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US Citizen working remotely for Canadian company can I live in the US

I am a US citizen and I will be working for a company in Canada (Toronto) as a software engineer. The company does not have any physical presence in the US, but I will be allowed to work remotely. Am ...
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Can I monetize my YouTube channel on a F1 Visa in the US and get paid in India?

I have a YouTube channel and hired a content creator, who is in India, for all of my videos. I won't be earning money in a US bank account. My AdSense account will have details of my Indian bank. Isn'...
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J1 Visa: Am I allowed to make money in a foreign country?

I am an Indian citizen, currently in my third year of J-1 visa working full-time here in the US. One of the European university labs that I collaborate with proposed to me that it would like to pay me ...
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Having accepted US ID as a lawful J1 with expired visa

My wife and I are non-US citizens on J-visa. We are on our lawful third year, but visa stamp expired on 1st year and we didn't renewed. Currently we can't even renew visa because of COVID-19 ...
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DV1 Visa entry to USA

Can I enter USA with DV1 visa? I live in Macedonia and I have the DV1 visa but I am not sure if I can enter USA or not?
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Travel to Germany as a minor (dual US/German citizen) [closed]

I am 13. I have an arranged place to stay in Germany for 1 year. I know german pretty well and intend to go to school there. I have US as well as German passports. What paperwork do I need to fill out?...
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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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Is receiving food aid boxes with Trump's letters considered public benefit defined by USCIS?

https://www.uscis.gov/news/public-charge-fact-sheet defines public charge: Background Applicability and Exemptions The final rule applies to two types of applicants: Applicants for admission or ...
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Is receiving food from Salvation Army's food pantry considered public benefit defined by USCIS?

https://www.uscis.gov/news/public-charge-fact-sheet defines public charge: Background Applicability and Exemptions The final rule applies to two types of applicants: Applicants for admission or ...
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Will we obtain a full validity US passport if we are rectifying a typo at US embassy / consulates?

We (parents) are Indian citizens with soon to be born US citizen twins. We intend to relocate back to India with newly born twins. Our last name is often misspelled due to a similar last name. If we ...
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Confusion on the “5-month” Rule for I20

On the official government site, it is stated that a student's SEVIS record will be terminated if he/she "spent more than five months outside of the United States during an absence from school&...
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Consequences of informing bank about leaving country

I left USA in 2019, but did not inform Bank of America about this. I am currently in Canada, continue to operate my BoA account for payments, and have substantial balance in the bank account in US. I ...
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Can I file STEM extension on my 1st masters?

I did two masters degrees which both are in STEM courses. After the first masters was completed, I started my second masters and after completion of second masters I obtained OPT ON Basis of second ...
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To maintain US permanent resident status, is it always *sufficient* to be in the US for more than 6 out of every 12 months?

Permanent residents are often advised to ensure that they're spending a majority of their time actually in the US, meaning more than 6 months out of every 12 month period, and while longer absences ...
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Can a Syrian refugee from the UK who has indefinite leave to remain apply for US visa if he marries a US citizen?

I'm an an American citizen. My fiancé lives in England and is a refugee from Syria. He has his indefinite leave to remain in the UK. He has lived there 6+ years. We want to be married next year. I am ...
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How can I help my uncle with a developmental disability to move to the US from Mexico?

My eldest uncle died earlier this summer, but he often cared for my younger uncle, who is unable to take care of himself. Our family got together to help come up with a plan. Because of the COVID ...
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Does J1 Visa Transfer require physical presence in the US?

I am a visitor in the US on a J1 visa. I want to transfer my Visa from Institution A to Institution B. Do I need to be physically present in the US so that this transfer can happen? Suppose I leave ...
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Can I apply for an EB-4 religious worker visa right after getting an R1 visa?

I completed 2 years of working in November, I got the R1 in October. There is a stipulation that the person needs to have at least 2 years of experience before filing EB4. My query is, can I file ...
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Immigration medical records/history

My sponsor company for a US work visa has asked me to obtain my medical records in preparation for a future medical examination at the US embassy. Listed is an incident involving needing PEP after a ...
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Can you obtain OCI for minor US born child if you do not have a valid H1B visa stamped on passport?

To apply OCI for minor born in USA, using VFS San Francisco - ( not CKGS ). The document requirement clearly states under passport section "In case of a Minor, parents are requested to provide a ...
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How to know ahead of time the price of a call via Google Voice from the US to France for a `+338` number?

I live in the US and sometimes have to call French phone numbers. Numbers starting with +331 or +339 are landlines, but I'm facing issues with +338 numbers: How can I know ahead of time the price of a ...
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What options exist to take care of minor children when out of boarding schools?

Assuming, we reside out of US and our child is a US citizen by birth. We wish to send our child to US boarding school at age of 16 for 11th and 12th grade. Then we wish our child pursues undergraduate ...
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J1 waiver grace period [closed]

I came to US on a J1 visa (from Jan 1st to Dec 31st, 2020). It got extended until December 31, 2021. However, I want to apply for a waiver so that I can participate in the 2021 visa lottary. I was ...
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Back-to-back student visas for different countries (first Canada, then Australia, then US/UK)

I have a rather complicated question and would appreciate any help. (I will bolden the important and relevant parts to make it easier to follow.) I'm an international student currently studying at a ...
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Can you get a US work visa if you have been convicted of hacking?

I did some hacking (for a good cause) a while ago and was convicted of it. I'm kind of sick of this country now and I wonder what my chances are of getting a work visa in the U.S.A? The misdemeanor ...
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How did non-US citizens with old birth certificate for minor US child renew passports after 2011?

In April 2011, only birth certificates with both parents name were accepted for passport applications. How would non-US citizens living out of US, renew passport of the minor US child, if they did not ...
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Can a 14-year-old US citizen living abroad with non-US citizen parents come to US for high school study if both parents have no objection?

Can a 14-year-old US citizen living abroad with non-US citizen parents come to US for high school study if both parents have no objection (and no US visa to accompany the child to the US)? Parents ...
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N-400 question about “being a member of The Communist Party” and association with the Democratic Socialists of America

There is a question on the US N-400 Application for Naturalization form that asks: 10. Have you EVER been a member of, or in any way associated (either directly or indirectly) with: A. The Communist ...
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How does the USA evaluates “EB-1 visa” specially for the students who work in a big collaboration?

I'm a Ph.D. student in Physics and an F1 student from Srilanka. I'm working in a big collaboration (70~80 people and they are from different universities) where we expect to have our first publication ...
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The visa officer at US embassy said my visa is approved but when I check the status, it is saying refused

I have applied for an F1 visa. After being interviewed by the visa officer, they said my visa is approved and gave me a blue leaflet. They didn't say anything about administrative processing. Here is ...
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How much time from H1B approval to US entry?

Once H1B has been approved, an interview at a US embassy is required. Which steps are involved from the moment an employer notifies about the approval of H1B and the entrance in the US? (for example, ...
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Live and work in USA but need to move back to Aus - any insight from others regarding continuing employment? (Dual USA/AUS citizenship)

So here's my situation: I currently live and work in the USA, but I've been working remotely since march and recently told my employer I need to move back to Aus, and that I was hoping I could keep ...
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Consequenses of DV lottery visa if being rejected on later phase?

If I applied for DV lottery visa and then got selected at first phase but got rejected in later phase like interview or similar(after fillling DS- 260 immigration form). Then will it affect my chances ...
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Filing for AOS when on B2 extension

I am in the following situation which, I think, if I explain chronologically, it will make sense: My parents came to the United States on a B2 visa on January 1st with the intent to go back around ...
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How to request refund of fees from USCIS due to USCIS mistake?

I had to file a form (I-824 for 465$) which was required entirely due to a mistake by USCIS. Since I would not have needed to file the form without USCIS mistake, I would like to request a refund for ...
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Traveling internationally (outside US) during pending J1 transfer

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, I am currently outside of the US, but still work for my US institution. I find conflicting information regarding the possibility to do a J1-transfer, while being outside ...
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Can one indicate more than one purpose of trip when completing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document when applying for a reentry permit?

Can one indicate more than one purpose of trip when completing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (mirror) when applying for a reentry permit? (e.g., work + medical reason + vacation) I don't ...
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Have been deported from the US and trying to get visa for Canada. The consequences?

I was deported from the US in 2015 for 'F-1' student visa violation. I worked outside without a work permit. Point: They didn’t catch me from any working place. For some reason I was called into ...
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Can I travel to Canada/Mexico to when awaiting B2 extension results?

My parents arrived in the USA for 3 months initially, but because of COVID they had to file for an extension for their B-2 stay. They filed for the extension in April and they are waiting on USCIS to ...
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India and US tax agreement?

India taxes non-residents on income earned from within India. Imagine some Indian in the US, if they have an India-sourced income, will it be taxed twice (in the US and India)? Is there any tax ...
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Is there anything I can do to make money while in US without work permit?

I have a US L-2 visa, which allows me to stay in the US and makes me eligible to work provided I have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Due to USCIS taking excessively long to process EAD ...
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Greencard application: Translation of Civil Documents: How?

I have successfully filled out my DS-260 and now I have to upload a bunch of "Civil Documents". Some of them are in my native language (German), such as: Birth Certificate Military Records ...
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Greencard application: Civil Documents: Photographs

After submitting my DS-260 with the NVC, I have to upload "Civil Documents". One of the requested items is PHOTOGRAPHS. I assume I have to upload a portrait of myself? Is there any exact ...
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Working for a US-based company in Canada as an American citizen

My SO and I are contemplating moving to Toronto soon (within the next year or two) and I was curious as to what the process/restrictions/tax liability would be for us. I am currently a software ...
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The mathematics of US visa bulletin

I want to know how actually the visa-allocation process works in the US. I had asked a question for this where I got perfect answers but now I am having another related doubt so I am posting a new ...
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What makes US immigrant visa processing times different?

What makes US immigrant visa processing times different? Just select "Petition for Alien relative" I-130 here and you will see a variety of ranges for different categories. What makes them ...
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How much processing time for non-Chinese EB5 Investors?

This page mentions that the Processing time for Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor (I-526) at Immigrant Investor Program Office is: (1) 54 Months to 75 Months for China - mainland born investors (2) ...
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UK US tax treaty J1 visa Article 20: Do researchers count as “professors or teachers”?

I'm in the US doing research, and from the UK. I'd like to claim the UK-US tax exemption. I think that I am eligble, as my role is completely research based. However my HR department isn't sure as I'm ...
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J-2 visa renewal

Im a J-2 visa holder and Indian citizen. My husband is canadian and J-1 holder. Both our DS-2019 are valid. But visas expired. I had to travel to canada recently and now im here. In order to reenter ...
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US Visa Bulletin: What about other countries?

The US issues a visa bulletin every month (this month's bulletin) that gives information regarding whose priority date has become current and who shall wait approximately how much. You can see that ...

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