Originally Posted by Jonlion
Ha ha i would have no idea, i just figure if i marry an American, i am set for citizenship! Im sure i can prove it isnt for a scam!
It makes me laugh when my girlfriend came to visit me here, at passport control they asked her for my address, how she knew me, how we met?
It wouldnt surprise me that the paperwork would be a nightmare!
Well, it's not a scam, you can definitely become a citizen by marrying an American. Here's the long arduous process:
Get engaged and your spouse will petition for you to move in with them (from the Philippines, this process takes about 9-12 months on average, not sure about Britain, probably faster). There's a lot of paperwork involved with this, so I won't go into detail.
When you enter the U.S. with your Visa (K-1 or K-3), you have 90 days to get married, then file for the green card (so far, we've been waiting since early October), then they have you and your spouse come to a (hopefully) nearby location for a personal interview where they ask a lot of questions and assess your relationship status with each other.
After 2 years, if the marriage is successful (no divorce), then you can update your green card (I think to a permanent status), and file for citizenship - this is another process. I don't know how long this takes, but I know you have to take a test that most Americans would fail (the irony
). Once you're a citizen, you can divorce her and live here forever. Ok, that last part was the truth, and
Also, if at anytime, you do get a divorce (and I think commit a felony), they will deport you back to Britain and it's possible you'll never be allowed to re-enter the U.S.
Once you get your citizenship, you can petition for your parents to come live with you and criticize your wife 24/7