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Questions regarding emigrating from, immigrating to and living in the United States of America

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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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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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Should I have multiple employers file H-1B petitions for me?

I have great offers from 2 distinct companies, A and B, in the United States. I recently became aware that it is perfectly legal for different, unrelated employers to each file an H-1B petition for me....
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How far in advance (before the start date) can I apply for a US J1/J2 visa?

How far in advance (before the start date) can I apply for a US J1/J2 visa? Can I apply for a US J1/J2 around 6 months ahead of the start date?
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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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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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If I've been offered a job in Seattle, USA what is the best way to approach bringing my girlfriend with me?

I'm a UK national and I've been offered a postdoc position in Seattle. I know I will have no problem getting a visa, but I also want my girlfriend (also a UK national and a marine biologist) to come ...
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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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Where can I report US immigration fraud?

A colleague of mine has confessed to me that he applied for asylum in the US with a fake story about persecution in his home country. His application is in the last stages of processing and I'm afraid ...
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Why does US immigration law require foreigners to avoid leaving the country at certain stages of their application?

If you apply for an H1B or a Green Card, there would be certain points in the application stage where the US government recommends you avoid leaving the country lest you're seen as "abandoning your ...
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Need help calculating grace period

I think I have accrued 1 day overstay on an F1 visa in the USA, beyond the 60-day grace period. Different online tools give different results. My 60-day grace period began on October 24th, 2017 (date ...
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J1 Visa - Do I need to file a US tax return?

From April 29th to October 20th 2017 I was present in the USA under a J1 visa as a researcher. During this time I received a monthly salary in the form of a grant. Based on Article 22(2) from the Tax ...
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How can I emigrate to the US without a college degree?

I'm 19, I have Italian citizenship and working in Germany as a web developer. My dream has been to move to the US since I was 12. I won't say much about why it's like that because it would be a long ...
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Can I apply for US student J-1 visa while staying in UK as a tourist, being a Russian national?

My friend from Russia is planning to visit me in United Kingdom as a tourist. But she also needs to apply for United States students visa J-1 to start her scientific collaboration in 2018 as a part ...
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Is a change from “J-1 Short-Term Scholar” to “J-1 Research Scholar” a “Change of Status”?

My question is as above: Is a change from "J-1 Short-Term Scholar" to "J-1 Research Scholar", both with the primary purpose of "Conducting Research", a "Change of Status"? Form I-539 makes me think "...
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Recapturing unused OPT time for use after another program

I did my Masters in Journalism and got OPT approved for one year. But did not work and left the country. Surrendered the opt after 8 weeks. I plan to do a STEM Masters. Will the 9.5 months of unused ...
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Legality of working online for a Canadian company as a Canadian citizen living in the US

I am a Canadian citizen living in the United States. I do not have a visa to work here, I am here on an H4 visa, which is the spouse visa for my husband's H4 work visa. I would like to be able to ...
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Canadian citizen employed in the US remotely?

I am a Canadian citizen and a Canadian resident. I am currently freelancing and my largest customer, a US public company, is interested in employing me instead of a contract relationship. Is there a ...
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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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J-1 2-year requirement waiver

Several years ago, I was sponsored to receive a J-1 visa via government funding. I was subsequently subject to the two year home residency requirement, so I went home for a few years satisfying that ...
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Expat moving out of the US filing tax return

I am a F-1 student living in the US, planning to move away from the country by the end of next year. As a student, I have a tax deduction per tax treaties for my income, and I want to claim this ...
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Signs of weak ties to your country of citizenship?

If you've been away from your home country for over 15 years, is that seen as weak ties to your home country when applying for an American student visa? I am a Taiwanese citizen and I'm now living in ...
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Can a F1 visa(expired) applicant apply for Canada visa from USA?

My F-1 student visa is already expired this year(June, 2018) and I am currently working on my OPT's STEM Extension work authorization, which expires by May 2019. My current employer has sponsored my H-...
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I’m in the US on a visitor visa. Can I now apply for a volunteer visa within the country?

I am a Canadian citizen who planned to stay four months traveling and surfing in the US. I am taking a one-year leave (sabbatical) from my full-time teaching position in Canada. I have met some ...
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Is reckless driving combined with open container a CIMT that can lead to deportation in the USA?

I am an F1 student in the USA and recently entered a guilty plea for reckless driving and open container. Is this combination considered a CIMT that can lead to deportation? This is my first and only ...
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H1B grace period and beginning new employment

Here is my condition right now, I was employed until I got laid off last week, so my 60-day grace period begun on May 30th, 2018. I, however, had a new job offer during the layoff and they are in the ...
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New passport + H1b approval + old passport with h1b visa stamp from previous employment

My case is like this: I have an H1B visa stamp from employer A in my OLD expired passport. The visa is valid until September 2019. I switched to employer B and applied for H1B again, using my NEW ...
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Why do some US banks not allow US citizens living in Ireland to open/maintain accounts?

Charles Schwab is closing my account because I inquired about changing my address to my Irish residence. I am not sure if the other bank accounts I have in the US have similar policies, but am afraid ...
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My father (US citizen) won't take reponsibility for me

My father is a US citizen, my mother is a Rwandese refugee. My father abandoned us. Where can I get help to oblige my father to take responsibility for me? I'm 12 years old and can't get school fees.
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Can Freelance Writers be authorized to work in the US?

I'm a freelance writer and was looking at applying to more companies. Some of them specify an authorisation to work in the US. I'm a legal resident of India. So what does this mean for me? I don't ...
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Best way to move $100k+ from France to US?

I'm planning a real estate purchase in the US and will need to move $100k+ from multiple accounts I own in France to the US. Can someone advise on the best way to do this to minimize fees and delays? ...
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Use previous yet still valid H-1B visa to enter the U.S. while my current H-1B visa application is in administrative processing

My previous H1B visa stamp is still valid but I applied for renewal in China recently. Unfortunately my application needs administrative processing, which may take a few weeks. So I borrowed my ...
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Can you keep a Bank of America account with no US address?

I recently moved permanently from the US to Germany, and I am a Swedish citizen. I got a US Virtual post mail address but Bank of America refused it automatically. Can I simply change my address to ...
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Does the FBI work with the RCMP to run criminal check on Canadians wishing to immigrate to the US

I am a Canadian applying for a green card. Does USCIS/FBI get to use my biometrics to ask canada to run a criminal check on me?
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Switching the Employer after I-140 approved

I am working in USA with H1B. My employer initiated my green card process and my I-140 is in progress. I am working at client location and my employer is vendor to current client. My Client shown ...
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buying car in USA with Canadian driver licence

If I live in USA now, but have a Canadian driver licence, can I buy and register car here or I need to register and get car insurance in Canada? I works in US by TN visa. I applied for SSN, but didn'...
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Am I entitled to benefit from the Egypt-US tax treaty?

I applied to the tax treaty between the US and Egypt under article 22 for the years 2012 and 2013. This is because I find the following conditions apply: I was a resident in Egypt before I came to ...
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Which addresses to use when filling out form I-130

I'm preparing the form I-130 to start the process of gaining US residency for my foreign-born wife. Lines B2 and C2 ask for my address and hers, respectively. Later, on lines C18 and C19 I'm also ...
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Emigrate to a foreign country with a remote US-based job

Background: I have received job offer from a US-based company and the entire work force is remote. I'm indian by nationality. The company doesn't mind where I work out of, as long as I'm available in ...
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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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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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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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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 are the benefits of US citizenship for someone living elsewhere?

If I have 3 passports (one from the US where I was born, one from the country where my family is from, and one from the country I currently live in). One of these non-US passports is that of an EU ...
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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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What type of evidence to prove continuous residence in the US for naturalization

Specifically, I am asking about the category "Your immediate family remained in the U.S." My brother and his wife remained in the US during the time I was absent. Note: I am a dependent on my brother. ...
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Interview for J-2 Visa issuance (USA)

I have a J-1 Visa for an exchange program in the USA. I'm a European Union Citizen. I have a girlfriend and we may plan to get married in the future. If that happens, she's going to apply for a J-2 ...
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what are the tax implications of surrendering a USA green card

I have been a legal permanent resident of the USA for over 30 years and now plan to live in Europe and surrender my green card. What are the tax implications of becoming a non-resident alien on ...
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UK IT professional looking to relocate to CT USA - any tips?

I am a UK citizen, and am an IT professional with approx 20 years experience in IT, I'm now a Systems Architect specialising in BI and Data. I would like to relocate to the CT/New England area in ...
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For the purposes of form 3299: DECLARATION OF FREE ENTRY OF UNACCOMPANIED ARTICLES, am I Emigrating to the US (on an L1 Visa?)

I'm moving the US on an L1 visa and currently trying to complete the paperwork to ship my personal effects over. I'm struggling to understand the correct answers for the following section of Form ...

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