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Questions regarding a process of obtaining, rights and responsibilities of US Permanent Residents.

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Can a US green card applicant living in Canada apply for a US tourist visa?

I recently moved to Canada. I am not Canadian and not a Canadian Permanent Resident. My brother has petitioned a green card application for me 5 years ago. My application takes more than 12 years and ...
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Staying outside US with green card for 5 months in the year that I qualify for US citizenship

Since I got my green card I have never stayed outside of the US for more than 6 months and 60% of the year, in the last 4 years, I stayed in the US. This coming November, I can apply for US ...
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Comprehensive comparison: Applying for US Green card under EB1-A or EB1-B, when have both options

Can someone provide a comprehensive comparison of pros and cons of filing for US Green card under category EB1-A vs EB1-B assuming you have eligibility of filling under both the categories, i.e.,: ...
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Can I apply for a green card without my employer's help?

I am working in the United States on an H1B visa. My employer doesn't want to sponsor me for a green card. Is there any way I can apply for the green card by myself? Is there any such category? I have ...
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As a green card holder, is it okay to have an international trip every 3 months, each approximately 1 week?

I have a significant other living outside the US and I want to visit them every 3 or 4 months. Currently, I am a permanent resident of the US. Is it okay if I travel abroad every 3 or 4 months and ...
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Does name on green card need to be changed before applying for citizenship?

My wife has a green card and is trying to apply for US citizenship. Her green card lists her maiden name but she changed it after we got married. Does she need to get her green card changed before she ...
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If I abandon my Green Card, can I still claim Social Security?

We lived in the US (H-1B and then Green Card) for long enough that I've qualified for Social Security payments (40 quarters), but had moved back to Australia intending it to be a short trip, but have ...
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How do I know how many days I spent outside the USA in the past 5 years?

I travel outside the country for family and business, I would like to know how I can find out how long I stayed. I can't keep track on the passport stamps. Is there a website that can tell you how ...
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Inviting spouse to US as a green card holder

I am in a quite complicated situation, so please kindly advise me! I am an incoming PhD student at a US university as an F-1 visa holder. My mother has filed I-526 form during 2019, and my mother is ...
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Traveling on a TN visa after having an approved I-140

I am just wondering if it's risky to travel on a TN visa after having an approved I-140 (including traveling from and to the US for sake of renewal the TN visa itself). My employer wants to sponsor an ...
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Abandoning green card with I-407, what date does it effectively start?

A US green card holder can voluntarily abandon their permanent resident status in the US by mailing the form I-407 and the green card to the USCIS. Then, the USCIS sends the ex-holder a document to ...
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Length of time for naturalization after getting married while in possession of a green card

I was told that marrying an American would get you a green card sooner and that you can apply for naturalization in 3 years after getting the green card. However, with an employer green card, the ...
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Planning to remain after my visa expires. Can I re-enter the USA?

I am a British citizen with L-1B status in the USA. My visa expires Jan 31st 2023 and I am planning a trip to the UK over the holidays. When I re-enter the USA, I will have just 3 weeks remaining on ...
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Enter US on existing tourist Visa while I-130 is pending

My parents already have a tourist visa that was issues to them few years ago (which lasts for 10 years, good for multiple entries). They have used it to enter the USA few time during the last few ...
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Can I get a job offer in the US?

I live outside of the US and I study at a branch of American university in my country. The university has a platform to connect students and employers. Through this platform several employers text me ...
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How has your experience been with US based www.onlinevisas.com?

The onlinevisas.com claims to have software that will make tremendous applications and a high chance of success. I want to know if someone has encountered this company. I didn't find anything about ...
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Is it possible to change your name while applying for a Green Card in the US?

Is it possible to get a Green Card with a different name of your current name? Or change it as soon as getting the Green Card? I am on F-1 student visa in the US and want to apply for an EB-2/NIW/...
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DV lottery (Green Card) application without child photo

I've been divorced and remarried. I have a son from my previous marriage who lives with his mom, and two kids from the current one. I'm thinking of applying for DV lottery (green card). The ...
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US Green card entry

I am US green card holder. I was in US last year, 2021. I had applied for reentry permit in June 2021 (Form I-131, Application for Travel Document) that allows one to stay outside US for upto 2 years. ...
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How will the U.S. retrogression affect CSPA

I’m a U.S citizen, and in 2010, I applied for an F4 green card for my sister who is Iranian. It got approved in 2015. We were hoping that once my sister gets her interview, her daughter, my niece, ...
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How to counter a citizen who objects to my criticism of various aspects of USA politics?

I am a green card holder in the USA in a mathematics academic career. Recently, in a discussion, I criticized various aspects of the USA, especially its politics. A citizen rebutted with "If you ...
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When applying for an EB-2 NIW green card as a French citizen, can I somewhere in the process ask the USCIS to only use my 1st first name (+last name)?

French citizens may have more than one first name. When applying for an EB-2 NIW green card as a French citizen, can I somewhere in the process ask the USCIS to only use my first first name (+ my last ...
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Will the California DMV issue a REAL ID driver's license for six months if my green card expires in six months?

I am a permanent resident who recently moved to California from another state. I will be traveling on an airplane six months from now so I want to make sure I have a REAL ID card available. If I apply ...
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Must we show our prenup agreement to the immigration office/officer?

If two person want to get marry together, but also like to have a prenup agreement as well, and one of the guys is on a non-immigrant student(F-1) visa, should they also provide their prenup agreement ...
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How long does it take to get a Green Card if you win DV lottery while you are inside the USA?

If a student (F-1 visa holder) or his/her relative (F-2 visa holder) wins the DV lottery for a green card, while they are living inside the USA, how should they proceed with their application and how ...
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Can a Form I-485 applicant preemptively submit a new Form I-693 to the USCIS to avoid getting an RFE that would delay their Form I-485 approval?

When submitting Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status), one has to attach Form I-693 (Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record). Form I-693 expires ...
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Does concurrently filing for I-140 and I-485 speed up the green card obtention?

I wonder whether concurrently filing for I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker) and I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) speeds up the green card obtention, ...
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O-1 holder - Change employer with a pending I-485 without EAD approved

This is not a question I can ask my company’s immigration attorneys because of perhaps obvious reasons, so I am hoping some experts here could help me clarify. How does the portability rule apply for ...
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USA PERM Processing EB-2/EB-#/Other?

I did B.Sc. (IT) from India and have 10 years or working experience after that. My employer is filing USA Green card for me. However I have been told that since my graduation was only 3 years I'm not ...
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Do I have a chance of getting SB-1 approved having my mother severe illness as a reason? [duplicate]

I am a Pakistani citizen and I went to US in 2016 and stayed about 10 months in total and also got a Green Card that still has expiry date of 2023, and also have a US driver license. I stayed in US ...
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How can one apply for naturalization under INA 319(b) [8 USC 1430(b)] while residing abroad?

Consider a couple that qualifies for INA 319(b) [8 USC 1430(b)], which reads (b) Any person, (1) whose spouse is (A) a citizen of the United States, (B) in the employment of the Government of the ...
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Child born to LPR father, non-LPR mother abroad (in Mexico), mother died at birth

My friend's child was born in Mexico some days ago, childs' mother died at birth. Father is Green Card holder, Russian citizen; mother was just Russian citizen, never applied for LPR in US. The child ...
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Lawyer submitted my PERM for a location based position. But now they're telling me a new my PERM is necessary because I'm working remotely

After 14 months my PERM Labor certification got approved. Before getting my PERM approved, I've moved out from where company's office is located (NY) to work remote (from FL). Lawyer said it would not ...
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How to count number of days outside the USA

As a green card holder, one can't stay outside the country for more than 180 days. I'm trying to learn to count the days correctly. >= 180 Days: A risk of being considered as an abandoner. >= ...
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Does only marriage relationship cause a Green Card?

Do other types of relationship like partnership also make someone eligible for Green Card or it's just for legal marriage I am a F-1 student in the US and like to know which kind of relationships will ...
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Will I lose my green card after divorce?

I am a new F-1 student in the US. My classmate likes to get marry with me. I want to know if I marry with a US citizen or Green Card holder, will I get either a permanent or temporary/conditional ...
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Can a Canadian citizen, with a US Green Card, work remotely for his Canadian (private) employer, but reside permanently in the USA?

I'm wondering if my wife (a US citizen) and I (a Canadian citizen) and our two young children (both Canadian citizens) can move to the US to reside, while I keep my current job working for a Canadian ...
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How to bring spouse of green card holder into the US?

Context I am an Indian citizen living in the USA on an H1b visa. I filed my EB3 green card application 7 years ago, and have a priority date of August 2014. Last October, the date for filing of AOS ...
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May an F-2 visa holder marry inside the US with a US citizen/green card holder without ending the previous marriage?

If someone with F-2 visa status comes to the US, then wants to marry with a US citizen/green card holder, should he/she ends/gets divorce of his/her previous wife/husband even if their marriage ...
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Can I create a website with no-profit at the moment with the F-2 visa status?

Consider a person comes to the US with an F-2 visa status and has a plan to get his/her green card in the next year, but at the moment he/she likes to start a commercial website or mobile app but for ...
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By getting a combo card and using its given SSN, will I lose my previous status?

If someone with F-2 visa status who is inside the US, files I-485, I-765 and I-131 forms (after her spouse filed I-140) to get EAD/AP card also Social Security Number, if she uses only obtained SSN to ...
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Will my F-1 visa be expired when I apply for NIW-EB2 green card?

I am in the US with a F-1 visa status. If I apply for the NIW-EB-2 green card, will I lose my F-1 status? I am in the US and want to apply I-140 and I-485 forms concurrently. Edit: I also want to ...
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What will happen to a Green Card holder after getting a divorce?

If someone with a F-2 visa comes to the US with her F-1 spouse, then they apply for EB2-NIW green card (with the F-1 visa holder as the primary applicant and F-2 visa holder as his dependent), then ...
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Green card holder outside of USA for 5 years and 3 months

I'm a green card holder who lived in USA worked and paid tax for 3 years but I became sick (depression and mental problems) and for this reason I was hospitalized in USA for a month. Then I came back ...
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Drawbacks from applying and acquiring a green card

As a European currently in USA with a working visa, I have been recently offered assistance to file a green card through my employer. While I am happy living and working in USA for the time being, it ...
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Is it possible to directly apply for residence permit in Germany as non-EU holder of residence permit of another EU country?

I am from a non-EU country and currently stay in Germany at my family. From Portugal, I have a residence permit for the purpose of study according to §91 of Portugal Aliens Act. Recently I have ...
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Transfering H1B from academia to industry

I am currently renewing my H1B visa for another 3 years working for the University. Since I am finishing master's this time next year (at the same University), I am looking into finding a job in ...
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Consequence of withdrawing an approved I130

I've got my I130 approved by the London USCIS in 2019, but now mostly because of Covid, my wife and I have decided to settle in the UK. We're considering withdrawing the application, but we're ...
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Form I-944 or I-864 for a Derivative Applicant of a employment based Principal Applicant

I have approved I-140 and am planning to file I-485 for me and my wife. I know that I have to file I-944 as I am an Employment-Based Alien Worker. Could you please tell me whether I have to file I-944 ...
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Overstay in US and married to a US citizen

I came to the US in 2005. I finished school and worked as OPT. But after OPT I overstayed here until 2016. In 2014 I got married and divorced in 2015, I didn’t file the paperwork for immigration at ...
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