I am a UK citizen married to a US/UK dual citizen: we both live in the UK. It is possible my husband's career could take him to the US some time in the future. We'd like to understand:
- whether I could gain the right to work in the US
- whether I'd need a job offer to get it
- most importantly, whether we can start the process of my gaining the right to work now, in order to avoid long delays (perhaps while living in separate countries) in the future.
I found this page, which says:
If you want to bring your foreign spouse to the US, but you are currently living outside the US, you must submit a visa petition (form I-130) to either your local US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office or directly to the US Embassy where your foreign spouse resides.
So that suggests that I could at least gain the right to live in the US, but it's not clear whether I could work.
But it also says:
If you and your spouse are planning to remain outside the US indefinitely, it is not recommended that you apply for a Green Card.
We're not planning to remain outside the US indefinitely, but nor do we know - currently - when we might go.
Not sure if it's relevant, but I'm a software engineer so could almost certainly get a job offer if needed - but I would much rather start any job hunt with the right to work in the US!