My girlfriend of six years who lives in Germany is thinking about moving here permanently. We are not ready to get married, yet. Is there a visa she could get that will allow her to live here so we can date?
My girlfriend of six years who lives in Germany is thinking about moving here permanently. We are not ready to get married, yet. Is there a visa she could get that will allow her to live here so we can date? We realize she’d have to travel back to Germany to apply. I’m a U.S. Citizen, 48, she has a dual citizenship in England and Germany (33). Thank you for whatever help you can provide and details on costs for more help.
Frank, thank you for your inquiry. I am sure you know she can travel to the U.S. as a visitor without any visa at all under the visa waiver program. This is because she is a German citizen. Germans are allowed access to the U.S. for up to 90 days at a time, visa free. The same goes for English citizens who want to visit the U.S.
I understand you want her to live in the U.S., not just visit. When thinking about immigration, look at things from the U.S. government’s standpoint. For the government to issue her any visa, there must be an advantage to the U.S. government. What would be the advantage to have her be in the U.S. longer than a short visit? One choice would be to have her enroll in school in the U.S. and pay international tuition. This would help give financial support our educational system.
A fiancee visa is granted out of respect for the U.S. citizen who wants her here. The government is willing to bend to accommodate your desire. B visitor visas are for those who want to spend money on our tourist industry. She does not need a B visa to visit as mentioned above. If she had one, perhaps she could stay in the U.S. for up to 6 months rather than 90 days under the visa waiver program. Most consulates will require that she use the visa waiver program and will not issue a B visitor visa without good cause. If you can identify a characteristic about her or a circumstance that would entice the U.S. government, then we could see if there is a visa for her situation. If not, then you are stuck with short visits under the visa waiver program until your relationship develops far enough that you want to marry. I hope this information helps.
Kind regards, Allan