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The US visa tracker says that the application is in “Administrative Processing”, but the consulate said it was approved?

After applying for a US visa and being told that the visa was approved, the status on the Department of State website still says that it's in "Administrative Processing". What's the reason behind this?...
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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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What documentation is required to import your personal items when moving to the US?

If one is planning to move from Canada to the US for a long period of time, what documentation is required at the border to import one's personal items? Does it matter if you drive a UHaul truck with ...
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Chances of getting an US F1 visa after refusal under 212(a)(3)(a)i on re-application

My US F1 visa application was refused under 212(A)(3)(a)i after administrative processing under 221(g). What are my chances of getting the visa on a fresh application? The USCIS have refused it again ...
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Adjustment of status for a child of a US citizen entered on VWP

I am a Naturalized US citizen. I have a baby boy that was born out of wedlock in the Dominican Republic before I was naturalized. My child has a German Passport and entered the US with me on a VWP/...
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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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J1 and J2 visa renewal

I am a J1 visa holder and my partner is a J2 dependent. I extended my job contract and we were issued new DS-2019s, but our visa (entry documents) are expired. Is my partner able to travel home (to ...
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What are the requirements for owning a firearm as a foreigner in the US without a Green Card?

Presuming one is resident in the US on a visa like H1B or L1, what kind of paperwork do they need to own a firearm? Presume residency in a gun-friendly state like Washington or Alaska if it matters.
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US citizen studying and earning income in Canada. Do I need to file US taxes?

I am a US citizen studying and living in Canada and being paid by my Canadian university. This year, I filed taxes in both Canada and the US as I had US income and had lived in the US for half the ...
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What visa for a UK engineer making technical trips to USA (ESTA, B-1, or E-1)

One of my engineers was recently stopped and questioned by immigration in Newark and told if he returns under an ESTA he would be refused entry and probably returned to the UK. He has entered the US ...
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British mother visiting US for about a year

My British mother wants to stay with my sister in Florida for about a year. How can she do this? She doesn't want to become a resident and has a home in the UK. She has been over to the US with an ...
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Declaring the change of address under two different statuses

I entered the USA with a H1 visa, and my family entered the USA with H4 visas. This comes with various duties, including keeping my address up-to-date in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (...
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Legal way to stay in the US for ~3 years, after entering on B1\B2?

Here is my situation: My wife is a GreenCard holder (won it in Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery). She obtained her GreenCard, before we got married. I have a B1\B2 visa. Currently we are both outside ...
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Canadian married to an American (10 years) considering relocating to the USA

My husband and I married in Canada in Oct 2009 he is American born I am am Canadian born. Almost 2 years later he was finally able to relocate to Canada and we've been living here, together for 8 ...
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I'm American marrying an Italian who works in Denmark. We plan to live in Denmark. Do I apply for a “Residence Permit” or “Family Reunification”?

We plan to get married in Denmark and this seems fairly easy, but then we're a bit confused. After obtaining our marriage license what is the next step? Do I need to apply for a "Residence Permit" or ...
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Is getting DS-2019 from a “third party agency” normal?

I am an undergraduate who wants to do some research opportunity during this summer vacation. Thing went quite well and "the Laboratory" offered me a Student Assistant position. In case that's relevant,...
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Should I use the German-US tax treaty as a researcher in Boston?

I am postdoc in Boston (USA) doing research for the benefit of the public, and I'm from Germany. I receive a normal salary from my university in Boston (not a stipend). I'm on a J1 visa since July ...
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Marriage between Colombian and USA citizen

I currently live in Puerto Rico and my fiance lives in Colombia. We both have kids and she shares custody with her kid's parent. We are planning to get married but we don't want to leave either ...
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Can I change my employer while current company H1B amendment is in progress?

I am in the process of FTE conversion. And my current employer had filed H1B Relocation amendment on June 2018 which is in RFE status. My new employer (immigration team) is saying they are not able ...
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Remote independent contractor needs short onsite training in US - what is the Visa requirement?

As a small US based firm, we have offered a contract to a candidate as a remote independent contractor, who does not stay or work in the US. We would require the person to attend our in person 1 week ...
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pursuing greencard had a bad arrest due to DMV and insurance

I was arrested in buffalo for driving on suspended registration. DMV in NY thought that I do not have any insurance and they suspended my registration. However I had active insurance. On further ...
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If I only want to get my marriage abroad RECOGNIZED,May I use visitor visa?

I plan on living abroad for 3-5 more years before moving back to the States. I will not be pursuing a green card/residency for my fiance at this time. If I get married abroad, then have it recognized ...
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f4 Immigrant visa for fiji citizen for ageout children for 23 year old and 26 years

Hi my dad received the approved visa petition from NVC stating we should start filling up the forms and submitting all the financial documents. In that letter mine(23 years) and my brother(26 years) ...
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Italian national, second (personal) name dilemma

I'm an Italian national and I've just found out that have a second personal second name. However, when I was born, my parents separated it with a comma, which makes it legally invalid in Italy. This ...
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filling out I-9 form for employment [closed]

My new employer emailing me the I-9 to fill it out online. In order to complete the form it requires the SSN as well as the green card number. Is it safe to do so online?
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Is employment-based green card sponsorship possible?

For people living abroad that wish to relocate to the US: I am aware of H1B visa sponsorship, but I'm wondering if you can be sponsored by an employer straight for a green card? If it is, presumably ...
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Do I need to take the IELTS test if I immigrate from a primarily english speaking country?

I'm currently contemplating moving from the United States to Australia (Queensland). I read that one of the immigration requirements was to complete the IELTS test. Because I'm already from a ...
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Renewing U.S passport living in uk

My U.S passport is over the 15 years expiry date. I DO have a SSN but cannot find it as it was over 20 years since I worked in the US and has been misplaced. I am due to travel to the US soon and am ...
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For how long can I postpone filing an application for adjustment of status (I-130)?

My sister (US citizen) has filed an I-130 petition for me in January, 2006. The most recent Visa Bulletin states that the "final action date" for my category (F4, Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. ...
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Applying for a US marriage green card from the UK

My wife (US national) and I (Italy national) have been married for over two years and we are currently based in the UK. Her mom got really sick with dementia and we're thinking of moving back to the ...
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Can an unfinished Integrated Master’s qualify for an H-1B?

I’m at the last year of an integrated Master’s degree in the UK. This means that if this was a normal degree, I would have earned a bachelor’s at the end of last year. Because it’s integrated, I ...
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How to stop paying social security in multiple countries (that have a totalization agreement, US and Japan)

I'm working for a small US company remotely from Japan. The company doesn't have a branch in Japan or anything, so American social security tax is still being deducted from my paycheck (payroll is all ...
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After violating US student visa and deportation, could I complete my studies in Canada?

I was in the USA from 2015 until this January (2019) on F1 status. While I was re-entering the US, I was taken to secondary inspection by Customs and Immigration. They checked my cell phone and they ...
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As a non-US citizen, do I have to keep the paper record of a US “official jury summons” I received?

As a non-US citizen, do I have to keep the paper record of a US "official jury summons" I received? Is a scan of it enough? I am currently a green card holder and might apply for US citizenship one ...
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I was Born in the United States but my parents are from Ghana, so I'm American or Ghanaian?

I've always wondered, I saw that if you were born in the United States you're a US citizen, it's true?
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Indian Passport with F1 visa not stamped upon entry to the US(I-94 is up to date). Will it be a problem when I apply for H1B?

I recently entered the US after my vacation in India. My port of entry was Boston and I live in Portland, OR. After reaching home, I noticed that I am missing the entry US stamp. I am currently in the ...
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Staying in US over winter every year

We are considering buying a villa in Florida with a view to using it between November and March in retirement and returning to the U.K. for the rest of the year. So really a 5 month vacation every ...
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What visa do I need to volunteer in the US if I am Canadian and only going to volunteer?

I am planning on traveling to the USA to volunteer at a non-profit organization for roughly 6 months. Do I need to get a visa to do so and if I do, which one do I need? I am a Canadian citizen and I ...
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Please advise on applying US B2 visa from dubai to accompany my huband travelling to US for business meetings (working in Italy)?

I am an indian national working in Dubai staying with my parents in Dubai. I am recently married and my husband works in europe (indian national). he travels frequently to US for business meetings. i ...
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Live in Germany, employed by US company

I am a German citizen with a US green card, currently living and working in SF. For family reasons, I will have to move back to Germany for a little while. Does anyone have experience with how I would ...
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Already have a priority date for Green Card, but planning to be jobless for half a year, what happens to my priority date?

I'm a Canadian working in the US on the TN status. I already have a priority date from the I-140 approval notice, the I-797. However, I plan to leave my job, go back to Canada and come back to the US ...
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Hired with H1-B before April & Starting in October - How is this possible?

I have not understood yet the following with regards to H1-B visas. As far as I understand, you have to be hired by a company in the US before April because in April the lottery for the visas is ...
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Shoes indoors - is this common?

So back in the mid 2000s, I was an international student at a US university. I had the assumption that everyone in America wore shoes or slippers indoors, an assumption that was created from hearsay, ...
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Birth certificate for green card application

My wife is a US citizen and I'm applying for green card with I-130 and I-485 concurrent filing. Birth certificate is listed in the checklist for I-485 here. But I'm in New York City and my birth ...
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Do I need to file I-765 for the adjustment from H1b to Marriage Green Card

I'm currently on H1B and it will expire in two years. I recently got married to a US Citizen and would like to file I-130 and I-485 concurrently. My question is do I need to file I-765 at all? If I ...
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USA F4 category

My sister have applied for my family sponsored case for USA in December,2006 (I was in India at that time). I am born in India. But after that I moved to United Kingdom and got citizenship here. So, ...
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What to do about my will (post-death wishes) while working abroad?

I shall soon be moving from the UK to the USA for work for ~3 years. I have a will in the UK, lodged with family members here (there's no requirement for it to be with a lawyer here). What, if ...
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Sequence of SSN, rental, bank account, etc, in USA to satisfy dependencies

I will soon be moving to the US on an H-1B visa. On arrival, among other things, I will need to apply for a SSN, open a bank account, and rent somewhere to live. What is the sequence in which these ...
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Chances of US tourist visa acceptance after getting Canadian PR?

I was in the US on an F-1 visa and after living there for nearly 6 years (education + work on OPT), I left the US to go to Canada before my US visa/STEM OPT expired. Never been denied visa/entry to US ...