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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 ...
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US visa appointment wait time inconsistency

I am trying to make an appointment for an American F1 visa interview in Vancouver, Canada. I am a Third Country National resident in the US with Australian citizenship. The wait time on this website ...
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Can my spouse work in her home country before entering the US on a J-2?

I will be entering the US on a J-1 Visa on April 1st. My wife will not join me until July 1st. Can she continue to work in her home country up until July 1st?
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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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Is my valid US visa wasted due to the removal of physical visa stamp/sticker on my passport?

I am employed in Thailand with Thai based company. I resigned from my previous employer (Thai based) as I got a better opportunity and gave them my notice period. However previously I submitted to ...
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What additional paperwork do I need to complete after I become a US citizen?

After I become a US citizen and I obtain my Certificate of Naturalization, are there any other processes that I need to complete? I have heard that I might need to go to the Social Security office, ...
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Working in USA, for a USA company, temporary without a green card?

I'm Italian (sadly), and I'm planning to find a job in USA and move there. I'd love to do it before the end of September, and I'm trying to understand how visa and green card work and what are the ...
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What are the import charges or fees moving to the USA?**

What are the import charges or fees moving to the USA? Short Question: I will be moving to the USA on a K-1 Fiance(e) Visa in December, to then get a Green Card. I will be flying with some luggage ...
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Going to USA from France with my girlfriend

I'm looking for an H-1B Visa and it is mentioned that immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) can get a H-4 Visa. I've been living with my girlfriend for 3 years but we ...
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I'm in the US on an F-1 visa. Can I drive with my Italian driving license?

I have been living in Chicago for a couple of years (not continuous) on an F-1 visa. I have not needed a car so far, so I never got an Illinois driving license, but I'll be moving to California soon, ...
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Moving & temporarily storing heavy items Cross-Atlantic

I am planning to move from London to San Francisco, I'd prefer to do the rent searching while I'm actually there, such that I can check different places / options out with my own eye (learning from ...
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What is the purpose of a W9 form and how do you get one as a non-resident/non-citizen of the US?

I am negotiating doing some work for a US-based organisation as a contractor. I am now being asked to provide a W9 form. Google provides a link, but it seems to apply to residents/citizens. Is this ...
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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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How long does the USCIS wait until running a lottery for H1-B visa?

When the number of applications exceeds the annual cap for H1-B visas, the USCIS runs a lottery to decide who gets it and who doesn't. But how long do they usually wait until they decide to run the ...
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What is the process to get American green card and citizenship while on a H1B visa?

What process needs to be followed in order to acquire an American Green Card and subsequent citizenship if one is in the US on an H1B ?
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Prior SSN now on spouse visa - do I need an ITIN

About 10 years ago I worked in Orlando on a Q1 visa. I was given an SSN number at the time and my visa expired after a year, at which point I moved back to the UK. A decade on and my husband is ...
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Can a driving license obtained abroad be transferred upon return?

If a French citizen is living temporarily in the USA (J1 visa) and obtains their first ever driving license there, can they transfer it after returning to France, or will they have to pass through a ...
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Returning to my US address, do I get a special enrollment period to sign up for health insurance?

I have been residing outside of the US, but have used a New York State address for certain purposes. I now intend to move back to that same address. I would like to buy health insurance soon after I ...
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How can I study in the US without a lot of money?

I am from Iran and I am 18 in third grade of high school and planning to emigrate to America. The actual problem is that I can't afford to apply for university there, I was hoping that I can go ...
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What U.S. agencies should I inform on leaving the U.S. to live abroad?

I left the U.S. to live and work in Berlin, Germany. I arrived 5 days ago. On the German side, everything is well organized, and moving along. However until now, I hadn't reflected on which U.S. ...
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Is it safe to take a job offer in EU when green card would expire

I have a Green Card in USA and it is scheduled to expire in July this year and have been offered a 6-month contract role in Switzerland. Even though the company would need me to start within the next ...
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Can you travel to the US on a ESTA to negotiate future work or collaborate as a freelancer?

I might have the opportunity to do some contract work as a contractor in the US. My fiscal advisor already told me that I am fully taxable in my home country. I will do all the work from home. In case ...
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Returning to the US - Mortgage Approval Considerations

I am returning to the US soon after more than 10 years abroad in the UK. I am looking to purchase a house in the US and will need a mortgage to do so. I currently own a home in the UK that will be ...
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H1B Green Card (Permanent Residency) Process with Employer Change

Consider the situation: A person arrives to the US as an H1B holder Works for the employer that sponsored the visa for some time and employer does labor certification and other paperwork for US Green ...
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Alternatives for US visa interview in London for disabled person?

My Husband and I are going to try and relocate to the USA. He is British I am American. I will be sending in the petition soon to start the process of obtaining the Visa for him to relocate. I know ...
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How do I file CA state taxes without a SSN or ITIN?

Background: UK citizen, spent a summer as a J1 intern in California. Didn't get a SSN. So I sent my US federal tax return and ITIN application to the US embassy London. Fairly sure that was the ...
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Can I make money from uploading Youtube videos as a foreign student on an F-1 visa?

I am a successful Youtuber in Canada. I will be going to college in the US this fall. Am I allowed to continue posting my Youtube videos while on an F-1 Visa?
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Driving fine and US visa application

I am about to apply for a visa to visit the US for a friend's graduation this summer. I am a non-eu national living and working in the UK. As part of the application, I need to check a box indicating ...
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Surname is different on passport and visa

My kid's H4 visa is stamped with a surname which is not there on the passport. So on the passport the given name is there: Abhinav Singh and the surname is blank. On the visa, the given name is ...
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How long can I stay outside USA after having a Green Card

I went to USA 2 months ago with a Family Visa (F4 category), my aunt sponsored my dad, we lived with her. I got a permanent residence stamp (acting as a GC) at the time of entering USA. I have my ...
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Will my past removal from UK affect my ability to join my family in USA?

I am originally from Pakistan, I was living in UK on student visa tier 4 and wasn't allowed to work on my visa. I had 16 months of visa left on my passport when I got caught by UKBA while working ...
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I may move to the US, but I'm kind of scared of the gun violence

I may be moving to the US in several months (for work). I'm very worried about gun violence in the US, where: In 2016, there were more mass shootings than days of the year. In 2016, over 15,000 ...
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Getting back a renounced citizenship

I have Canadian and American citizenships and plan on obtaining a third citizenship in a country that requires me to renounce my present two citizenships. I want to know about the process to get back ...
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As a French PhD student in the US, what can I do to get the US citizenship as quickly as possible?

I (French citizen) started a PhD in computer science in the US one year and a half ago: what can I do to get the US citizenship as quickly as possible?
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Is there any advantage to getting EU driver's license recognized in US?

Allegedly having European driver's license recognized in US is a lengthy and complicated process. On the other hand getting new license at DMV is trivial. Is there any practical advantage of the ...
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Am I likely to have issues playing DVDs I take with me during an international move?

I remember some time when the DVDs were supposed to be playable only on the DVD players bought in the same geographic zone as the DVD. I never tried because at that time I was not an expatriate. I ...
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Can a speeding citation/conviction prevent receiving a green card?

Can a conviction for a speeding offence have an adverse impact on GC application? The sentence carries a fine and a 4 points penalty.
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How can US citizens living overseas freeze their credit?

After learning about Equifax's failure to keep sensitive financial data of over 100 million Americans secret, I am considering a security freeze on my credit record. I found the relevant pages of the ...
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Health insurance for EU citizen moving to US, as working graduate student

I'm moving to the United States later this year, to begin graduate studies. I've heard a lot of talk about healthcare in the US, but never really paid much attention, until now, when it directly ...
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Time between Green Card and SSN?

My wife and I are preparing to the last stage of obtaining Green Cards (filing the adjustment of status). How long would my wife wait to get her SSN? (I have mine already.)
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Does derivation of US citizenship through parents' naturalization cause loss of German citizenship?

This question is about eligibility for German/US dual citizenship when a minor acquires US citizenship at the time that his parents naturalize. Suppose a child is born outside of the United States to ...
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Transit through the USA [closed]

I am an Indian citizen who is a permanent resident Card holder in Canada. So, my nationality does not come under the US VWP. I wanted to transit through the USA for a trip to India next year. But I ...
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Can I get deported?

I’m 18 years old, I live in the U.S. I’ve lived here since I was 8 years old and have never left. I lived in Haiti for a few years before I came to live here at 8. I was born in Canada and currently ...
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Is it possible to “inherit” a green card?

If one of my divorced parents has been granted a green card but does not reside in the US (and has not resided there for longer than a few months), does that have any bearing on an application that I -...
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Are there commercial web sites in the US blocking access from outside US?

I live in Taiwan. I was asking a question on Super User concerning Access Denied problem when accessing http://www.cvs.com One of the user from Netherlands made a comment that he is having the same ...
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How to track a US K-1 visa application once USCIS has approved the I-129F?

I'm applying for a K-1 USA visa from the UK. I was wondering how to track it beyond the USCIS. I know it goes to the NVC then goes to my local consulate. Is there any way to know online where I can ...
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What would be the route to US immigration if your company is being acquired?

If your company is being acquired by a US company, what would be the best route to US immigration? Since there is a cap on H1-B visas, I need to know other viable options.
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Not having to surrender a German drivers license when getting a US license

From what I learned, I can get a Pennsylvania driver’s license without further tests (besides) vision, given that I have a German license, due to a reciprocal agreement between Pennsylvania and ...
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Spouse of US citizen green card application: adjust status or leave and apply for visa?

Suppose a US citizen is married to a foreigner. The foreigner has lived in the US with nonimmigrant G4 status for 18 years. They married four years ago. The foreign spouse, after retirement, will ...

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