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VISA renewal vs Status renewal for US Visas

I am working in USA with H1B visa. I have a question about renewals. What is the difference between visarenewal and Status renewal? How it impacts visa holder?
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Can a French national keep their life insurance when moving to the US?

Can a French national becoming a US resident legally keep their life insurance? Is there any legal restrictions, other than having to inform the bank and the IRS (because of FATCA)?
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As a non-US citizen expat in the US, would you be able to be covered under 'Obamacare' (ACA)?

If you move to the US as a non-US citizen, are you eligible to sign up to the new so-called 'Obamacare' (ACA) health system for medical coverage, presuming you're a resident? If not, besides becoming ...
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Which items should I declare at the customs when returning to the US after several years of living abroad?

Context: I have been living in Japan for about 26 years. I will be moving to a guest house in the US to look for a permanent residence as an US citizen. I will be entering through an airport with hand ...
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Child Birth record for USA father with a foreign mother

I am an American citizen and married also to an American lady. We have children as well. We live in a foreign country. I had an affairs with a woman who is not a US citizen. She became pregnant and ...
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Tax - Australian citizen working in USA

I'm an Australian citizen and I just got an offer to move to USA and work for an American company. After I move, all my income will be from my salary and I won't have any income in Australia (apart ...
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What shall one do after receiving a green card?

What shall one do after receiving a green card?
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Trying to figure out my tax residency

I'm a Finnish citizen and have spent the last 6 years in the US. I finished a Ph.D. in May last year and I was on a J-1 visa until February last year. At that point I switched over to a G-4 visa due ...
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How to get US drivers license when returning to US from living abroad

I am a US citizen who has been living in the UK for the past 6 years. Immediately prior to moving abroad I had a PA state drivers license, but it has long expired. Prior to that I had MA and ME state ...
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How many expired passports do I need, when getting my child's first US passport?

Reading the checklist for what I need when getting my child's first US passport (we live in Israel) at the US consulate, one of the items reads: The U.S. citizen parent(s) must present his/her ...
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Unmarried Canadian Partners - I am sponsored, will my partner be able to obtain a visa join me in the USA?

Me and my partner are both Canadian citizens and have been living together for about 2 years, we're not technically common law yet (although I don't think that has any bearing) and not quite ready to ...
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British citizenship of adopted son. I'm British by birth and live in America

I am a British citizen by birth and a US permanent resident holder. Last year my husband and I adopted my stepdaughters baby, who has lived with us since his birth. Is he entitled to British ...
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J1 or H1B with no home country residency requirement?

I need your opinion regarding my situation: I came to us on 2006 on J1 visa. On 2006-2008 (2 years), I had been on J1 status which imposed mandatory 2-yr home country residency requirement. Later on, ...
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Starting up an LLC on H4 Visa

I would like to position a service offering online prior to registering an LLC, to test the market. Once I have potential interest/buyers, I will not transact until I have registered the LLC. Is that ...
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How to find a tax preparer in the UK for a US income tax return

The IRS provides guidelines for choosing a tax preparer. These include making sure the preparer has a PTIN and to check with the US BBB for questionable history. The IRS also has information about ...
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Permanent Resident of the United States living abroad

Ok. Here is the semi hypothetical situation: US Permanent Resident married to a US citizen who works on a contract basis for the US military abroad. According to the USCIS: The permanent residency ...
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Notarizing a signature for a document to be sent to the US (AZ) while in France

I need to get a certified copy of my Arizona driving record. This requires me to complete this form and send it to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (AZ MVD) along with a check. The form ...
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Not geting response for 2015 H1B cap results

I am living in US, My current status is F1 and I am working with CPT. My employer applied for H1B for me so that I can stay more than the limit of the CPT. I heard the lottery was done on April 28. ...
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What travel insurance meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and the Italian elective residence visa?

Our family is preparing to move from the US to Europe, and we're looking to find suitable health insurance to cover my wife and me and our infant son. We likely will spend more than a month back in ...
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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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What are the logistics and taxation ramifications of working remotely for a US company while living in Norway?

It seems like every expat scenario is little different. Here's mine. My husband and I are both US citizens and have never lived outside of the US. I have a 3 year full time position with the Norwegian ...
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Entering the US with car using J-visa

I am a Mexican J1-visa holder (PhD student) that studies in the US. I have been checking my options on buying a car to use in Northern California and it seems that the cheapest –– by a big margin –– ...
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Is the USCIS number on a green card a sensitive piece of information?

Is the USCIS number (USCIS#) on a green card a sensitive piece of information? If so, why? I see that some people blurry it, e.g.:
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Green card holder bringing child to US to live. Any issues with a one way ticket?

Is a US Green Card holder able to travel with their underage child from Canada to the United States to live? They will have a passport, birth certificate, and travel consent letter by the Canadian ...
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What can I do about getting a visa to work in the US as a Canadian?

I'm a Canadian student, who opted into a co-op program. I wanted to work in the US for one of my work terms, and I recently got an internship (4 months) there starting in May. I was wondering what ...
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Must I register my child's birth outside the USA?

My child was born outside the USA, and is possibly † a USA citizen according to the rules. She is a UK citizen and has a UK passport she has travelled on within europe already. Must my child travel ...
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Diversity Visa Program GreenCard, should it cost?

I applied for a GreenCard lottery using a commerical on LinkedIn, which I thought was reliable. However, when I started searching for it today I can't seem to find it. It seems as though this was not ...
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Can you apply for a student visa to UK after receiving an order of removal in the US?

My nephew overstayed in the United States and received an order of removal four years ago. He never committed any crime and always maintained a good record throughout his entire stay in the US. He ...
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Student on F1 visa. May I accept reimbursement for interview travel expenses?

I recently bought the air plane ticket to attend an interview. The company says they will give me a check for it. I am in F1 visa status. Can I accept this money from the company, as I remember that ...
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Can the US still be entered after losing conditional permanent resident status?

My wife was granted a conditional permanent resident status (green card) in the US and we started the process for removing the conditional status while we were living in the States after being married ...
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What are long-term maintenance requirements of a DV1 Visa?

Once won, and activated via passing into the US, what obligations do I have which are specific to the ownership of this visa category (as opposed to the regular tax and citizen obligations required by ...
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Withdrawing money to buy a car in Japan

I'm an American living in Japan, and I'm looking to buy a car in Japan in the next couple months. I have a Chase bank account with a debit card and a Sapphire credit card. Unfortunately, I don't ...
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How can international student stay permanently in USA upon graduation?

What can a graduate student do in order to have a chance to stay permanently in USA upon finishing studies ?
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A EU remote worker operating via a LLC in the USA

I'm currently based in Germany (but originally from another EU country) and will be working remotely as a software developer for a US company on and off for a few months in a year. They suggested that ...
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How to transfer Alabama (USA) driver's license to a Northern Territory (AU) driver's license?

I have recently emigrated to Australia as a PR. Am I eligible to drive upon arrival in Australia and can I transfer my driver's license from Alabama to Northern Territory?
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How can I get a US Greencard through the Diversity Visa Program?

How can I win a resident visa through the Greencard Lottery? Should I go to a US Embassy or can I apply online?
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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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Revoked visa and given a 5 year ban

Last year I had been granted a visa to travel to America, once I arrived in America I was stopped at immigration. I had my visa revoked and was given a 5 year ban for America. I want to know if this ...
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Made critical mistake regarding visa - didn't notice expiration for my mother in law - now in trouble?

Almost two years ago I began the journey of trying to help my mother in law visit us in the USA. Here was that post for some background info if someone is interested: How to help my mother in law ...
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What is the best way (quickest) for an American Citizen to get a Mexican spouse to the United States?

I am a US citizen, my wife is a Mexican citizen. We got married in Mexico and have a marriage certificate. We have been hearing different ideas from different people. Some say to do a tourist visa and ...
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Will I get the same student benefits and discounts in the U.S. as a foreign student?

Am an expat student in the U.S., Am I going to get the same student benefits and discounts in the U.S. just like the local students using my student ID?
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What is the country of birth for a person who was born in one of the former republics of the USSR, for the purpose of the Green Card lottery?

The US green card lottery program requires a person applying to specify a country of birth. The official site doesn't state anything about people who were born in one of the former republics of the ...
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Barred from the US for 10 years for unlawful presence, but have been traveling in and out of the country via the ESTA waiver program

Last year I applied for my immigrant visa because I am married to an American. I was denied at the embassy during the interview because I stated that I stayed over 180 days on my previous visa which I ...
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How long can I wait to move after obtaining a green card?

If I should get a green card in the lottery, how long can I stay in my home country before moving to the US, before the green card becomes invalid?
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Will I forfeit my French citizenship when taking on US citizenship?

I am a French citizen living in the US for many years with a green card. I am looking to obtain my US citizenship. Will I loose my French citizenship or can I keep dual nationalities?
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What are the consequences of recent US immigration reform for high-skilled (technology) workers?

On the immigration reform enacted by President Obama, BBC News writes (emphasis mine): The question, of course, is just how much the US economy could benefit from President Obama's proposal, which ...
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Is a 401k a good choice for somebody with an L1 visa?

Is opening a 401k in the US a good choice for somebody moving to under an L1 Visa (max time: 5 years) for a few years? I imagine that if you go the green card route, this is a no brainer, but if that ...
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Do you have to be a US citizen to receive the Alaskan Permanent Fund Dividend

To receive money from Alaska's permanent fund dividend, you must be an Alaskan resident for at least a year. Does this imply that you must be a naturalized US citizen as well?
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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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Employer green card sponsorship after job termination

I've been told to leave the company yesterday. My question is regarding the Green Card application. I've been sponsored for EB1-B employment based category. In July/August 2017, my I-140 was approved (...

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