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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? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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PPACA “no insurance” fee for American expats living abroad

I searched and commented on another question here, and was prompted to ask my own question separately. As you may be aware, US citizens without health insurance, as of this coming Sunday 31st January,...
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What constitutes proof of relationship/intention to marry for a UK immigration visa?

Being disabled, I don't really have to worry so much about funds or some of the more complicated issues with getting my partner over to the UK (from the USA). But there is one thing that concerns and ...
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Is carrying identification on one's person required in the US?

I am a US citizen who has spent most of their life abroad, but who currently is studying in the US. I do have a foreign ID card, since I was required to own (and carry) one in the country I used to ...
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What is the timeline for an H1B visa consulate interview?

I'm in the process of applying for an H1B visa and I already have a company willing to sponsor me, but the instructions state that the application should be received in USCIS after the 1st of April, ...
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If I register to vote, can I be called for jury duty even though I live abroad?

I'm a US citizen living abroad. I'd like to register to vote, however I've heard that this will make me eligible to be chosen for jury duty. I can't easily appear for jury duty from here, if I ...
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US Common Practices with kids that new Immigrant parents should be aware of

There was a famous story back in 1997 about a Danish mother that left her toddler outside the restaurant. Some practices for behavior in public, common and accepted outside the US, might be illegal ...
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How far back does USA care where you lived, when applying for citizenship based on 3+ years of marriage

This has 2 questions that I felt were sufficiently related to be together in one posting. I have marked the questions in bold text. According to the information here at uscis.gov, a person may ...
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What is the process to change your US name while on a green card?

Having arrived in the US (California state), and received a green card, I now face an obnoxious problem: my first name is neither pronounciable, nor memorable for Americans. This poses a serious ...
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As an OCI card holder, do I count as an “Indian Citizen”?

I'm a US citizen with an OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) card; the closest thing to dual citizenship that the countries have. I apparently have all the rights of an Indian citizen except: The ...