Prince Harry Reportedly Won't Seek U.S. Citizenship or a Green Card While Living in L.A.

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From Town & Country

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Archie are currently residing in Los Angeles. For the latter two, this is an easy proposition, as both are U.S. citizens; for British-born Harry, however, it's more complicated.

The Duke of Sussex has a few options he could pursue, if he and his family are hoping to settle in America for the long haul. However, two paths he won't take, according to a new report in the Times, are permanent residency and citizenship—both of which he is eligible for, as a spouse of a U.S. citizen.

As a royal source told the publication, "the Duke has not made an application for dual citizenship and I don’t think he will apply for a green card at any point."

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Still, there are other ways through which Harry could legally live and work in the States. One possibility that's often floated is the O-1 visa—a path designed for "individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement." As Parisa Karaahmet, a partner at immigration law firm Fragomen, recently told Town & Country, "It is quite common for individuals to apply for O-1 classification if they can show that they rise to a very high level of accomplishment in their fields."

Harry would have to identify the field in which he's excelled—likely philanthropy, or something similar—and be sponsored by an organization that planned to work with him. "The drawback of the O-1 is it does have to be renewed periodically and it requires him to continue that relationship with that organization," Karaahmet said.

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