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Can my spouse work in her home country before entering the US on a J-2?

She is only in J-2 status when she is in the US. When she is outside the US, she doesn't have a US status and she is not subject to any US regulations about what she can do in J-2 status.
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Can I be a citizen of a country but do not have the right to live there?

I think that that statement is confusing "citizen" and "national". There are 6 types of British nationals (some can have more than one): British citizen, British overseas territories citizen, British ...
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Can I board a flight to Canada without a passport?

I'm sorry, but this is not a good plan. At a minimum you'll be stopped at these three issues: The purpose of the passport/travel document is to identify the individual; a visa is another country's ...
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UK Citizen, Implications of losing my UK Residency?

The document referenced in the question is about determining whether are a UK resident or not for tax purposes in a given tax year. That is separate from whether you have right of abode in the UK: "...
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After my girlfriend's visa being cancelled at UK border, can I get her a dependent visa via marriage?

Updated on 06 / Mar / 2017: We got married, and my wife's visa has just passed (we got it in 2 weeks)! I would now accept my own answer because this works. Hopefully this answer would help anyone ...
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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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Is it true that you don't need a degree to work as an "IT specialist" in Germany? What exactly classifies as "IT specialist" in this context?

UPDATE: YES, from 01.03.2020 one does not need a degree to work as an IT specialist in Germany. Please see the following information (in German) for details: Details on the new law: "Eine ...
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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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Revoked visa and given a 5 year ban

On UK visa forms you can expect to see this wording: 6.3 Have you ever been refused a visa for any country including the UK? 6.7 Have you ever been deported, removed or otherwise required ...
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Denied visa for reentry to the US because of earlier Medicaid use

There is no ground to deny someone a visa or deny someone entry based on having used Medicaid. There is a ground inadmissibility if someone is "likely to become a public charge", but the ...
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UK EEA Family Permit Refused - Urgent HELP needed - Marriage of convenience

Maybe they're hoping they can keep you out until after the UK leaves the EU. The decision is, as you have laid out, completely illegal and noncompliant with the UK's own guidance. To answer your ...
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Migrating to Australia with another couple

I have a related issue where I am trying to time a visa to the end of an academic year and not leave before (my wife is a teacher). So assuming that you are all applying for 189 visas these are the ...
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Ambiguous question in visa application: Have you lived for at least two years in the country where you are applying visa?

From the context I believe they are talking about the country from which you are making the application. My assumption is that if you were, say, a Columbian citizen who has been living in France for ...
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Which of the below countries allow retired parents to migrate to the country?

Canada: You can sponsor your parents for immigration once you become a permanent resident of Canada, subject to some other conditions. Permanent residents have the same eligibility to sponsor parents ...
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Can I apply for a spouse visa for my husband when I am his second wife?

Your marriage will not be recognized in Australia. This page on the recognition of foreign marriages in Australia says: An overseas marriage is generally recognised in Australia if it was a valid ...
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UK EEA Family permit refused for spouse - reapply or appeal

We reapplied for EEA Family permit and my wife got the visa this time in 20 days approximately. I followed the guidelines from above answers by @gnasher729 and @phoog. I reapplied for my wife using ...
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France long stay student visa refused 3 times without any reason by French embassy New Delhi

Sadly, the most reasonable thing to do at this point is to find another school in another country, that's how bad the process is. If you still have any interest in France after this, it will be easier ...
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Can a foreign spouse move to US immediately after wedding?

There is no way to have a spouse move to the US immediately after marrying a US citizen abroad. The way to apply for immigration for a spouse who is abroad is to file the I-130 petition, wait for it ...
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Tier 4 dependent visa refused - Administrative review guidance needed

I wanted to give an update on this as people may come across this post and may be in a similar situation as I was. First to address the comments, the reason i did not go for a visitor visa was mainly ...
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EU citizen and EU child, non-EU spouse - Netherlands visa

Do we apply for a Schengen or MVV visa in South Africa to allow my wife to enter the Netherlands? It's not really clear whether they will process your application as an MVV application, but there is ...
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UK Citizen, Implications of losing my UK Residency?

Since you have a British passport, you are very very likely a British citizen, hence you don't need a visa to enter the country, nor would you ever need one. You can simply enter the country with your ...
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My employer is holding my passport

Talk to your embassy and the police, in that order. The passport is the property of your country, not you, and the company has absolutely no right to hold onto it. A stern phone call from either will ...
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What is the best way to move my family to the U.K. permanently?

The most straightforward route is working at a Tier 2 sponsored position for five years, followed by an application to settle in the UK. You should read the detailed guidance on the gov.uk website (...
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Can I get a UK visa as self employed?

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is for individuals that want to set up or run a business in the UK. It is the appropriate visa for a self-employeed individual. This requires you to have £50,000. Ideally ...
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What are the import charges or fees moving to the USA?**

I can't predict what, if anything, you will be charged. I can report some practical experience. I have got very, very good results, and no bills, from US customs by being absolutely straight and ...
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Permanent residency catch 22 : Can't get a job for PR, can't get PR without a job

The reason they are not willing to sponsor you for PR is that they can find employees who are as good (or better) for the job, but do not come with such requirement. Generally speaking for an employer ...
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Is there a type of French visa to bridge the gap between two visas?

A few options: Apply for an autorisation provisoire de séjour. Provided she graduated and her diploma meets the requirements, she can use that to look for work for up to 12 months. The fact she would ...
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I want to get my Mexican fiance permanent residency in the United States with drug conviction

The 10 years probably refers to the 10-year INA 212(a)(9)(A)(ii) ban for being deported from inside the US, which is already over. However, I believe he also has a lifetime INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(II) ban ...
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Does entering by a student visa and not attending the school cause the future ban of the entry in China?

The visa you get is not a six-month visa. It is a one-entry visa that enables you to enter China, go to the University, pay the application fee, get the documents and then apply for your six-month ...
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Cancelling non-immigrant B visa without going to Thailand

What you have is a non-immigrant visa that allows you to enter Thailand. If you do not use it, it simply expires. A non-immigrant B visa is not an "employment visa". It is a visa that allows you to ...
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