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How to match EU income to US salary?

I'm a software engineer in Europe, and my firm is about to offer me a position in the US to bring up a team (In San Francisco or New York, it's still not decided yet)… Looking at the job market in ...
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Answer for "Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?" in academic/postdoc position

The following sentence is asked in early stage of all academic positions and postdoc jobs advertised in US-based universities or institutes: Are you legally eligible to work in the United States? I ...
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Can I lose my US citizenship for accepting employment with a foreign government?

In my US passport, there's a section entitled "Important Information" located just before the visa pages. Item number 13 deals with circumstances in which one might lose their US citizenship (emphasis ...
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How to build credit history in the USA?

What are the ways in which a new immigrant can begin building credit history in the United States of America ?
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How to lease a car in the USA just after relocation?

Usually leasing requires you to have a credit history in US and establishing it takes at least a year. What options you have to lease the car without credit history in US but having employment here (...
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Finding an apartment in US as an expat (big city)?

How difficult is it to find an apartment in the USA as an expat, and how long does it take (how early should I look for it)? In Germany, it's an immense issue, because the typical dismissal time is ...
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What is a credit history and why should I care?

I just read a question on having credit history in the UK. The credit-history phenomenon has puzzled me for some time. Similar to people considering it a good thing to have many credit cards. What ...
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How to renew a US driver's license when living abroad

My driver's license expired last autumn (September 2013). I hadn't used the license/driven anywhere in several years at the time that it expired, but now I'm thinking of using it again for short ...
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Under what circumstances must a US citizen forfeit their citizenship when obtaining a new one?

For some reason I have been under the impression that US law prohibits US citizens from retaining their citizenship if they ever obtain a new citizenship. Is this always, sometimes, or never true? ...
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What is the cheapest way to send large amounts of money from EU to US?

There is a similar question regarding "small amounts of cash", but at some point I might need to transfer more than 50K€ to the US. I am looking for the cheapest (less commissions, better exchange ...
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Do you need to pay US taxes if you are a US citizen by birth, who was never in the USA?

It is known, that the USA not only taxes their residents, but their citizens as well. But what happens if someone is a US citizen at birth, who never lived in the USA? Do they also need to pay taxes? ...
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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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My US passport is out of pages for visa stamps, what can I do when out of my home country?

I've been continuously renewing a short term tourist visa while going through the process of permanent residence for the last few years, which has resulted in the consumption of all available space in ...
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Can I (an EU citizen) live in the US if I marry a US citizen?

I am a retired Portuguese citizen and I want to marry a US citizen who is a war veteran. We first met in 1963 when I was an AFS exchange student in Sauquoit, NY. I visited NY last October and we ...
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Are H4 visa holders allowed to do remote intellectual work?

I know that immigrants to the United States holding a H4 visa are not allowed to work. But there is a grey area that I could never find a satisfactory answer to: what if a H4 holder works remotely, ...
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Keeping a US phone number

I'll be abroad for a few years and I want to keep my mobile number till I come back. What would be the least expensive way to do this?
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How to send small amounts of money from EU to US?

Context: Settling small amount of personal debts to people in the US from the EU When Paypal isn't available, in what ways can small amount of cash (<~$100) be sent from the EU to the US, with ...
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How do I register to vote as a non-resident American citizen?

Can I register to vote in the United States if I turned 18 in a foreign country and have no intention of returning in the near future? If so, in what state would I be registering, and what's the ...
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Are USCIS visa "lotteries" in fact lotteries?

There are two processes by USCIS that are commonly referred to as "lotteries": Diversity Visa Program (popularly know as "greencard lottery") H-1B "lottery" (in case of applications' number exceeding ...
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Do I have to wait for ITIN to file California taxes for H4 spouse?

I am holding a H1B visa and my wife just moved to California as H4 dependent. I have applied for ITIN along with filing my federal taxes. How do I file my California State tax? Should I wait for her ...
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Can my mom travel to the US with a green card if it’s been over a year since her last entry due to COVID?

My mom has a green card that expires 2028 but has been out of the US in the UK for over a year due to COVID travel restrictions. Can she enter now?
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My foreign bank is requesting I fill out a W-9

I am a U.S citizen who has been living in Argentina for the last 3 years. I am a legal permanent resident here and I work for an Argentine company, get paid in Argentine pesos and pay Argentine taxes. ...
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Is Green card priority date based on place of birth or citizenship?

As an Indian citizen, just wondering if its faster that I move to Denmark, stay for 9 years and get Danish citizenship. From there move to US on H1B and convert to green card. This would be faster ...
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How to change employers on a H-1B visa in the United States

For a person in the US under an H-1B visa - if this person needs to change jobs: What's the procedure that needs to be followed since the H-1 is sponsored by the employer? Can the visa and stay be ...
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What type of health insurance is needed to provide basic coverage when moving from the UK to the US

I am a US citizen and will be moving back to the US from the UK. I will be leaving the UK the day my visa expires and arriving in the US 2 weeks prior to my job starting in the US. What type of health ...
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Getting Paid in USD while living in UK

I am moving to the UK for a job in the next few months. This job is for the US government and they will be paying me in USD. The vast majority of my expenses will be in GBP. Is there an easy way for ...
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Bringing or shipping all my stuff

When one wants to move across the Atlantic, from France to the US, what is authorized and what are the options to bring in a lot of stuff? I am not talking about furniture but about large suitcases. ...
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Working as contractor in USA as foreign citizen (EU)

I'm an EU-Citizen and I'd like to consider opportunity of working in USA as IT-specialist (developer). If I find an opportunity to work there as contractor (freelancer), can I simply register my ...
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How can a minor foreign-born child of a US citizen parent and non-US citizen parent get US citizenship if the US citizen parent refuses?

Zork, 12, was born in a foreign country to a US citizen parent and a non-US citizen parent. At the time of Zork's birth, the US citizen parent had (and currently has) all the requirements to pass US ...
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Must one's "primary" family name in the U.S. be the first in order?

When someone who was born and given their name in a country that uses multiple family names lives in the U.S., are there rules as to what their "official" last name must be? I heard an immigration ...
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Does a U.S. citizen have to give up his credit cards and bank accounts when he moves abroad?

Credit card applications usually say "must be a U.S. resident". If a U.S. citizen moves abroad temporarily, and he doesn't want to use his friends' or relatives' U.S. addresses to get his mail, and ...
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What can be done when a country doesn't have Birth Certificates?

I asked this earlier: How to help my mother in law migrate - no lawyer wanted! Thanks to many it has led me to at least print the form and understand the requirements. It appears based on the USCIS ...
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Ohio>Arizona>Germany>France driver's license conversion?

I originally took my driving test in Ohio at the age of 16 and received an Ohio license. While I was in college in Arizona, I converted that license to an Arizona one. Last year, I converted the ...
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Buying vegemite in New York?

Vegemite - love it or hate it, if you're an Aussie you'll have an opinion on it! In the USA, the reaction tends to be more "huh", or "you're having a laugh, you eat that stuff?". Just ask the ...
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Working for foreign employer between arrival on K-1 (fiance) visa and granting of employment authorisation (I-765)

I will shortly be relocating to the United States on a K-1 (fiance) visa and will most likely continue working with my current (Australian) employer. My salary will continue to be deposited into my ...
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Can my local consulting agency obtain an L1-visa

I have been employed as a software engineer, for several years now, at local consulting agency in the Netherlands. I am currently performing software development activities for a large multinational ...
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If an H-1B worker is laid off while outside the U.S., how quickly are they barred from entering the US?

I read on https://www.linkedin.com/news/story/h-1b-tech-workers-in-jeopardy-5128833/ H-1B workers who are laid off while outside the U.S. may not re-enter the country — unless they’ve found new ...
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Travelling to US before H1B visa application starts

I am going to be going through the H1B Visa application process, for the next valid date (April 2015). I have heard that it is not advisable to travel to the US for holidays before the visa is ...
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Why does the oath of loyalty to the United States that new U.S. citizens must swear mention seem to include renouncing all foreign citizenships?

New U.S. citizens must swear the following oath of loyalty to the United States (quote from https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/naturalization-test/naturalization-oath-allegiance-united-states-...
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Having a valid Visa to the US, should I also enroll for VWP before traveling to the US?

Coming from the EU, I am in the process of getting a DV visa, and planning to go to the US for reconnaissance mid-June. When entering the US, I understand, the border patrol has the right (even with ...
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Does the US J1 visa require significant legwork for the sponsor?

At my university computer science department (outside the US) students are frequently taken on as paid interns at big US technology companies (Facebook, Nvidia, Google) under the J1 visa. AFAIK the ...
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Wishing to enter the United States to obtain a PhD with a criminal record in the UK

I am interested in applying for a PhD in the United States. My main worry is after gaining on offer from wherever, I will be given an i-20(I think) and then would be able to apply for a F1 visa. I ...
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Benefits of American curriculum schools for US expat children

There are a number of schools in the UK which follow the American curriculum. My son will be starting school this year. We plan on moving back to the US in the next 5 years. Is there any evidence that ...
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Language Immersion courses in the USA

From people who have been put the through the Language Immersion Courses it helps greatly in learning the foreign language including particular dialects if needed. From my dealing with recent ...
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How much US taxes do you have to pay after selling a foreign property if you are a US green card holder?

What portion of the sale of a property outside the US will you need to pay taxes on? Will you be paying taxes on the total sale price or only on the gain?
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Should I get divorced before I can marry again, if the marriage is foreign and between non-citizens?

I am an F-2 visa holder in the US. I came to the US with my spouse as his legal wife. In the US I fell in love with another US citizen guy and we want to marry together. But I don't know is it ...
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Is there a proposed change allowing H1B-ers spouses to work?

One of alleged proposed changes in immigration reform is allowing spouses of H1B holders to work. Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders May Soon Be Allowed to Work in the U.S. The U.S. is planning ...
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How do I enter my full name (with multiple given names) on a US form?

I have to fill some official paperwork, and realize that they are asking me my full name, including middle name. Being French, the system is a bit different because there is not really any middle ...
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Holidays in US for close relative's funeral in EU?

I live in Hawaii and my grandfather in Czechia had died. I would like to come to the funeral. I can manage to get the plane tickets, but 1) I'll be away for at least 5 days, and 2) I will be coming ...
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Denied visa for reentry to the US because of earlier Medicaid use

My girl friend gave birth in the USA three years ago and used Medicaid. She went back home with baby and got denied a visa for reentry to the US because of that Medicaid use. Now as a permanent ...
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