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

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What will happen to my SSN if I leave the US and then move back on a different visa?

Suppose I study in the US for a few years, and, during the course of my studies, obtain an SSN. Later, I go elsewhere for a few years, but then I decide to come back to the US to, say, take up a job. ...
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Europeans expats who own an online business - how did you go about getting a USA visa?

I'm a EU citizen and want to live in USA for a few years. ESTA is only for 3 months however and I'm guessing I can't just hop out of the country for a week and then return indefinitely. I have ...
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Can a Canadian Citizen live in america while working in Canada officially via remote (online work)

Specific/Extended Question What legally counts as working in the States while living there (technically vacationing) while visiting for the legal vacation period that a Canadian passport allows. For ...
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Can I be paid for work I did outside the UK while visiting on a tourist visa?

I work remotely as a software developer, and am going to visit the UK for 6 months (just by showing my US passport upon entry for a tourist visa since I have never been to the UK before). I have ...
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“Given Name” when scheduling a consular interview

The Department of State Visa Appointment Service web site asks for "Given Name" and pre-populates it with only my first name from when I created an account on the site. And the tip says "Enter the ...
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Can I request premium processing for an L-2 when I apply for premium processing on my L-1?

USCIS does not list L-2 as a visa that can be applied for with premium processing, but my petition has been submitted with premium processing.
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Is there a way to get a Masters Degree in CS/IT in the USA while at the same time working part-time?

As a family man currently settled in the Philippines, I want to further my Software Engineering career and success for my family (I want to do it along with my wife and baby as I don’t want to miss ...
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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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Processing time after notice of approval

I am on an F-1 visa and applied for OPT on May 25th, 2018. My OPT was approved on August 24th and I have received my notice of approval. However as of August 31, the online status says that my card is ...
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Shipping a high-value personal computer to the US

I plan to ship my high-value (> 10,000 USD) brand new personal computer (if it does not fit my luggage) from Europe to the USA. I live in the US, but when I will come back to the UK, I would bring ...
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When is an E-3 visa holder considered a resident?

In California, residents have to obtain a driver's permit within 10 days of becoming a resident. For an E-3 visa holder, does this 10 days begin when the plane lands, the day that they begin working, ...
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Nonimmigration Intent as Travelling with American Significant Other

I am a non-resident alien (F-1, student visa) in the US who wants to travel with my significant other (US citizen) to my home country. If we buy a plane ticket together, am I damaging my ability to ...
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Why is obtaining OPT authorization much longer than for CPT?

Obtaining OPT authorization takes around 90 days, whereas CPT is much shorter (~2 weeks). Why is obtaining OPT authorization much longer than for CPT?
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Is the US government strict on the relative height of the face in a diversity visa lottery application photo?

From the DV Instructions: The head height or facial region size (measured from the top of the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin) must be between 50 percent and 69 percent of the ...
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Got a green card, stayed 6 months, paperwork says she can come back but can she?

My mother-in-law visited me and my wife last year by obtaining her green card. She also got her social security number. She came to the USA in June 2017 and left back to her home country, Iraq, ...
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Can a F1 student in the US do a CPT internship the first summer if the student arrived after the beginning of the academic year?

I read on https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/complete-correct-form-i-9/complete-section-1-employee-information-and-attestation/foreign-academic-students (mirror): F-1 students may not work off-...
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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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Need to find the best immigration lawyer for a US Green Card [closed]

I am a European who wants to emigrate to the US. I want to get a green card based on a specialty (hard) case. I need someone great to help me figure out whether I have a case or not, and I cannot ...
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Do I need a joint sponsor?

I am filling I-864 form to sponsor mu spouse. I am employed and my anticipated annual income meets the poverty guidelines, but I have not filed tax return at all for the last three years because I ...
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Am I allowed to get income from Google AdSense based on OPT authorization if my major is computer science? [closed]

I am a recently graduated F-1 student in the US and I have already gotten approved post-completion OPT. My major was computer science. I have 3 questions about Google AdSense income in the US. I ...
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Is it possible to obtain permanent residency under an L-1B visa?

Is it possible to obtain permanent residency under an L-1B visa? I was under the impression that L-1B has no dual intent, hence it would be difficult to adjust status to become US permanent residents. ...
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How to calculate household size?

My sister has 4 persons in her household, and she is sponsoring my wife (which makes it 5). She has declared an income of about 35k last year, which is not enough for a household of 5, but is enough ...
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Is it possible to start building a credit history in the US as a tourist on a B1/B2 visa?

There's a good chance that early spring next year I'll be relocating to the US. From what others told me, it can be a pain to start out in the States with no credit history as everything relies on you ...
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J1 visa for PhD refused twice. Can I still reapply?

I want to reapply for a J1 visa for my PhD after two rejections with no reason given. I have funding plus a signed bond with home government for five year compulsory service and everything. I want to ...
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J 1 visa issue date= start date?

My issue date for my J-1 visa is 20th of may 2018, the start date on my Ds 2019 form (which is also stated in the visa in my passport) is 30th august 2018. Is it ok for me to enter the US on the 22nd ...
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I'm applying for a study permit in Canada at the port of entry. What country do I list as the country where I'm applying?

I'm a US citizen applying for a study permit in Canada at the port of entry, when I arrive in Canada. The application, which I am completing ahead of time, asks for the "country or territory where ...
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Pros and cons of working in Singapore as a US Green Card holder vs US citizen

I am a Malaysian currently living and working in the US with a green card issued in 2016. I am thinking of relocating to Singapore and finding a job there. What are the pros and cons being a US green ...
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How would postponing my USA travel until next semester affect my F1 visa?

I have an I-20 for the Fall 2018 session and got my F1 visa approved. My college starts on the second week of August. Due to some family emergency, I need to postpone my travel for next semester, i.e. ...
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Entering the US while on administrative processing

I change my status to H1B and my wife to H4 at the end of 2017 I came to Mexico and when I went to get my stamps my visa was put on administrative processing . I know this can take severa months and ...
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I am a US citizen applying for a Canadian study permit at the port of entry (when I fly into Canada). Do I need an eTA to board my flight?

I am a US citizen and I am applying for a Canadian study permit at the port of entry, when I fly into Canada to immigrate. The CIC website says: In order to apply for a study permit at an air POE,...
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H1B visa transfer from F1 without OPT

I came to the US in 2009 and completed my Master of science in Computer Engineering in 2011. I worked with a semiconductor company from 2011 to 2015 (I changed locations in 2013 but worked with the ...
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Does calling USCIS on an OPT application before 75 days slow down processing time?

On this site from 2016, it reports, After applying for OPT, how long should I wait before trying to contact USCIS. Please note that excessive contact with USCIS can actually slow down your OPT ...
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Can people on H4 EAD do private tutoring?

Can people on H4 EAD do private tutoring? i.e. Should the private tutoring be as part of any registered company or can we do it individually and take money in cash and pay the tax appropriately for ...
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Re-entering the USA with EAD extension receipt and I-797B

I have a situation to which I cannot find an answer by reading articles online. I'm hoping that someone here can help. Listed below are the documents I have. I-797B (i.e. H1 was applied under ...
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Refugee in USA, needs to travel to his country of origin

A friend of mine obtained political asylum here in the USA about a year ago. Now due to family circumstances (death in the family) he wishes to visit his native country X, from which he's a refugee. ...
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Wanting to move to USA and stay

This has probably already been asked before but I can't find it so apologise in advance. I recently travelled to Florida on your typical theme parks holiday and I have fallen for the USA and have ...
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First time F1 visa went wrong and rejected. Help me rectify for 2nd time! [closed]

Below is my conversation with the Visa Officer (VO). I tried to recreate the conversation as best as I could remember. I have another appointment for the visa interview in a week. Please help me ...
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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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Combination of I-130 and J1

I am a naturalized US citizen, and this past January I have started the process to sponsor my brother for US permanent residency. His case is still processing and has not been approved yet, it usually ...
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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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For US immigrant visa, does the chest X-Ray actually expire even once you have the visa?

My wife's green card application is on hold, waiting on my I-864 (US taxes.. bah! Don't open a Limited in the UK if you're a US citizen unless you're ok with paying $1200 to have your personal US ...
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O-1 Visa Expiration Date

My O-1 visa expires next week, so I have to stop working then, but my lawyer says I can stay up to 10 days after my visa expires (My I-94 has the same expiration date as my visa). But I am paranoid ...
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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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Canadian citizen applying for Green Card while in the US + side question

I am an American citizen. My girlfriend lives in Canada. I have been going over possibilities of trying to get her a green card legally, and one possibility has me a bit stuck. A Canadian citizen may ...
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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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US visitor visa for Canadian Permanent Residents

I read on another forum that Canadian PRs are scrutinized/denied US visitor (and other) visas more than others. Why is this the case? If I am a Canadian PR I'm less likely to overstay in the US since ...
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Can I apply for an H4 visa for my wife if my H1 is approved?

I am an Indian national on an F1 visa. I am currently working in a startup in San Jose. I applied for an H1B visa under Consular process and my H1B was recently picked and approved (I have an I-797B). ...
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Question about Green Card for L1 at port of entry

I have previously been to the US for 4 times on a B1 visa. A couple of my stays were for 89 days. A couple of my stays were less than a month. Now I am travelling to the US on an L1B visa. Any advice ...