Marriage is one of the leading reasons Brits relocate to the United States, and there are a number of reasons as to why. For now, let’s take it as read that love and companionship are reasons that need no introduction. Instead, we’re going to take a look at some of the more superficial (okay, shallow) reasons to marry an American if you’re British.
1. You get to live in the United States
It’s the country that brought you your favorite films, music and fast food outlets. You’ve interacted with American tourists and/or university students in your own country and secretly—or perhaps openly—you’ve desired nothing more than to switch places with them, to live in the United States of America. Well, if you fall in love with, and subsequently marry, an American citizen, then such a transition is about to become a real possibility. Of course, even once you’ve tied the knot, there is still a mountain of paperwork to get through in order to become a resident. Thankfully, we have number two on this list.
2. Applying for a residency visa will be more straightforward
As I outlined in a previous article, the visa process can offer its fair share of surprises; however, if you are applying for residency through your marriage to an American citizen, the process is arguably more straightforward than one can expect to find through other channels. That is not to say it is a walk in the park, by any means. But aside from the fact that a legitimate marriage is somewhat easy to prove, you will have that other person—your spouse—to help you through the process.
3. If you can survive a long distance relationship, he or she must be worth it!
While I can honestly say that a long-distance relationship is not easy, the rewards of persevering through one should not be overlooked. Until one of you is ready to move to the other’s country of residence, there’s a good chance that you’ll be conducting your relationship either side of a 3,500-mile-wide ocean. If you find yourself in this position, and the two of you remain together afterward, your relationship will be all the stronger for it.
4. Being British, your in-laws are more likely to warm to you
We all know that meeting his or her parents for the first time can be a daunting prospect. You might say something that rubs them up the wrong way or you might accidentally knock a priceless vase off the mantelpiece (I assure you I’m not speaking from experience). Thankfully, if your other half’s parents are American, you might just have a get-out-of-jail-free card. This is because Americans—and I am generalizing with wild abandon here—love a British accent. Indeed, merely having the accent might constitute something of an ice-breaker.
5. Your friends back home will be impressed that you landed an American
And here is the most superficial reason of all. Just as having a British spouse is the source of bragging rights for an American citizen, the same is true in reverse. While we Brits might be less inclined to admit it, there is a certain novelty—a sense of occasion—attached to meeting an American in our homeland. We’ve seen them in the movies, now we get to meet one in the actual flesh. Simply having American friends can be enough to turn heads, but starting a relationship with one might just become—if only for a moment—the talking point of the town.
Are you married to an American, tell us your story! How did you meet?