Prince Harry likely to be given diplomatic status in the United States to help him get a green card easily, expert claims
The Duke of Sussex is likely to be given diplomatic status in the United States to help him get a green card easily, an expert has claimed.
Matteo Carrera, an immigration law researcher for Cardozo Law School in New York, said settling Prince Harry’s visa situation would not be difficult.
Given his wealth and status he would probably be classified as a British diplomat, entering the US on an A1 Visa.
Mr Carrera said: “With this he would have been able to enter the US and then adjust his status to a green card.”
Someone, somewhere, has got terribly confused here. Or isn’t all that expert.
Diplomatic visas don’t aid in gaining settled status. Everyone’s quite clear about that. As someone who has had a diplo visa for the US they were very clear about it to me too.
Secondly, on an A1, he can’t work. Which would be something of a constraint really, as that’s why he’s there.
Thirdly, he’s married to an American citizen which gives him the route to a green card he needs.
According to the US state department A1 visas are for diplomats and government officials. If he was not given an A1 visa the Duke could have entered the US on a simple tourist visa, and then apply for a green card, allowing him to become a permanent resident and work….
And they’re really not keen on you changing visa status while in the country. And they really, really, don’t like you entering on a tourist visa (for Brits, usually tourist visa waiver scheme) and then trying to change status.
Now admittedly, I’m not an expert on American visas, just someone with an intimate knowledge of the little bits that have applied to me. But this really doesn’t sound like someone expert to me.