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L-1 vs. Spouse/Fiancée Immigration!

Post by a2mindy » Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:04 pm

Hi all -

I am a British citizen and I live and work in the UK. My fiancée is an American citizen and lives and works in the US. I want to join my fiancée in the US as soon as possible. I have three options on the table right now:

1. I have been working with a UK organization (a charity) for the last 5 years. We are in the process of growing our office in the US (a 501c3) and I could request an L-1 transfer visa (my organisation is keen that I support the development of our strategy in the US in a managerial capacity).
2. I can apply for a fiancée visa.
3. Or, we can get married and then I can apply for a spouse visa.

I would like to better understand the implications of choosing any one of these paths in terms of:

- Whether one is “quicker” or “easier” than the other
- Any implications on my longer term plans on staying in the US

I am grateful for any advice!