Suppose Alice and Bob get married in country C. Alice is a citizen on the U.S. and Bob is a citizen of country C. Both of them live permanently in country C.
Suppose that Alice and Bob want to occasionally visit to the U.S. together without staying there permanently. What type of visa does Bob get? He is worried about the different options:
- A tourist visa application might be rejected because Bob is married to a U.S. citizen and it is hard to make the case that he doesn't intend to stay in the U.S.
- An application for an immigrant visa wouldn't make sense because Bob isn't intending to immigrate to the U.S.
- A K-3 visa is technically a non-immigrant visa, but it seems like in effect it is a visa to visit the U.S. while waiting for an immigrant visa application to finish processing, which has the same problem as the previous point.
- Even if Bob obtains a green card, he could lose it by staying outside the U.S. for more than a year.
Alice and Bob might want to immigrate to the U.S. at some point in the future (10 years, say) and don't want to do anything that would prevent that option.
Ideally, Alice and Bob would like the freedom to enter and leave the U.S. at any time and stay for as long or as short as they like, and as often or as rarely as they like.
What should Bob do?