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Travelling to US before H1B visa application starts

The impression you want to avoid at all cost is that you're starting to work illegally while on a tourist visa, with the intention to use a new H1-B visa to "launder" the operation later on. In many ...
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Am I legally able to do an internship in the US while just operating as a vacationing Canadian?

Short answer: Absolutely not legal. Entering the US as a visitor means that you are not permitted to take up employment of any kind. This includes being a contractor. And this also applies to ...
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How long does the USCIS wait until running a lottery for H1-B visa?

When the cap is not reached within the first 5 business days, no lottery will be run. All applications will be accepted and processed (but not necessarily approved of course). Any applications ...
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Can I keep H1B status if my employer cannot pay me because the company runs out of money?

To answer you question, being a former H1B myself. You are in valid h1b status because you are working. Your employer however has violated the H1B statutes and Labor statutes by not paying you. At ...
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How to change employers on a H-1B visa in the United States

What's the procedure that needs to be followed since H-1 is sponsored by the employer? While being employed with the current employer, the candidate needs to approach his/her future employers and ...
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What is the process to get American green card and citizenship while on a H1B visa?

There are many paths to both a Green Card and Citizenship, including employment based, family based (e.g. marriage) and various special interests. Since you are in the US on an H1B, you are likely ...
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My husband's getting a H1B visa, can I expect any type of work permit in USA?

Unfortunately, the only derived status the spouse of an H-1B can automatically acquire is an H-4, which allows one to live in the US but generally not to work. The exception to the last bit is that, ...
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Going to USA from France with my girlfriend

I actually wasn't able to find the information direcly from USCIS but University of Washington gives a clarification on the subject: Domestic partners are not eligible for H-4 status but may apply ...
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Is there any advantage to getting EU driver's license recognized in US?

I'm assuming by "recognized" you mean accepted as a license suitable for exchange for a local license (in other words, to skip the learner license process and some tests). Whether a foreign license ...
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Is there a proposed change allowing H1B-ers spouses to work?

I do not think there has been any official word on this. If there were, I would expect this page to be updated for Agenda Stage of Rulemaking. It still says Proposed Rule Stage. The progression of a ...
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What is the timeline for an H1B visa consulate interview?

Short answer: You don't bother about DS-160 and the interview now. Here's the process: Before April 1st: LCA needs to be approved Create your H1b application, ensure all supporting docs are handy ...
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Do I need a new SSN after changing visa types?

The SSN never changes once assigned, and your immigration status has no effect on it.
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H1B application after visiting the DPRK

Yes, of course it will affect your application. With any luck, however, the effect will be minimal. The officer examining your application will want to know why you visited the country in question, ...
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Validation error on USCIS website while checking H1B case status

Try registering here (check the below url) and adding ur receipt number. That worked for me. https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/
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Does holding a Canadian citizenship enable a person to get US H1b / L1 much easier than citizenship from third-world countries?

Not really. The process is mostly the same. A Canadian citizen would still need an H-1B or L-1 petition filed by the employer and approved by USCIS, just like someone from any other country, including ...
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Name on pay stubs does not match my visa and passport.

Your records, to the extent they are linked at all, are linked through your SSN. When you get paid, your salary information is reported by your employer to the IRS and SSA. Your SSA records are linked ...
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How do I apply for H1B Visa?

You will need to get a job in the US and have employer submit paperwork( Forms I-129 for USCIS and ETA-9035(LCA)) for you to be able to receive an H-1B and then you will need to apply for a visa. ...
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If I ask my company to transfer me from Europe to US, do I need to go through visa lottery?

An L1 visa is "dual intent" meaning you can plan, and apply, to stay permanently in the US while working on an L1 visa. Historically, it has been easy to extend for up to five years, but the current ...
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Going to USA from France with my girlfriend

No, she can't. "Spouse" means married "second half". She may be able to get a cohabitating partner variation of B2 tourist visa (that will allow her staying up to a year at a time in the US when she ...
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Is there a proposed change allowing H1B-ers spouses to work?

This has now been officially announced as a rule proposal (i.e.: after being published in the Federal Register, the rules will go through the "draft" stage and become active). The final rules are ...
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Is there a proposed change allowing H1B-ers spouses to work?

There is an announcement that they will propose a rule. It's not a rule or even officially proposed rule yet. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/07/fact-sheet-strengthening-...
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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. There's no difference between the two. ...
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Is a permanent India - US migration as risky as I perceive it to be?

Hundreds of thousands of Indian citizens are working in the US quite happily, traveling abroad, getting green cards, etc etc. Several comments about your assumptions: After spending 5 years on the ...
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Passport validity for H1B visa stamping

According to Department of State one of the required documents listed is passport with validity 6 months beyond your period of stay in the United States: Passport valid for travel to the United ...
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Do I need a visa to work for a university in the US from Europe?

Do I need to extend my J1 visa for these three months if I'm not going to travel to the US during that time? As long as you're not physically present in the US - you can do whatever you want. You ...
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How do I know if my H1B is transferable?

My H1B was filed by my university, and was approved in last October 2015. That's how. There was no quota in October 2015 available, i.e.: your H1b wasn't subject to quota. You cannot transfer non-...
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Does the "base salary" information reported on an H1B Visa application include RSUs?

RSU's are not reported as "base salary" because they're not base salary. RSUs are bonuses, and cannot be "base salary" by definition - since they're restricted. RSU's are generally awarded as a ...
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I-94, H1B visa not activated

Your question is confusing because you seem to be using some terminology incorrectly. You said "I received an H1B visa." But it's not possible to receive a US visa inside the US (rare exceptions for ...
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H1B visa marrying a US citizen: can stay in US and work?

You can apply for Adjustment of Status. Basically, after marrying, forms I-130 and I-485 can be filed together (your spouse fills out I-130 and you fill out I-485). Each form has many required ...
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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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