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Relinquishing Green card at CA/Mexico border

There is no need to physically relinquish your green card. From Maintaining Permanent Residence: You may also lose your permanent resident status by intentionally abandoning it. You may be found to ...
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Relinquishing Green card at CA/Mexico border

Are you sure that the relocation back to Europe is permanent? If not, you may be able to retain US Permanent Resident status for up to six years by applying for a re-entry permit. The permit is ...
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How long can I stay outside USA after having a Green Card

As an lawful permanent resident (LPR) you are expected to take up residence in the US and you are not allowed to do so in another country. You are allowed to leave the US temporarily, there is no ...
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How long can I stay outside USA after having a Green Card

As someone who had gone through a similar situation, I know it can be difficult to find the correct answer. The answer given by @sitic is a very good one. In my case, I came to the USA with the green ...
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Is renouncing one's US citizenship approx. equally administratively complex as renouncing one's US lawful permanent resident status (green card)?

Is renouncing one's US citizenship approximately equally administratively complex as renouncing one's US lawful permanent resident status (i.e., giving up one's green card)? Not at all. You can ...
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Relinquishing Green card at CA/Mexico border

Thanks for all your answers. I probably wasn’t as explicit as I needed in my question but now that I’ve been through it I want to share my experience. As of this Summer you can no longer abandon LPR ...
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Can a green card holder enter the US with a passport having less than 6 months remaining?

You do not need a passport to enter the US when you have a Green Card. See https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/international-travel-permanent-resident for the official text: ...
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Getting a Green Card by living out of interests only

No, neither having money in a bank account nor earning work income qualifies a person to immigrate to the US. You generally must be petitioned by a US citizen or permanent resident relative, or ...
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How has your experience been with US based www.onlinevisas.com?

I don't intend to defame anyone. I am just sharing my experience and suspicion. I reached out to them for an assessment of my profile. The attorney gave strongly positive feedback; they also tried to ...
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Green Card for Indian spouse

You can file the petition while you are in India, but you have to intend to re-establish domicile in the US concurrently with, or before, your wife enters the US. Yes, a standalone I-130 filed from ...
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For how long and when in the green card application timeline does this travel blackout period exists?

Unless you have an Advance Parole, or you have H1b/H4/L1b/L2 status, leaving the US while your Adjustment of Status (I-485) is pending will cause your Adjustment of Status to be automatically ...
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What benefit has the Diversity Immigrant Visa program? (Green Card Lottery)

To get a working visa, a prospective employee has to find a job with an employer that meets the qualifications for visa sponsorship. After some years in the working visa status, the employee may ...
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What is my legal status in between K-1 visa and Permanent Resident (USA)?

First of all, nobody you will run into in daily life will ask you "How are you legally here". Local police and other regular officials generally do not (unless maybe if you are in Arizona or one of ...
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What shall one do after receiving a green card?

Here is what I am aware of. Actions to take ASAP: Replace/update your SSN card. This can be done at your local social security center. See https://www.ssa.gov/ If employed: ask the employer to update ...
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Second K-1 Visa

You can petition for two K1 visas in your lifetime without any need for special consideration as long as two years have passed since the first K1 petition. It's after two such petitions that you will ...
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Employer green card sponsorship after job termination

Leaving the company does not, in itself, affect the petition -- people can be petitioned while not in the US and not working for the petitioner, as long as the petitioner intends to employ the ...
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Can a US greencard winner re-enter alone or can extend of family members visa enter time after 6 month is over?

1- For me and my family members, Can I extend the time by getting Healthy tests report and re-applying for an appointment to local US consular ? Normally derivative beneficiaries can "follow to ...
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pursuing greencard had a bad arrest due to DMV and insurance

My question is will there be any problem in me getting the green card? No, this will not cause a problem by itself, but you should be careful to mention this whenever you are asked about your ...
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Relinquishing Green card at CA/Mexico border

You can abandon LPR status and return your green card by mail from outside the US, using Form I-407. That may be better than just moving with intent to live elsewhere, because it eliminates any ...
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Is Passport enough as proof of citizenship when applying for I-130?

Yes, a valid US passport is enough. Any one of the items is enough. See the I-130 instructions, General Requirements #3 (page 6): What documents do you need to show that you are a U.S. citizen? ...
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Length of time for naturalization after getting married while in possession of a green card

You're eligible to apply for naturalization if you were a green card holder for 5 years, or if you were a green card holder and married to a US citizen for 3 years. How you got the green card doesn't ...
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My Husband is not American, I live outside America, and I lived less than 4 years at the US. Can he get the nationality?

The requirements for the naturalization of the spouse of a US citizen are described here and will usually require him to have been a permanent resident (green card holder) living with you in the US ...
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Can children accompany me if I win the Green Card lottery?

When you immigrate, any under-21 unmarried child you have at that time will be able to immigrate as a derivative beneficiary. Note that you must list your spouse and all your children when you ...
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Is Form G-325A no longer needed for K-1 visa I-129F fiancée petition?

That's correct. The 04/10/17 edition of I-129F (the only edition that is currently accepted) does not need a G-325A. All the biographical information that used to be asked on the G-325A is now asked ...
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H1b visa after job termination

You remain in H1b status for 60 days after leaving the job, unless your I-94 expires sooner (in which case you will remain in status until the I-94 expires). Furthermore, as you have a pending I-485, ...
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Will applying a US diversity lottery (Green Card) program affect my future visa requests?

Yes but the exact degree is uncertain. When you apply for non-immigrant visas (such as a J1, F1, or B1/B2), you must show that you have no intent to immigrate to the USA. But by applying for the ...
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Will the previous stay outside USA add to the current stay? Or will the 6 month clock start over?

According to this page from the US Customs and Border Protection, you can stay out of the US for up to a year before you run into problems. (I found other, non-authoritative, sites which suggest you ...
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How long does it take to get a green card post EB5 visa?

The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa, so the visa itself becomes a temporary green card when the bearer of the visa first arrives in the US. The permanent green card arrives subsequently in the mail. ...
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US Immigration - Visa Retrogression

Well, 7 weeks later and the October 2019 Visa Bulletin has been published on the State Dept. web site. My "chargeability area" in the EB-3 category has been reverted back to "C" for current, so ...
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Does the April 22, 2020 Executive Order suspending the entry of immigrants affect existing green card holders?

According to the text of the proclamation suspending entry, it does not apply to permanent residents (i.e. green card holders), so it should not affect your return to the US. See section 2(b)(1) of ...
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