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Reentry permit application, purpose of the trip (part 4 of I-131)

The honest reason for why I would like to apply for the reentry permit as a US LPR (Part 4 in I-131) is reflected by the following: I do not intend to leave the US for extended periods of time. I ...
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Deportation from the US

I was deported from the US in 2017 at the Chicago POE after the immigration officer discovered I had obtained a B1/B2 visa to come work in the US for a short time. I wasn't banned but my visa was ...
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My mother’s monthly Norway pension stopped in 2020. We don’t know why

My parents moved from Norway to the USA in 1958. They eventually started collecting a monthly pension from Norway. My dad passed away in 2017, while my mom continued to receive the monthly pension. It ...
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USA: J1 Visa Interview shortly before or after official start date -- is the a problem?

I want to enter the US on a J1 visa - I am waiting for the DS-2019 form, and I am afraid it might arrive only very shortly before my J1 start date, so that I might have my interview only just before ...
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SEVIS fee repayment

I spent a month in July of last year in a summer program in the US under an F1 visa. I got accepted to do undergrad in a different institution this fall. Can I transfer my SEVIS ID and avoid repaying ...
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What are our options for avoiding the J1 2 Year Home Residency Requirement?

My wife is from Tunisia, and came to the US in 2021 on a J1 visa that was sponsored by the Dep of State through a Thomas Jefferson Scholarship. This exchange scholarship allowed her to be in the US ...
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J1 visa student left due to COVID

Good evening all! I’m looking for someone to help. I have been in USA (Colorado) on a J1 visa working as a student on placement from Ireland back in 2018. I started in June 2018 and was due to go back ...
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STEM competitions in Ivory Coast

I am an expat high-schooler currently based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. I am looking for recognized STEM competitions or programs (such as Science Olympiads) within my geographical region so that I can ...
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Recapturing H-1B Time

I have spent a good amount of time outside the US working for a US-based company from India on an H-1B. Can I recapture that time? Edit: I know that recapturing is possible for days spent outside the ...
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F1 Visa Queries

My post-completion OPT ended in mid-February 2020. Covid-19 happened, borders were closed initially. Ideally, then I could have departed in August when tickets were more affordable, but circumstances ...
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Working remotely for Germany while in the US

My girlfriend and I are both German. I've recently been to the US for an internship (3 months). She would have liked to come with me and work remotely for her German employer, but it was our ...
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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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Does previous refused entry into the US affect future visa applications?

I am married to a US citizen. I am currently in the process of applying for a Green Card as a spouse. I would like to visit my husband, and I understand I may not be admitted into the USA based on the ...
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What happens if my passport expires while I am in the US under H-1B?

My passport will soon expire, but my H-1B is valid until June and I expect to get my H-1B renewal approved in the next couple of weeks. What happens if I'm in the country while my passport expires, if ...
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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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Can I apply for an F1 visa while I am waiting for my H1B visa sponsorship?

I have a question about whether it is permissible to apply for an F1 visa while being sponsored for a cap-exempt H1B visa. I am a degree-holder who studied in the U.S. for 4 years on a F1 visa, ...
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How should I get rid of FNU in my F1- visa at this point, while I already spent an year of my studies with same visa?

I have FNU written in my F1- Visa and it is causing lots of troubles for me. It took more than 2 months to get my SSN and driver's license. To eliminate future complexities I need guidance about the ...
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Freelancing for a US Company from Germany: Tax and LLC Considerations

Hello Expatriates community, I'm seeking guidance on a somewhat intricate situation. I'm a German citizen, currently freelancing for a US-based company. I reside in Germany, where I'm also registered ...
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US J1 visa -- Received email to submit passport but status is still refused

I applied for US J1 visa some time ago. After the interview I was given a 221g form to submit some documents which I did. Now, I have received an email from the US embassy that my case has been ...
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Can't get the photos of my ex-wife and children while applying for DV lottery

I'm applying for the DV Lottery and can't get the photos of my ex-wife and children. Is there a way around this?
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Do I need my passport to go back to USA? I'm a citizen

I'm a citizen, born in TX, but my mom took me to Mexico and got me a birth certificate to live there. I was able to go back and foward right about high school, I came back to live in Mexico as a ...
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Chronic / Acute medical care on Visitor Visa (B2) in USA

my parent (66) needs urgent, medium term (several months) of care for prostate cancer. He lives abroad, but I would like to bring him to the states, California specifically. I have many questions on ...
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USA H-1B visa - Application is not updated for "No-show" update for dependents

I am an Indian citizen and have received an H-1B visa. I had a drop-off appointment at the US visa office Mumbai VAC on 28 August 2023. Appointment was for H4-Drop off for myself and for my dependents....
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I overstayed my US visa for over 5 years, it's been more than 10 years since I stayed, could I apply for green card or do I have to pay a forgiveness?

My daughter submitted the I-130 for me and my wife. We do not live in the USA, but when the green card application comes in, do we have to pay for a forgiveness for overstaying? It's been more than 10 ...
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Is this case qualified for religious asylum in US?

I was wondering if the following description qualifies for religious asylum in US. I didn't know about Christianity in China before moving to US, and the school education portraits it as something ...
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How are various reasons of asylum seeking in US compared, in terms of their likelihoods of success?

How are various reasons of asylum seeking (politics, religion, LGBTQ, ...) compared, in terms of their successful likelihoods for immigration to US? From China in particular, or if that is not ...
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Americans..please explain the job search process

I am a non-American living outside of the US. Several days ago I applied to a position in the US (I am really getting tired with my current job) On the day I submitted my application, I had an ...
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Travel for children (lawful permanent residents) after parent has become naturalized U.S. citizen (N-400)

Can children continue traveling on their foreign passport and permanent resident card, even after their parent has become a naturalized U.S. citizen (N-400)? It seems that children will also become U....
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Apply for naturalization (N-400) without affecting children

Is it possible for a parent to apply for naturalization in the U.S. (using form N-400), without making their children under 18 years old also citizens? For example, the parent might not want the ...
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Can credit card debts influence future USA H1B visa approval?

I had to leave the USA 6 months ago because I lost my job. I was on a J1 visa at that time. I have around 7-8 K$ in credit card debts with three different companies. I have been unable to pay them ...
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Please help me in counting the number of days I was outside de United States, to write the right answer on the N-400

Since I got my green card, I've traveled 3 times as follow: First trip Country: Chile Departure day from the US: 01/16/2019 (evening) Arriving back to the US: 04/15/2019 (morning) Second trip Country: ...
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US Social Security Card says "Valid for Work Only With INS Authorization"

I came to US in 2002 as an international student. I was issues a SSN card which said "Valid for Work Only With INS Authorization". Around 2009 or 2010 I became US citizen and received by US ...
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"Digital Nomad" in the United States?

Is it possible to stay in the United States as a digital nomad? Essentially, I'm a non-citizen and I don't have a green card. My work is fully remote, and I'm getting paid within my citizenship ...
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Applying for UK visa while US visa in queue for 221(g) Administrative Processing - Too risky?

I interviewed for a B1/B2 US visa back in June, and was issued a 221(g) form in seconds. Judging from the experiences of hundreds of others in the same situation, I will have to wait for them to ...
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Visa for USA for short-term visiting PhD student

I am a PhD student in Spain and I plan to spend 6 months in the US to work on a research project (non-degree seeking student, not paid by the hosting institution, research stay not required by my ...
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As a greencard holder, is it okay to have international trip every 3 month, each approximately 1 week? [duplicate]

I have a significant other leaving abroad and I want to visit them every 3 or 4 months. Currently, I am a permanent resident. Is it okay if I travel abroad every 3 or 4 months and stay outside of the ...
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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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As a Green Card holder, is it okay to have international trip every 3 month, each approximately 1 week? [duplicate]

I have a significant other living abroad and I want to visit them every 3 or 4 months. Currently, I am a permanent resident. Is it okay if I travel abroad every 3 or 4 months and stay outside of the ...
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OPT ended Feb 2020. Left USA in September 2020 after 150 days of SEVIS completed due to covid restrictions and expensive flight

I found that From 2020, international students do not begin accruing unlawful presence until an immigration judge finds a status violation in an immigration proceeding, or an immigration officer finds ...
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Did I overstay in 2020? [duplicate]

OPT (Optional Practical Training) ended Feb 2020. Left USA in September 2020 after 150 days of SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) completed due to covid restrictions and expensive ...
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Vacation for 2 weeks out of the USA before applying for N-400, can I still submit the N-400 , or do I have to wait?

If I go out of USA for 2 weeks before applying for N-400, can I still submit the N-400 application, or do I have to wait an additional 3 months before applying?
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how can I have a smoother process for USA -J1 and J2 visas?

I am in J1 category and presently in USA. Last month I tried my J2 dependents visa process, it was denied and issued 214b. The reason might be that I mentioned duration of stay in USA as 1 year but my ...
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Can homosexual immigrants settle in the United States?

I am a Gujarati from Pakistan, 24 years old and 6 months married. I am gay. My marriage was forced upon me. I am totally fed up with my life. I don't know what to do because Pakistan does not support ...
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Inheriting Assets from a Brokerage Firm in the U.S. to one working at an American University in Japan

**I am working at an American Private University in Japan and expect to inherit the assets now held by a relative at a Stock Company in the U.S. Can I transfer these assets to another brokerage firm ...
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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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Sending non-perishable foodstuffs from Germany to USA

I'd like to send a small package of various food items from Germany to Indiana, USA. Example items that I'd pick: Packet of M&Ms Chocolate bars (Ritter Sport or similar) Kinder chocolate eggs I ...
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Should I move to Seattle from Switzerland?

My employer wants me to move from Zürich, Switzerland to Seattle. I have two small children and I'm worried that the USA will be substantially less child friendly than Switzerland. Also, I will incur ...
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Can you legally work in Germany with an expired residence permit after travel?

It is my impression that it is legal to leave the Schengen zone Area (specifically Germany) with an expired work/residence permit, then almost immediately re-enter with a passport which grants 90-day ...
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German in the US importing his reliable car to Europe

I'm German living in Massachusetts, USA. I plan to stay here for 4 more years for work. I just bought a reliable new car Toyota Corolla LE 2023. I am a defensive driver who would do maybe 15k miles a ...
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Can H4 dependents travel first time to the US on previous employer visa stamping?

I got my H1B transferred to a new employer recently. My family is in India with H4 visa stamped with previous employer but never travelled to the US. Now, if they want to travel to the US, do they ...
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