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Planning to remain after my visa expires. Can I re-enter the USA?

I am a British citizen with L1-B 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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Does mentioning that I had two US tourist visa refusals is negative for my UK skilled worker visa application?

In September/2013 I applied for a US tourist visa because I was going to stay 16 months in Canada as a student, and I was 19 years old, had no job, no properties, nothing haha and in the US visa ...
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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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How much faster are Form I-485 forms processed when the applicant requested expedited processing through the USCIS Contact Center?

I read on https://www.boundless.com/immigration-resources/form-i-485-explained/: Premium processing is not available for Form I-485, but you may be able to request expedited processing through the ...
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Can the expiration date on a (US) visa stamp be corrected?

Recently I applied for a J-1 visa which was accepted. I'm going to the US to received training and then come back to my home country. The training is one year long. It's an internship. I'm going with ...
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Received an I-797C with no "Access Code"?

I recently received the I-797c's for my I-131, I-765, and I-485. None of these had access codes printed on them. When I go to link these into my wife's USCIS it asks for an access code. Where do I ...
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In which case(s) is a student with an F1 visa for less than 5 calendar years not a nonresident alien?

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/foreign-student-liability-for-social-security-and-medicare-taxes states: Foreign students temporarily present in the United States in F-1, J-1, ...
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Can B1B2 Visitor Visa Holder marry a person who has been waiting for her asylum interview in USA but already got her work permit and SSN

I am a Permanent Resident of Canada (Other Country Passport Holder) living in British Columbia, Canada. My girlfriend has been waiting for her asylum interview in USA (State: North Carolina) but she ...
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Green card limits on stay outside the US

Situation: The person is a green card holder and went to India was in India from Jan 21, 2022 to April 11, 2022 i.e. 80 days. The person wants to go to India again from Nov 14, 2022 to February 28th, ...
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What is best enterprise for IT Consultant in US?

I'm IT consultant graduated from French public engineering school, I work currently as Cloud Solutions Architect in Paris and plan to make my career in New Technologies (AI, Robotics, Cloud/DevOps, ......
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H1-B Visa transfer from company A to company B

I am from India and this is the first time I got the H1B visa stamped through Company A, But not traveled to US yet via H1-B visa (still in India) but my visa time period is still valid for next 2 ...
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US J-1 visa and financial documents

I am requesting a US J-1 visa as a exchange visitor for the time of 1 year. I have a fellowship in my home country that will pay me for the time I will be in the US. As part of the application, I am ...
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US/Chinese newlyweds living in China, hoping to visit family in the USA, and return to our life in China

I'm an American expat, graduated university and came to China to teach in 2016. I met my Chinese wife in late 2020 and we got married here in February 2022. Our goal is to go to West Virginia to visit ...
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French physical therapist working in the US?

My boyfriend is a licensed French physical therapist. We want to move to the US (California) but I can't seem to find out if he'd need to redo a degree or get some sort of equivalent in order to work. ...
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When concurrently filing an I-485 and I-130 does uscis.gov show an update?

I sent in my I-485 after e-filing an I-130 to take advantage of concurrent filing. Should I see my uscis.gov landing page updated to reflect this? If so, is there an estimation for how long it should ...
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Document submission after J1 visa interview

After my US J1 visa interview, I was given a 221g form and I was told to submit a few documents through an online link. I have submitted the documents, but I am in the dark about the further process. ...
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Can an F1 student apply for CPT (curricular practical training) with a pending I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status)?

The F1 student is in the US. I read conflicting answers. E.g., https://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/can-i-apply-for-a-cpt-application-with-pending-aos-2179596.html says yes and no.
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Studying Abroad for 4 Months and Driver's License Expires

I will be studying in Italy for 4 months and my driver's license will expire while I am there. Unable to renew before I left (too early) and my license will change because I am now 21. How do I ...
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What are the requirements to translate documents?

According to the website, If you submit any documents (copies or original documents, if requested) in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation along with a certification from ...
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I-765: most recent passport, vs passport used on last arrival?

When filling out the I-765, it says under, Information About Your Last Arrival in the United States There is a prompt for, 21.b. Passport Number of Your Most Recently Issued Passport Obviously ...
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Where can I view the statistics on N-400 case transfers between USCIS field offices?

N-400 applications may be transferred between USCIS field offices, e.g. if the applicant moved or if an USCIS field office decides to offload some of their N-400 applications to another USCIS field ...
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N-400 Application for US Naturalization: In the travel history, what counts as the "Date You Left the United States" when crossing the border by car?

When applying for U.S. citizenship, in the N-400 Application for Naturalization Form (mirror), in the travel history section, one has to indicate the "Date You Left the United States (mm/dd/yyyy)&...
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CAN/US citizen living in US, working for a Canadian company

I am a Canadian/US dual citizen and recently moved to the US. I kept my existing job as it was a remote IT job. I am currently on payroll in Canada but would like to transition to paying taxes in the ...
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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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US visa type for international student offered CTO position

Background: I am from India. I came to the USA for my MS in computer science and am currently on an F1-student visa. I have a significant amount of work experience in one field. Situation: There is a ...
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Working in Germany for U.S Company with German subsidiary

I work for a U.S based company. It has a German subsidiary. I am asked to re-locate to Germany to help support the company. What are the possible work permit options? I am still employed and paid by ...
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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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What shall one do after becoming a US citizen?

In the spirit of What shall one do after receiving a green card?, I wonder: What shall one do after becoming a US citizen? One step is getting the US passport (not compulsory but useful in some cases ...
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Filing I-765 with I-485: do I pay the I-765 fee too?

According to the I-485 webpage for under "Special Instructions", Filing Forms I-765 and I-131 with Form I-485 If you submit Form I-485 and pay the required fee, you do not have to pay an ...
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What does the abbreviation EOIR stand for?

I see this line on the Form I-765 instructions If you have filed your Form I-485 with EOIR, you must submit proof that you are currently in immigration proceedings, that you have filed Form I-485 ...
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As my blog is centric to southeast Asian audience so it’s not available in other countries. Can I continue writing blogs in F1 visa?

I have a small blog where I post marketing, branding, and online business development related articles. It’s been like 2 years now into blogging after graduation. As the blog is concentric to mostly ...
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Can changing one's address within the same USCIS field office delay one's US naturalization application?

Assume a US naturalization applicant moves to a new address, which they indicate on an AR-11 form. The new address is attached to the same USCIS field office as the old address. Can this address ...
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Why does the estimated completion time until case decision differ between the USCIS public website and the USCIS applicant private account?

E.g., in one case, I see x months on https://my.uscis.gov/account/applicant and x+4 months on https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/, for the same USCIS field office, even though the naturalization ...
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Can I send two-sided copies to USCIS?

My tax returns are 80 pages long EACH when printed from TurboTax. I want to send three years. Can I print double-sided?
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Where do you physically mail the I-485 for concurrent filings?

The instructions on the webpage do not have the address for concurrent mailing https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/concurrent-filing-of-form-i-485 What address do I ...
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H-1B renewal: 240 days rule implications

I am puzzled about this extract from the USCIS H-1B information page. By law, the timely filing of an extension request automatically “locks in” the foreign national’s legal status and ability to ...
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What does the date exclusion for i-693 cover?

In the documentation for I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record it says, From Dec. 9, 2021, until Sept. 30, 2022, we are temporarily waiving the requirement that the civil ...
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After e-filing an I-130, is this all I need to concurrently file the I-145?

I previously filed an I-130 online. To file successfully an I-485, as of 2022-08-21, it seems like I need I-864ez: Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA (or some I-864 form) I-485 Fee, ...
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When concurrently filing, should in include a copy of documents previously filed?

I previously files online an I-130, and I-130a. Now I'm going to file concurrently the I-485 and necessary other documents. When I send these to the USCIS lockbox and include the receipt that I filed ...
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For the purposes of USCIS I-864, what proves you're a US Citizen?

The information on I-864ez: Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only) says, Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only) Proof that you are ...
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I-864EZ vs I-864: Any downside to filing the -EZ variant?

If an I-864EZ and I-864 are both applicable for your use-case, is there any reason not to use the I-864EZ? I've read the "Instructions for Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA",...
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Does an I-765 complicate employment under an H1-B, or provide any benefit?

I filed an I-130 "Petition for Alien Relative" for my wife. It's processing. If we file an I-485 "Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status" WITHOUT filing I-...
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If I filed my I-130 months ago but it's not yet processed is too late to concurrently file an I-485?

The I-485 can under certain circumstance be "concurrently filed" with an I-130 regardless of whether or not you filed the I-130 online. If the I-130 still has not been processed, currently ...
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When is an I-864 required when filing an I-485?

According to the "Checklist of Required Initial Evidence for Immediate Relatives and Family-Based Preference Form I-485 Applicants", and I-864 MAY be required, Form I-864, Affidavit of ...
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What is your status and what happens if you file an I-130 without an I-485?

I'm asking about these two forms, I-130 is a "Petition for Alien Relative" I-485 is a "Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status" These can be filed ...
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What requires an I-864, "Affidavit of Support"?

There form called an I-864 "Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA" But, what requires this affidavit? Is it needed when filing an I-130 or I-485? I see different mentions of ...
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Citizenship Application and Interstate travel and/or relocation: how does this count towards 3 month state residency requirement?

Fiancee moved here as a child and has had his green card for over 10 years. Due to abusive parents and not having been able to afford the filing fee until recently, he doesn't have citizenship. He has ...
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How does the consular officer decide whether to grant a 1-year or 5-year F1 visa to Chinese students?

I read on bu.edu/isso: The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has issued guidance to consular officers in China that could result in shorter visas for a small number of Chinese students beginning June ...
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Filing form I-485 and I-864 online

I just submitted form I-130 and I-130a online petitioning for my wife. I want to know if I should submit form I-485 concurrently on my USCIS account, or should it be my wifes account? As well as ...
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Can a US citizen who's never lived in US vote in US?

Suppose a person is born outside the US to US citizen parent(s) and meets all the requirements to be a US citizen. The person fulfills all the requirements, such as filing US tax returns and ...

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