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

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Is Green card priority date based on place of birth or citizenship?

As an Indian citizen, just wondering if its faster that I move to Denmark, stay for 9 years and get Danish citizenship. From there move to US on H1B and convert to green card. This would be faster ...
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Relinquishing Green card at CA/Mexico border

I need to relinquish my green card urgently as my family needs to relocate back to Europe shortly. I'm planning to fly to the CA/Mexico border in order to relinquish the Green Card and end my US ...
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What can be done when a country doesn't have Birth Certificates?

I asked this earlier: How to help my mother in law migrate - no lawyer wanted! Thanks to many it has led me to at least print the form and understand the requirements. It appears based on the USCIS ...
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How much US taxes do you have to pay after selling a foreign property if you are a US green card holder?

What portion of the sale of a property outside the US will you need to pay taxes on? Will you be paying taxes on the total sale price or only on the gain?
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What is the process to change your US name while on a green card?

Having arrived in the US (California state), and received a green card, I now face an obnoxious problem: my first name is neither pronounciable, nor memorable for Americans. This poses a serious ...
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Can a green card holder enter the US with a passport having less than 6 months remaining?

The title pretty much says it. In many cases I see things that say someone must have at least 6 months left on their passport to enter a country. In this case, I am interested in whether a permanent ...
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What is the process to get American green card and citizenship while on a H1B visa?

What process needs to be followed in order to acquire an American Green Card and subsequent citizenship if one is in the US on an H1B ?
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Is it safe to take a job offer in EU when green card would expire

I have a Green Card in USA and it is scheduled to expire in July this year and have been offered a 6-month contract role in Switzerland. Even though the company would need me to start within the next ...
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H1B Green Card (Permanent Residency) Process with Employer Change

Consider the situation: A person arrives to the US as an H1B holder Works for the employer that sponsored the visa for some time and employer does labor certification and other paperwork for US Green ...
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How long can I stay outside USA after having a Green Card

I went to USA 2 months ago with a Family Visa (F4 category), my aunt sponsored my dad, we lived with her. I got a permanent residence stamp (acting as a GC) at the time of entering USA. I have my ...
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Can a speeding citation/conviction prevent receiving a green card?

Can a conviction for a speeding offence have an adverse impact on GC application? The sentence carries a fine and a 4 points penalty.
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Time between Green Card and SSN?

My wife and I are preparing to the last stage of obtaining Green Cards (filing the adjustment of status). How long would my wife wait to get her SSN? (I have mine already.)
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Is it possible to “inherit” a green card?

If one of my divorced parents has been granted a green card but does not reside in the US (and has not resided there for longer than a few months), does that have any bearing on an application that I -...
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Spouse of US citizen green card application: adjust status or leave and apply for visa?

Suppose a US citizen is married to a foreigner. The foreigner has lived in the US with nonimmigrant G4 status for 18 years. They married four years ago. The foreign spouse, after retirement, will ...
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What shall one do after receiving a green card?

What shall one do after receiving a green card?
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Permanent Resident of the United States living abroad

Ok. Here is the semi hypothetical situation: US Permanent Resident married to a US citizen who works on a contract basis for the US military abroad. According to the USCIS: The permanent residency ...
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Is the USCIS number on a green card a sensitive piece of information?

Is the USCIS number (USCIS#) on a green card a sensitive piece of information? If so, why? I see that some people blurry it, e.g.:
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Diversity Visa Program GreenCard, should it cost?

I applied for a GreenCard lottery using a commerical on LinkedIn, which I thought was reliable. However, when I started searching for it today I can't seem to find it. It seems as though this was not ...
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Can the US still be entered after losing conditional permanent resident status?

My wife was granted a conditional permanent resident status (green card) in the US and we started the process for removing the conditional status while we were living in the States after being married ...
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How can I get a US Greencard through the Diversity Visa Program?

How can I win a resident visa through the Greencard Lottery? Should I go to a US Embassy or can I apply online?
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How long can I wait to move after obtaining a green card?

If I should get a green card in the lottery, how long can I stay in my home country before moving to the US, before the green card becomes invalid?
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Employer green card sponsorship after job termination

I've been told to leave the company yesterday. My question is regarding the Green Card application. I've been sponsored for EB1-B employment based category. In July/August 2017, my I-140 was approved (...
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Second K-1 Visa

Eight years ago, I requested a K-1 Visa for my fiancee and was approved. I married that woman and we remained married for seven years. We divorced in the middle of last year and she went back to her ...
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For how long and when in the green card application timeline does this travel blackout period exists?

I am in US on H1B visa and my green card application just became current. I haven't done anything after that (e.g. I still need to get vaccinations from USCIS approved doctor and my immigration ...
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US Immigration - Visa Retrogression

I recently attended an interview with USCIS for my 'green card' in the EB-3 category. Although my interview was 'successful', the USCIS officer advised me that he was not able to put my case ...
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How much longer can it take to get our green cards?

We used to live in Pakistan, while my aunt has been in the USA for 20+ years. My aunt sponsored my dad almost 10 years ago. Our case is of type brother or sister (F4). We got immigrant visas and we ...
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Are the green card lottery (Diversity Visa) results final when released in May?

For example, from the dvlottery website : DV-2018 Entrants may enter their confirmation information through the link below starting at noon (EDT) on May 2, 2017. The DV-2018 registration period ...
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Visa bans on Iranians according to new presidential executive order

I am a green card holder. My family and I migrated to USA with EB-5 program. Now I'm married and my wife is in Iran. We started the process of getting a green card for her and have been waiting for ...
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How complete must the translation be for documents showing evidence of a bona fide marriage?

I am a US citizen who has lived outside the US for many years and I am trying to obtain a green card for my wife, via form I-130 and the IR-1 visa. We have documents such as apartment contracts, bank ...
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Irish Green Card waiting time?

I'm living in a European, non-EU/EEA country, and have been working for a startup from the Republic of Ireland, through a contractor, for the last 6 months. They've just asked me to move to Ireland to ...
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Get a green card without living in the US?

I am aware of the diversity visa program, and though I am eligible to participate, it is, after all, a lottery... not a sure thing. I am looking for other options that are less of a gamble. I work ...
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Do I need to be employed at the moment of AOS interview for my employment-based EB1?

I just received a notice from USCIS for my employment-based EB1b green card interview, set for mid-April. I already left my previous job, and am currently unemployed, searching for another job. ...
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How to Reschedule Biometrics appointment for green card?

While I am still traveling in Europe I received I797 notice to appear for fingerprint appointment the next business day after the upcoming weekend. The letter says, if I don't show up, then my green ...
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How can I find out if I ever filed an I-485 (a step in the green card process)?

I am a Canadian citizen. Years ago, I was working in the US for a large company on an H1B visa, and the company strongly encouraged me to go through the Green Card process. Some steps were completed, ...
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Fulfilling J1-visa two-year residence, when you are no longer a citizen of “home country”

I received J1-visa and was marked as a subject to two-year home-country physical presence rule. At that time I was still a citizen of Kazakhstan. I moved to Europe (Czech Republic) immediately after ...
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How to help my mother in law migrate - no lawyer wanted!

I asked here: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/253625/site-to-ask-about-visas-immigration-asylum-seeking and was recommended to ask here on this site. Basically me and my wife are both US ...
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Green Card for Indian spouse

I am a 70 years US Citizen and my wife is a 65 years Indian Citizen. I frequently visit India. Can I petition I-130 for my wife -(along with G-325A for me and my wife) while I am in India and can ...
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Can a US greencard winner re-enter alone or can extend of family members visa enter time after 6 month is over?

As a greencard winner(diversity visa 2018) family father, all members got visas but 6 months time is over for my family members except me. Let me explain details. I bought fly tickets to all of us. I ...
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What is the point of removing the “Valid to Work Only with DHS Authorization” legend from the social security card after getting the green card?

I have read on many websites that after receiving the green card in the United States, it is advised/required to replace the social security card in order to remove the "Valid to Work Only with DHS ...
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What is my legal status in between K-1 visa and Permanent Resident (USA)?

I've been given my K-1 fiancé(e) visa and will be moving to the USA (Colorado) and marrying my fiancée this month. A K-1 lets me enter the US for 90 days, marry, apply for a GC, and then "remain in ...
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Citizen sibling and parents with Green Card. How long?

My sibling has US citizenship and my parents just got their green cards. I'm over 21 and from a small country in eastern Europe currently residing in the US on a student visa. If my sibling and ...
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Should a potential green card applicant change their name before starting the green card process?

My wife is a Brazilian citizen (I am a US citizen), and we wanted to begin the process of applying for a green card for permanent residency in the US. Right now, she is an F-1 student visa with 1-year ...
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With a K1 visa waiting for the green card, can I go back to Germany and work there until I am allowed to work in the US?

Is it possible to work outside of the US on a K1 fiance Visa until you are allowed to work (receive I-765) in the United States? Or do I have to stay in the United states for that time?
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Actual wait time for interview on immediate relative sponsorship

My wife (US Citizen) applied for my permanent residence (change of status) on July 13, 2015. We submitted i-130 and i-485 to the USCIS at the same time. I had my biometrics fingerprint taken 2 months ...
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Should (or can) I submit my academic degrees while applying for permanent residence in the US?

I am on a fiance visa in USA and I have married a US citizen. Now I want to apply for permanent residence. Since I hope to apply for a job in technical field later on in the US, should (or can) I ...
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Marriage green card at end of current visa with 2 Year residency requirement waiver in-process, question

So I was just married, but my J1 Visa is ending in a few days. I know I have 30 days afterwards that I am allowed to take, to leave. Given the following additional information, which is the best ...
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Do I need to apply for new green card or can I use the old one if I've been out of the country for 5 years?

My daughter got her green card in 2012. She left USA in 2013 and did not go back. Now she applied and got her visa. I want to know if she has to apply again for green card and social security or the ...
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Will applying a US diversity lottery (Green Card) program affect my future visa requests?

Will applying a US diversity lottery (Green Card) program affect my future visa requests, especially if I am going to apply for a J1 internship visa next year? I am going to apply for green card but ...
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Can I keep my green card if I study abroad for a PhD?

I'm a 30+-year-old engineer. I have been living in the US for 2 years and just got a green card (my employer is really nice). I'm thinking of doing a PhD (a lifelong checkbox) and I started to apply ...
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US citizen: should my Filipina wife give birth abroad (in the Philippines) or in the US?

I am a US citizen but I live abroad as a permanent resident in the Philippines. I've been married to a Filipina since early 2016. We've decided to move back to the US since my income in the ...