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Thank you in advance for considering to help me and others who may be in similar situations.

I'm a gay male, and I have a boyfriend who currently lives in the United Kingdom.  He's about a year off from a PhD, and once he completes it plans on moving over to live with me.

We'll be living in Pennsylvania - which recently legalized gay marriage, and from my understanding this would also open a path to allow him residence here as with DOMA struck down gay marriages would now be recognized federally as far as purposes of immigration.

I want things to be as smooth as possible for us with him immigrating to the US, and to have all my ducks in a row when the time comes for the move; we can marry as soon as the middle of this year even if the move doesn't happen until a year or so after.

What steps do we need to take - before marriage and after - to allow him to immigrate to the United States?

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Hi,

There are two choices: either marry in the U.K. and file a Form I-130 immigrant petition with the USCIS for your spouse, or your spouse can apply for a K1 fiance visa if you plan on marriage in the U.S. within 90 days of entry. Additional information is here: http://www.h1b1.com/practices/marriage-to-a-u-s-citizen/ and http://www.h1b1.com/practices/k-1-financ-e-visa/

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Ajay K. Arora

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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