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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 relinquish permanent residence quite easily, even by mail, and there is no fee. Renouncing citizenship requires appearing before a consular officer and a hefty fee,...


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You are going to need a lawyer. The problems you have to overcome are many, including: A multi-year overstay A previous marriage and divorce, which will cast doubt on your current marriage An apparent violation of the terms of your current F1 visa On the positive side, you were granted an F1 visa, which means US immigration does not appear to view your ...


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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 the proclamation: (b) The suspension and limitation on entry pursuant to section 1 of this proclamation shall not apply to: (i) any lawful ...


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There is no such requirement to relax. The requirement is that the permanent resident not abandon his or her residence in the United States. But there is no specific threshold for the duration of absence that causes a permanent resident to lose that status. The determination of abandonment is made individually in each case. Someone who has been away for ...


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Here's a not exactly on-target but related anecdotal experience. A German friend entered the lottery several years ago, was accepted, and obtained a green card. A year or so later he changed his mind about emigration to the US and returned the card. He's visited the US several times since as a tourist. On his first post-green card tourist trip, he endured a ...


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Yes, a US citizen who is 21 or older can petition his/her sibling to immigrate to the US by filing form I-130. A sibling of a US citizen is in the F4 category. According to the current visa bulletin, visa numbers are now available for F4 petitions filed about 14 years ago for people born in most countries (15.5 years ago for people born in India, 22 years ...


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If your wife specified on the I-130 a consulate where you will do Consular Processing, and left the part about office where you will do Adjustment of Status blank, USCIS should send the approved petition to NVC after I-130 approval, and not hold onto it to wait for you to file Adjustment of Status. You should not have to file I-824 unless your wife had ...


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Since you are immigrating as the spouse of a US citizen, you are in the Immediate Relative category, so all that is needed is that you entered the US legally (which you did). Whether you are in status right now doesn't matter. A bigger potential problem might be misrepresentation relating to your second F-1. You said that you didn't go to school for a single ...


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No. There is no practical difference for an employer between a permanent resident and a citizen. Employers do have to check employees' authorization to work, but they do not have to maintain on file a record of the current basis of each employee's authorization. They need to reverify authorization for employees whose authorization expires, but permanent ...


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As far as the documentary requirements for returning to the US, the green card by itself allows you to return to the US after an absence of less than one year. You can always be asked to prove that you maintained residence in the US, no matter how long or short your absence was. (It's possible to be found to have abandoned residence even if each of your ...


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The statement from the linked page simply means that green card holders can return to the US across the US-Canada land border. I don't really understand what this has to do with "country (restricted to travel due to COVID-19)" in your title. Green card holders can currently return to the US from any country, no matter what countries they have been to. This ...


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USCIS is not usually involved in determination whether a permanent resident can return to the US. It would be the immigration officers at entry, part of the CBP, or the immigration judges in immigration court, that would deal with eligibility for entry. USCIS does deal with whether a permanent resident has enough continuous residence to qualify for ...


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Your parents can file AOS (I-485). The lawyer is wrong, but the USCIS person you spoke to is not entirely correct either. What the lawyer may be thinking of is the fact that in most categories, one is barred from Adjustment of Status if one is out of status at the time of filing (See USCIS Policy Manual, Volume 7, Part B, Chapter 3). For the purposes of this ...


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I'm not familiar with the requirements of the DS-260. However, usually the requirements for portraits are the same as passport pictures. So just take pictures as if you would be applying for a passport and submit to them.


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But what about all of the rest of the countries in the world? The priority date for those countries is the date shown for "all chargeability areas except those listed." You can also find a column named "All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed". What's this? See above. It's the date that applies to every unlisted country (or other ...


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The diversity visa always opens at the beginning of October. As far as I am aware, this is because the US federal government's accounting year runs from October 1st through September 30th. I have found some unofficial sources saying that the 2022 program will go ahead as usual in October 2020, but I haven't found any official source. Given the current ...


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USCIS now has a very nice set of web pages that discuss the entire flow of the immigrant visa process. You're interested in this page in particular. I've extracted the relevant paragraph below: When should I travel? You must arrive in and apply for admission to the United States no later than the visa expiration date printed on your visa. An immigrant visa ...


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How many days does a month contain? Different months contain different numbers of days. Five months plus 29 days can be anywhere from 179 days to 182 days.


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Spending three years overseas puts your wife's green card status at significant risk. Read expatriates.stackexchange.com/questions/14486/ After only 180 days' absence from the US, your wife risks violating naturalization's "continuous residence" requirement, as well as creating possible difficulties in her returning to the US, and a referral to the ...


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I don't have the full answer, but I'll point out to two relevant elements I'm aware of. Element 1: https://lawandborder.com/guide-to-reentry-permits/#14_If_CBP_Has_Warned_That_You_Are_at_Risk_of_Abandonment: The officer may notice that you have been abroad for a significant period of time and advise you that you a non-temporary trip abroad will lead to ...


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I-864 is not needed for either of you because you are immigrating in an employment-based category (derivative beneficiaries have the same category as the principal beneficiary), as long as the petitioning company is not 5% or more owned by your relative. Both of you would need to file I-944, the public charge questionnaire. Employment-based immigrants are ...


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Proclamation 10014, which previously banned immigrants from entering the US, was revoked by Proclamation 10149 on February 24, 2021. If your immigrant visa is still valid, you can use it to enter the US any time before it expires. Previous answer: Assuming that the immigrant visa was issued after April 23, 2020, you are banned from entering the US with it by ...


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No. I-140 is the petition for employment-based immigration (analogous to I-130 which is the petition for family-based immigration).


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The DS-260 presented in the question does not exactly track the appearance of the DS-260 exemplar cited in the comments. The DS-260 presented in the question, however, contains a reference to the signer's Selective Service System form DS-1810. This form refers to the SSS status of the applicant or the applicant's family members who are included in the ...


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General guideline are: Write a cover letter for each form (I-130, E-485, I-864, I-765) with applicant and sponsor information and list all the documentation (as a bullet point list) that you are attaching. Write another "main" cover letter with applicant and sponsor information and list all forms attached. For the evidence of Bona Fide marriage, ...


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Your mom can buy a plan from her state's health insurance exchange (Obamacare/ACA marketplace). The one for Washington state is Washington Healthplanfinder. Although this year's open enrollment period already ended, one qualifies for a 60-day special enrollment period after a life-changing event; one such event is moving to the US, so your mom should be able ...


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