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Meghan Markle may have to sponsor Prince Harry to live in US

Meghan Markle may have to sponsor Prince Harry so he can live and work in the US permanently, a top immigration attorney told Page Six.

As of Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer working royals and are officially embarking on their new “financially independent” life in Los Angeles.

While the Queen’s grandson, 35, would have been able to work while the couple was living in Canada for the past few months as it’s part of the Commonwealth, the rules are completely different in the States, a top New York immigration attorney said.

Harry has three options to get a green card: He can sponsor himself in the extraordinary ability category; Markle, 38, can sponsor him as a US citizen; or a US entity can sponsor him.

He would get a temporary work and travel permit after an initial approval like any regular applicant, as the process to get a green card can currently take more than a year. After three years on a green card, Harry would be eligible to become a US citizen. However, this means he would have to renounce his royal title as sixth in line to the throne, so that would be highly unlikely, the attorney said.

After their move to LA late last month, Harry could either be on a B1/B2 visa, which is a regular tourist visa, or possibly an A1 diplomatic visa, which are for government officials and diplomats. He can’t work on either of these visas, other than in a government or diplomatic capacity on an A1 visa.

However, following President Trump’s sour tweet this weekend in which he declared the US would refuse to pay for their multimillion-dollar security bill, an A1 may not last too long. Harry could also be on or apply for an O-1 visa should he have potential contracts here or as someone with extraordinary ability.

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The attorney said: “I would probably have Harry and Meghan’s nonprofit org sponsor him based on his history of high-profile philanthropy and public works and activism. If the org is not established in the US, they would need a US entity of the org as well.

“The org could also sponsor him for permanent residence under the EB1A extraordinary ability category as well, but currently things are faster and easier through spousal sponsorship.”

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