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I am a female with dual nationality, in UK and Ireland. I am a musician and teacher, and have a yearlong P3 Visa, and have had this since 2009, renewing it every year. It is still valid and another application until 2014 is currently being processed. My partner is a US citizen who works as an independent contractor for a US computer company, and he works remotely, so can be based anywhere. Because of the flexibility of our working situations we have stayed together in either the US or UK since we met in November 2009. Now though, we want to get married. We are trying to figure out what the best thing to do is in the long term. We want to stay in the UK where I've been living since 1995. We've read it's easier to get married in the US and then apply for a spouse visa, then live here in the UK. We don't want to stay over in the US while that visa (waiting times up to one year at the moment) comes through. I don't earn even half of the 18.600 GBP required for the spouse visa, but my partner earns twice that from his job in the US. Can his income be taken into account? Then we could apply for the Indefinite Leave to Remain. Could he then work over here? Would that be jeopardised if we spent time out of the country? Is it better to get married in the UK, if you want to live in the UK? Once married, can I apply for US citizenship whilst staying in the UK? What would that involve? Also I am Irish and I have read that we could live in (Northern) Ireland for three years, then he could apply for Irish citizenship. In the long run would that be preferable, giving us more stability and flexibility? Lots of questions! What should we do? Thanks for your help!
We could get married in Ireland. I could try to find work there... How would that affect things? Also I am already booked to work in France in May and October.. but it is only for 2 weeks. My partner would not be able to work in an EEA country, as he has no visa, and works for a US company.
As a couple, around 30,000 GBP in total, mostly in my UK account.