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US OPT extension and H1B Visa

If I finish a 1Y course in the USA that offers 1 year OPT extension. After OPT extension is finished I have to vacate the USA or if I have found the job and the company that I am working with can help ...
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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. 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 and ...
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J1 waiver grace period

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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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 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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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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F4 category dependent

I petitioned for my brother and his family in F4 category. I-130 was submitted on September 25, 2009 and was approved on 10/16/2009 after only couple of weeks. My nephew turns 21 in 2021 and PD will ...
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Can a US expatriate who has not filed taxes in the US return to the US for a visit?

Here's the story... My family emigrated from the US to Canada when I was an infant and my older sister was about 4 years old. Nobody renounced US citizenship but we did become naturalized Canadian ...
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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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L2 visa, work remotely for UK company while waiting for EAD

I’m moving to America from the UK with my wife who has an L1 visa. I have an L2 as her spouse and will be applying for an EAD (work permit) to work in the USA. While we wait for the EAD to come ...
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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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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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Changing schools on short term F1

I am visiting states on F1 for a short term course of four weeks. My F1 is valid only for 4 weeks for the duration of the course. After the completion of my course, am thinking to join a Masters ...
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Can I change employer while H-1B petition is pending? I am currently in the US on F1?

I am currently on f1 Visa and graduating in May. My H1b with consular processing has been applied by my future employer. Now I have a very good offer from another employer. Can I change the ...
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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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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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Are non-US citizens studying in the US with an F1 visa allowed to sign a statement of work with no payment but only gives them access to some account?

Are non-US citizens studying in the US with an F1 visa allowed to sign a statement of work with some US-based company with no fee/payment attached but only gives them access to the company's account ...
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Why does birth-tourism tend to target the US more than it does Canada? [closed]

Birth-tourism is an act of travelling to another country to give birth there in order for your newborn child to become a citizen of that country. This is a consequence of something called "jus soli". ...
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Does derivation of US citizenship through parents' naturalization cause loss of German citizenship?

This question is about eligibility for German/US dual citizenship when a minor acquires US citizenship at the time that his parents naturalize. Suppose a child is born outside of the United States to ...
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Place of principal residence when J1

I am a French citizen, and have been on a J1 visa in the USA for a year-and-a-half, and will become a "resident alien" the 2nd of July 2017. I will switch to a H1B visa soon, and need to fill a DS160 ...
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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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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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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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Am I a New Jersey resident for tax purposes?

For the tax year 2016, am I considered a New Jersey resident? The answer is in this official document but one point in there is not clear to me. I am a French citizen who has lived in NJ since ...
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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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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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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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How to calculate F4 age limit

My uncle filed for the F4 visa in 2004. The priority date is October 4th, 2004. At the time of the filing and priority date I was 9 years old (born on the 23rd of September 1994). I don't know the ...
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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 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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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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Medicare Plan B penalty for late enrolment

I have dual citizenship for the UK and US and have full insurance coverage with the NHS in the UK and also have Medicare plan A. I have pensions in both countries. I will be moving back to the US ...
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Staying outside the US between 6 and 12 months while keeping US employment & US home: will it disrupt the continuity of residence for naturalization?

I read on 8 C.F.R. 316.5(c)(1)(i), echoed by https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-12-part-d-chapter-3: (c) Disruption of continuity of residence - (1) Absence from the United States - (i) For ...
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How to calculate 180 days for Green Cards holders for being abroad? Will departure and arrival days considered or not?

I am a Green Card holder, I have travelled outside the States on January 3rd, 2020 @ 4:00 PM Houston time. I want to arrive to the State on July 1st, 2020 @ 8:00 PM. will I be within the 180 days or ...
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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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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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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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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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