Green Cardby Debbie McGoldrick
- Extending your stay with a 90 day holiday waiver - is it possible?
- Renewing my Irish child’s US passport without getting her American Dad involved
- Having divorced my American wife can I get my new Irish girlfriend a visa?
- I-94 arrival and departure cards in United States will soon be obsolete
- Can I reclaim an old Green Card and move back to the US?
"My fiancée was born and raised in Belfast. She has an Irish and British passport. I am an American citizen. We would like to live and work in Europe for an extended period of time after we marry next year. What’s the best way for us – or rather me – to do that? We want to start in London and perhaps stay there for a long time, we’re not sure. Can I get an Irish passport? Would it be of any use in London, or do I have to get a British passport? Or do I need a passport at all?”
As the United Kingdom and Ireland are both members of the European Union, both issue passports that are valid for travel and work throughout the EU.
However, though your fiancée has both British and Irish passports, the process for obtaining either one for you is going to take several years. That doesn’t mean you have to wait that long to legally reside in the U.K. or Ireland; when you’re married, you and your wife will be able to apply for temporary legal residence.