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Hi there, My situation is a complex one, or at least it seems that way at the moment. I am a British Citizen, was born and England and i am still living and working here. Almost 7 years ago i had a son with my American girlfriend, who was born in the US. My son will be 7 in July and he and his mother (Who is American) want to come and be with me in the UK on a permanent basis. His mother was married and is now separated, but has to wait 12 months due to Maryland law, before she can get divorced. We have always been best friends and due to the fact that we were so young when we had our son we decided it was too difficult to persue our relationship. We really want to be together as a family and would like to be married in the future and live here in the UK. Ideally she is wanting to come out here as soon as possible, hopefully June time, and i am trying to understand if it will be possible and what we need to do to make it happen. I am wondering whether she would be eligible to apply for a family settlement visa to be able to live with me for longer than the 6 months tourist visa. Or does the fact the we are not married mean that we are not technically family? Even though we have a child together? Ideally she would like to work while she is here. I myself meet the income requirements to be able to support them. The family settlement option seems to allow her to be able to work. The other option i looked at was the unmarried partner visa ... but you have to show that your previous relationship has ended (does separation count or would the divorce have to be finalised?). The problem with this visa is that it doesn't look like she could work. The other area i need help with, is the issue of dual citizenship for our son. He was born in the US but i know he can apply for dual citizenship. Is it easy to get this for him or is it complicated and expensive? If he was granted dual citizenship would he be able to attend public schools or would he still need to attend a private school? Any guidance you can give on whether this is even possible or how we might go about it would be a great help. There is so much online and people usually will only help for a large sum of money. Really hope to hear back soon ..... cheers