre-arranged courier service.
The American Immigration Law Office LTD has assisted countless married couples in filing immigration petitions with the US Embassy in London. The attorney is well-versed in US immigration law and the firm can guide you from the beginning to the end of your case. For efficient and personable immigration services, contact the firm today and request a consultation.