Post # 1
SO and I have decided to get married in the next few years, and practical benefits may impact how soon we decide to do it.
I’ve tried unsuccessfully to get information on this online… What are the financial / tax / other benefits of being married? We currently live in Canada but are planning to move to the US in a few years. He will be a student for a while (funded PhD) and I’ll be working and/or studying during that time.
Also, are there benefits to getting a Green Card vs a student/work visa? I’m a US citizen which would make it easy for him to get a green card.
I know this is a broad question and answers vary for individual circumstances, I just want to get a sense of other people’s experience.
Thanks so much in advance!
Post # 3
A student/work visa means he is “stuck” having his immigration status dependent on his employer or maintains student status. A spousal visa means that he can work wherever he wants (or not work).
One big reason not to become a US citizen are the tax implications for high wage earners. If you plan to live abroad in the future you will be on the hook for filing taxes in the US, even if you don’t live there.
Post # 4
ExH is a Canadian, and we were married in the USA. One huge benefit of the greencard he eventually obtained was (is) that it allowed him to work in any job without having to worry about whether the position conformed to his current visa or have to change visas. Also, it was less hassle at the border for going back and forth. That’s the very short version of our experience with it.
Post # 5
Oh and just to be clear – a green card does NOT confer citizenship. It just means he would be a permanent resident with almost all of the same rights as citizenship.