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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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Does participating in U.S. Diversity Lottery decrease my chances of getting F-1 visa?

I took place in two U.S. D.V. lotteries -- one ended up in the previous year and I wasn't selected to get an interview and another one is currently processing with the results expected in May. At the ...
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Second K-1 Visa

Eight years ago, I requested a K-1 Visa for my fiancee and was approved. I married that woman and we remained married for seven years. We divorced in the middle of last year and she went back to her ...
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Can a person get Social Security benefits who worked in the USA for 14 years but is an Indian citizen and reside in India?

This query is about a person who worked in the United States for about 14 years (legally) and contributed to Social Security during that time. He held a Green Card, which expired after he moved to ...
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For how long and when in the green card application timeline does this travel blackout period exists?

I am in US on H1B visa and my green card application just became current. I haven't done anything after that (e.g. I still need to get vaccinations from USCIS approved doctor and my immigration ...
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Applying for US student visa (F1) from a foreign country

I am an Indian citizen currently enrolled as a graduate student in an university in Canada. My professor here is moving to a university in the US and has asked me to accompany him. I have to apply to ...
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US Immigration - Visa Retrogression

I recently attended an interview with USCIS for my 'green card' in the EB-3 category. Although my interview was 'successful', the USCIS officer advised me that he was not able to put my case ...
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How do I know if my H1B is transferable?

I work as a faculty in a university in USA. My H1B was filed by my university, and was approved in last October 2015. As I recently interviewed a company, the new employer wanted to know if my H1B ...
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Can you get divorced in the USA, as permanent residents who married elsewhere?

Some friends of mine married in the UK (one a British citizen, the other non-EU non-USA), then moved over to the USA not long after. They've been there for a couple of years now. Sadly things haven't ...
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Moving to America after marriage in India

I would like to know if the following is possible and with how much ease. My American girlfriend and I would like to get married in India and then move back to America. We have been together for a ...
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Can I apply for a secured credit card in the USA as a non-resident (currently adjusting status)?

I am thinking of getting a secured credit card as per reading this on the stack. My question is will I get one as a K-1 visa holder who has filed to Adjust Status to a Permanent Resident (Green Card)?...
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Taxes and Health Insurance (US -> UK, paid by US Govt)

I have a bit of a complication to my move to the UK. I am moving to the UK for a couple of years from the US. I am being paid by the US Government. I have a couple of questions about how this works. ...
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Transportation in San Francisco

I expect to live in San Francisco but I have no clue if a car is necessary or if I can rely on public transportation system if there is any. I plan to move in the city and in the Valley on a daily ...
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Diplomatic Family in USA - J1 visa problem?

My parents are Indian diplomats (on A-1 Visa) in the US, posted for 3 years fixed term. I'm an Indian university student in Canada looking to get a J1 for a software engineer internship in the US at a ...
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Is it possible for me to reside in Canada and commute to the US daily?

I am a US green card holder and working in Detroit, US. My partner is a foreign student in Windsor, Canada. I am a citizen of Iran. Is it legal for me to reside in Canada and commute to US daily?
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Maintain Canadian PR while living with husband (CDN citizen) in US?

I am from Hong Kong and married a Canadian citizen in May 2016. We have been living in Canada since June 2015, and I applied for PR in Canada in June 2016. I have not received it yet, but let's assume ...
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I have received the green card: what should I keep track of to be prepared to apply for naturalization in five years?

I have received the green card: what should I keep track of to be prepared to apply for naturalization in five years? For example, one needs to be able to provide the accurate travel history of the ...
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I am going to the UK as a visiting researcher and I might stay later. I'm funded by a grant from home (USA). What sort of visa should I get?

Short-term study visa seems to fit the bill but I want to be extra careful as I may end up extending my stay. I've done my research already but am seeking to hear a few anecdotal experiences similar ...
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Is there a mandatory delay between a J1 and an H1B visa?

I just finished a J1 internship visa and was wondering if I can apply to an H1B to work with the same company directly after (starting in October). PS: I'm from France so I don't have the 2 years ...
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How much longer can it take to get our green cards?

We used to live in Pakistan, while my aunt has been in the USA for 20+ years. My aunt sponsored my dad almost 10 years ago. Our case is of type brother or sister (F4). We got immigrant visas and we ...
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What's the maximum time to leave once student status expires

If a non-citizen of the US has been able to live in the country for some time under a student visa, and their educational program ends, how long do they have to leave the country (e.g. before forced ...
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As a Canadian, what are the legal requirements for working in the US?

I am considering a semi-permanent job in NYC (1-2 years), which would require moving from Toronto, Canada. I am a Canadian citizen, have no criminal record, and as far as I know am eligible to work ...
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How are foreign savings/current accounts taxed in US?

When moving to the US on a H1B or L1 visa, how are savings and current accounts in Europe taxed? Are the interest on them taxed? What about changes of exchange rate between USD/GBP/EUR from one year ...
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Living in the US on an F2 visa and working remotely for a Canadian company

I'm aware I can't work in the US on a F2 visa. However, would it be possible to be employed by a Canadian company to work remotely from the US?
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Can a French national living in the US be tried twice for the same crime?

From expatica.com, According to the French criminal code (code penal) every crime that is committed abroad by a French national is punishable in France. This has allowed the government to prosecute ...
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As US citizen, is there a process to bring my wife into the United States, when we don't spend the majority of our time in the US?

I am a US citizen and my wife is not. She has yet to come to the United States. In the first years of our marriage, most of our time will be spent outside of the States. In a couple of years, we ...
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Visa bans on Iranians according to new presidential executive order

I am a green card holder. My family and I migrated to USA with EB-5 program. Now I'm married and my wife is in Iran. We started the process of getting a green card for her and have been waiting for ...
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How complete must the translation be for documents showing evidence of a bona fide marriage?

I am a US citizen who has lived outside the US for many years and I am trying to obtain a green card for my wife, via form I-130 and the IR-1 visa. We have documents such as apartment contracts, bank ...
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Adsense income (Online Blogging) issue for a F1 student

When I was in my native country, I was getting paid for showing Google ads on my website. After I came to the USA, I stopped ads on the website because I'm an F1 student and I'm not allowed to work in ...
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Sending Excess Baggage and Personal Effects from France to USA

I am an Indian citizen and will be moving to the USA on an H1B visa in 2 weeks time. I will be sending excess baggage (personal effects and pre-packaged, dry Indian spices) via sendmybag.com. Per an ...
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Do I need to pay Social Security in the USA for UK salary?

I know that I will have to pay tax on my UK earnings in the USA since I am a US permanent resident and live in the USA for the majority of the year. I hold British Citizenship. The question is will I ...
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Get a green card without living in the US?

I am aware of the diversity visa program, and though I am eligible to participate, it is, after all, a lottery... not a sure thing. I am looking for other options that are less of a gamble. I work ...
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Do I need to be employed at the moment of AOS interview for my employment-based EB1?

I just received a notice from USCIS for my employment-based EB1b green card interview, set for mid-April. I already left my previous job, and am currently unemployed, searching for another job. ...
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I was dismissed from my university. Do I need a new F1 visa?

I am a foreign citizen and was studying in the US. I was dismissed from my university in June 2017. My SEVIS record was terminated in October for a failure to enrol in new classes. I have now been ...
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How to Reschedule Biometrics appointment for green card?

While I am still traveling in Europe I received I797 notice to appear for fingerprint appointment the next business day after the upcoming weekend. The letter says, if I don't show up, then my green ...
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How can I find out if I ever filed an I-485 (a step in the green card process)?

I am a Canadian citizen. Years ago, I was working in the US for a large company on an H1B visa, and the company strongly encouraged me to go through the Green Card process. Some steps were completed, ...
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Do I have to pay taxes in the US if I work remotely for company in other country and pay taxes there?

I'm going to move in the US soon to work for US employer and live there. But I also have clients in other countries (Russia in particular, I'm Russian citizen) and they are paying all the taxes for me ...
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Fulfilling J1-visa two-year residence, when you are no longer a citizen of “home country”

I received J1-visa and was marked as a subject to two-year home-country physical presence rule. At that time I was still a citizen of Kazakhstan. I moved to Europe (Czech Republic) immediately after ...
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Are ISAL M-bags (for shipping books abroad from USA) available for individuals?

I discovered with excitement a post describing ISAL M-bags to ship a large amount of books abroad from the US. However when looking at the USPS documentation indicated in the same post, ISAL M-bags ...
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Working remotely until I get visa

My question is pretty basic and tough at the same time. A US company just offered me a job and will apply for my H1B also. But thing is that they want me to work for them as a full time employee in my ...
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E2 (treaty investor) US visa and crowdfunding money as an investment

Will it be possible for startup founders, crowdfunded by e.g. Kickstarter, to apply for e-2 (e2) treaty investor US visa (given that owners have citizenship of a treaty country, and they have 50% of ...
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What visa do I need to volunteer in the US if I am Canadian and only going to volunteer? [closed]

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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How to legalize a car in the USA? [duplicate]

I got a TN Visa for working in the USA and I want to take my car with me. I am living in Mexico City and I want to drive my car from that point to Casper, Wyoming. I will be staying for 1 year and I ...
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Should I have multiple employers file H-1B petitions for me?

I have great offers from 2 distinct companies, A and B, in the United States. I recently became aware that it is perfectly legal for different, unrelated employers to each file an H-1B petition for me....
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How to help my mother in law migrate - no lawyer wanted!

I asked here: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/253625/site-to-ask-about-visas-immigration-asylum-seeking and was recommended to ask here on this site. Basically me and my wife are both US ...
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Making it easier for family to call from the US to the UK

My American extended family is pretty clueless about making international calls. It seems that buying an international phone card and/or figuring out country codes is just too much for them. What can ...
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How can I renew my US vehicle registration while out of the country?

My vehicle is currently in Mexico, and I will not be returning to the US until late July. My license plate expires in June. Mexico doesn't care that I have an expired license plate, as it's only ...

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