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Harry & Meghan: Royal Titles And U.S. Immigration Law


Harry has to think about the next immigration step. And that is to get a green card.

Magazine, Immigration, The Immigrant Experience, Above The Law By Tahmina Watson

I am not above the gossip columns for some light entertainment, especially when my Bing and Yahoo news feeds are littered with royal family photos of pretty faces and beautiful fashion. And it seems Harry and Meghan (aka the Sussexes) are always in the news. Most recently it’s been about Queen Elizabeth taking away Harry’s titles and stripping the couple of the remaining duties that come with a life of public service.

It’s hard to know what to make of this royal dustup. But as a former UK barrister, now U.S. immigration attorney, I can’t help but think about Harry’s immigration prospects as a Brit living in the United States. While I have no particular insight into the couple’s lives (though I admit to wishing I were representing them!), I can speculate on Harry’s possible immigration paths.

The prince has been in the U.S. for over a year now, and no doubt the couple has considered his status. Someone visiting the U.S. from a country with visa reciprocity, which the United Kingdom has, can enter on what’s known as a visa-waiver. It’s commonly referred to as ESTA, which stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. But it only allows them to stay for 90 days. So clearly, he is not on an ESTA.

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