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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. tTe 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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US family sponsorship queue query

I was discussing with one of my friends about the US family sponsorship for non-immediate relatives. There are per country caps which is no more than 7% per country. That means people from one country ...
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TN visa processing for USA

Am currently Canadian citizen working as an employee for a software company(registered in Canada). This software company makes inventory management software for businesses that sell cannabis(marijuana)...
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Form I-130 approved (Family Preference 4) What next?

My uncle (mother's brother) filed application (I-130 Form) for my mom, dad, brother and I in 2013 Dec. Now, in August 2020, we got the approval letter. I was 15 years old then and now I'm 22. My ...
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Where can I find information about when Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery for 2022 will start?

Where can I find information about when Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery for 2022 will start? When I open official site https://dvprogram.state.gov/ I can't find any information or notice when it ...
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When an employee of a US firm switches their status from US lawful permanent resident to US citizen, must they report the change to their US employer?

When an employee of a US enterprise switch their status from US lawful permanent resident to US citizen, must they report the change to their US employer?
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Can I stay in the US this way for 1 year?

I am a Canadian-South African dual citizen. My daughter is going to pursue a Master's degree in the US. But since it's her first trip abroad, I want to accompany her for the 2 years duration of the ...
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Can I change my F-2 Visa to entrepreneur visa?

My wife likes to go to US for her PhD degree. I have a programming company in our country that works around AI products. I want to know if we go to US, with F1 visa for her and F2 visa for me, can I ...
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USCIS Expedite Request and complaints/refund after USCIS made a mistake

While applying for marriage based greencard USCIS made a terrible mistake (see I-130 approved (I-797 received): Why do we have to file I-824 (and do we)?): While they approved I-130, they approved it ...
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Is renouncing one's US citizenship approx. equally administratively complex as renouncing one's US lawful permanent resident status (green card)?

Is renouncing one's US citizenship approximately equally administratively complex as renouncing one's US lawful permanent resident status (i.e., giving up one's green card)? If that matters (e.g., for ...
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Is it ok to indicate in good faith a very approximate departure date, expected length of trip and list of countries when applying for reentry permit?

Is it ok to indicate in good faith a very approximate date of departure, expected length of trip and list of countries when completing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (mirror) when ...
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How many times can I extend my parent's visitor visa stay?

I am facing a very critical decision regarding my parent's recent visit to the United States. My parents generally come and visit me every year. They stay here with me for 3-4 months and then leave to ...
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Is a US reentry permit useful for more than 1 entry into the US?

Is a US reentry permit useful for more than 1 entry into the US? E.g., if a US lawful permanent resident and French citizen applies for reentry permit (via Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (...
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Is there any downside in obtaining a US re-entry permit (via I131 Application for Travel Document) if eventually one doesn't stay outside the US much?

Is there any downside in obtaining a US re-entry permit (via Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (mirror)) if eventually one doesn't stay outside the United States much? The potential ...
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How many days does a month contain for the US customs and border protection when indicating “Out 5 months, 29 days.” upon reentry?

How many days does a month contain for the US customs and border protection when indicating "Out 5 months, 29 days." upon reentry on the passport of a US lawful permanent resident? Example ...
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Is obtaining a re-entry permit of any use to avoid disrupting one's continuity of residence for naturalization purpose when staying >6 months abroad?

Is obtaining a re-entry permit (via I-131, Application for Travel Document) of any use to avoid disrupting one's continuity of residence for US naturalization purpose when staying over 6 months ...
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US tax on foreign pensions?

My parents are government doctors and they are going to naturalize as US citizens soon (I am a US citizen and have plans to sponsor them soon, but in the long term, we have plans to live in Vietnam, ...
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Whose info should I write in the DS-260 “Sign and Submit” page?

My father has filled my DS-260 form and now we are stuck in the "Sign and Submit" page, where it asks for the case number and passport number. We have one case number of course, but which ...
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US tax for Expats, where no double taxation treaty exists (Vietnam)?

This page states that: If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are in the ...
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Short stay in France while remote working for a US company (French citizen)

Currently living in the US, I would like to travel to France for a maximum of 6 months and continue working remotely (French citizen with US L1 VISA). How should I declare taxes? Should I declare ...
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Petition for Adjustment of Status while extension of stay is still pending?

An elderly couple came to the US to visit their daughter on a visitor's visa toward the end of last year. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, they applied to extend their stay by six months. ...
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Do I have to take Green card and start residing in the US ASAP?

EDIT: This post previously had 2 questions but @DavidSupportsMonica gave an acceptable answer in the comments so I deleted the now solved question. I wanted to know whether: Suppose that someone's ...
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Do Americans need approval from the United States government in order to become Canadians?

A family member living in the states is considering a move to Canada. He has rights to apply for citizenship there in an expedited manner, since he is descended from a Canadian citizen. He has been to ...
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Can the USCIS approve that a stay between 6 and 12 months outside the US doesn't disrupt the residence continuity before staying over 6 months abroad?

Assume the individual is a US permanent resident. Staying outside the US between 6 and 12 months may disrupt the continuity of residence for naturalization. Is there any way to have the United States ...
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How to assemble the U.S. Green Card Application

I'm new to the law Stack Exchange. I'm writing with a question on filing and assembling a U.S. green card application for USCIS. My husband and I are filing an Adjustment of Status application (for ...
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CA Real ID Expiration Date

I recently applied for my DL and my California state ID card. I chose my California State ID card to be made Real. Also, my Cal State ID arrived before my DL. Both my Cal State ID and DL expire on 03/...
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Required duration of excursion from US so as to not forfeit Article 20 UK US tax treaty benefits

An answer would be great but pointers to information would also be greatly appreciated: I am a researcher from the UK, currently in the US on a J1 visa. Article 20 of the UK-US tax treaty gives me a 2 ...
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Different DOBs on passport and birth certificate: does that cause any problems?

I recently applied for the US DV Lottery (DV-2021). In the application process I wrote everything (including DOB) as written on my passport. But the problem is I have a different DOB written on my ...
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F1 Remote CPT Employment

So I had a summer co-op planned within the States. I filled out the paperwork etc. I went back to India on the government evacuation because I had surgery last year, and am at a very fragile part of ...
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Can a permanent resident file I-130 & I-485 for spouse concurrently if final action date is current and spouse lives in the US?

The Visa bulletin for July 2020 lists the final action date for the F2A category as current. Does that mean my permanent resident spouse and I can file the I-130 and I-485 forms concurrently? I have ...
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How am I supposed to count the days on the N400? Eg if I left the US at 3 PM PT and came back the next day at 4 PM PT, does that count as 1 or 2 days?

The N-400 Application for Naturalization Form (mirror) asks for the "total days" outside the United States, for each stay outside the United States: How am I supposed to count the days ...
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Dependent Dutch visa but working for US-based company

I'm in the process of obtaining a dependent visa in the Netherlands via my husband who is a current Dutch resident, EU citizen, and working for a Dutch based employer. I am a US citizen (no EU ...
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How many days does the 30-month presence requirement for the US naturalization (N-400 form) represent?

I read on the U.S. Naturalization Requirements Information (mirror): An applicant for naturalization must [...] show that [they] have been physically present in the United States for 30 months. How ...
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If a naturalization applicant has stayed in the US only for slightly over 30 months for the past 5 years, is it likely to derail their application?

If a naturalization applicant has stayed in the US only for 30 months + epsilon (e.g., a few days) over the past 5 years, is it likely to derail their application (assume all stays abroad were below 6 ...
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Should a US dual-citizen with no ties in the US submit form 2555 with “bona fide” or “physical presence” test?

Form 2555 can be submitted with either "Bona Fide Residence Test" or "Physical Presence Test". Which option should be chosen by a dual-citizen who never had any ties in the US?
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When does one become a permanent resident from the N-400 standpoint?

Looking at the N-400 Application for Naturalization Form, I read on https://www.uscis.gov/forms/uscis-early-filing-calculator (mirror): You may file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, 90 ...

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