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The Austrian government took my daughter's US driver's license

She still would need her US drivers license when she comes back to the US to drive legally here. No she would not. One does not need a US driver's license to drive legally in the US. Someone residing ...
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The Austrian government took my daughter's US driver's license

Your daughter did not use her US drivers license to acquire an Austrian license, she converted her US license into an Austrian license. This means that she no longer holds a US license, and only holds ...
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Apply for naturalization (N-400) without affecting children

Is it possible for a parent to apply for naturalization in the U.S. (using form N-400), without making their children under 18 years old also citizens? No. The process for US permanent residents, ...
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How are various reasons of asylum seeking in US compared, in terms of their likelihoods of success?

It's unlikely that those statistics exist, especially not at any official level. The reason for this is that asylum claims are based on individual circumstances and experience. When officials consider ...
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Reentry permit application, purpose of the trip (part 4 of I-131)

Reentry permit is not a substitute for your national passport, it is a permit to return after a prolonged absence as an LPR. If you don't intend to stay outside the US for more than a year then you ...
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The Austrian government took my daughter's US driver's license

This is completely commonplace. In the USA state, just get a replacement. Pay $20 and get a new copy. Anyone experienced in the situation just does this first, before going to the other country in ...
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I overstayed my US visa for over 5 years, it's been more than 10 years since I stayed, could I apply for green card or do I have to pay a forgiveness?

You would proceed as normal. There is no fine for overstay, being out of status, or unlawful presence in the US. There is a ban for accruing certain amounts of "unlawful presence" and then ...
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Apply for naturalization (N-400) without affecting children

Parents cannot acquire U.S. nationality without also passing it along to their dependent children. When a parent naturalizes, their children under 18 who reside in the U.S. automatically gain U.S. ...
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Do I need my passport to go back to USA? I'm a citizen

You can apply for a US passport at any US embassy or consulate in Mexico, if you have the necessary proof (e.g. your US birth certificate, a photo ID, etc.). Here is the page for US passport services ...
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Chronic / Acute medical care on Visitor Visa (B2) in USA

I've looked into it briefly for similar circumstances. Visa: B2 visa is fine for such a scenario. Costs: you'll need to pay those. If their local (home) insurance won't cover treatment in the US, ...
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Sending non-perishable foodstuffs from Germany to USA

Can packaged, long-shelf-life foods enter the US via courier service? Yes. There is probably millions of packages like that around christmas time each year, and it's perfectly normal and legal, all ...
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Can you legally work in Germany with an expired residence permit after travel?

The general rule presently is, where appointments are hard to get and leads to a made appointment that is after a deadline, the date that the (online) appointment was made is considered to be the date ...
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My mother’s monthly Norway pension stopped in 2020. We don’t know why

Some pension systems require proof that a receiver is still alive. If such a letter was sent and no reply was returned, then the payments could very well be stopped. So contacting them and informing ...
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My mother’s monthly Norway pension stopped in 2020. We don’t know why

If you are living abroad and receive pension or disability benefit payments from Norway (NAV), an annual life certificate is most likely required. NAV performs annual life certificate reviews to ...
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Ramifications of abandoning USA adjustment of status or conditional residency after an unlawful overstay?

They started accruing "unlawful presence" when they stayed past the date on their I-94. They do not accrue "unlawful presence" while their I-485 (Adjustment of Status) is pending, ...
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Is it possible to get an EB1 visa if you are the owner of an LLC in the US?

Is it possible/legal to get an EB1 visa, provided that I have an LLC in the US, the business is real and I have been working more than 1 year as a manager and planning to relocate as a manager too? ...
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Can a French citizen request a long-stay visa and work permit when going to the USA?

Depends on whether they enter on the Visa Waiver Program or on a B-visa What is asked is called Adjustment of Status, where you fill form I-485 (for permanent residence) or I-129 (for other non-...
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US Social Security Card says "Valid for Work Only With INS Authorization"

You should update your status with SSA and get a new card, although it is not urgent. You will keep the same Social Security Number (SSN) itself, for life. One downside is that a Social Security card ...
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As a Green Card holder, is it okay to have international trip every 3 month, each approximately 1 week?

Yes, that's totally fine. Unfortunately US immigration officers have a lot of leeway and the exact rules are somewhat vague, so it's possible that you might get questioned about it. However, that's ...
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Travel for children (lawful permanent residents) after parent has become naturalized U.S. citizen (N-400)

Technically, it is "unlawful" under INA 215(b) (8 USC 1185(b)) for a US citizen to leave or enter the US without bearing a US passport. However, there is no penalty for violating this ...
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Can homosexual immigrants settle in the United States?

The USA, and other western countries, will most likely not care one bit whether you are gay or not. So you can move to the USA just like any other man or woman from Pakistan or other countries, gay or ...
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As a green card holder, is it okay to have an international trip every 3 months, each approximately 1 week?

Of course it's okay. There are some consequences to remaining outside the United States. if you stay out for longer than 180 days then the immigration officer should examine you as an "...
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Is this case qualified for religious asylum in US?

As phoog says, to claim asylum you have to first travel to the country you wish to claim asylum in. That means getting a visa (unless you are from a country eligible for the Visa Waiver Program). When ...
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Can I apply for an F1 visa while I am waiting for my H1B visa sponsorship?

Is it permissible for me to arrive in the U.S. on a F1 visa, and then 'switch' to an H1B visa once my (former) employer files, and successfully sponsors me for an H1B visa? Yes. This is called a &...
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Does previous refused entry into the US affect future visa applications?

I understand I may not be admitted into the USA based on the fact a current visa application is underway. A pending visa application is no bar to admission in a different status. The problem with ...
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Can I apply for a green card without my employer's help?

From what I know, you can only petition yourself for employment-based immigration to the US in the following cases: EB1A (alien of extraordinary ability) (note that EB1B and EB1C cannot self-petition)...
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Freelancing for a US Company from Germany: Tax and LLC Considerations

To streamline my work with the US company, I've established an LLC in the US. My ultimate ambition is to move to the US LLC will not help you in any of this in any way. In fact, it may complicate ...
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Using a passport as id for a check in lieu of a driver's license

You can't control every decision of every cashier. There's no requirement for US citizens to have any type of ID, and many in New York do not have driving licenses. Passport is in fact the only ID to ...
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Recapturing H-1B Time

It doesn't matter what you do, you can recapture any full day you've been outside the US (days of leaving/arrival don't count). Just make sure to document everything - passport stamps, tickets, etc.
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F1 Visa Queries

Was I out of status? or violated any F1 rules? Yes, you were out of status after your grace period was over, 60 days after completing your OPT. Have I accrued 150 days of unlawful presence No, you ...
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