My brother, a US citizen, has been living in Southeast Asia for over ten years and has a same-sex partner. They were married in the U.S. about two years ago, and are applying for a green card for the partner. They intend to move to the States next year as soon as that process is completed. But having not lived here for so long, he is not sure where a good place for them would be. He has asked me to help them find a region to move to. [more inside]
I've seen a lot of advice for US citizens who wish to take care of their affairs post-Trump, but what are some useful measures for people in the US not as citizens (visa-holders, undocumented, Green Cards) to take care of themselves? [more inside]
We are a small company, just shy of 100 people and applying for a green card for an employee via EB-2 Category. Will the lawyers do everything or do we the HR department need to do something to make this process easier for us?
The article - Why expat Americans are giving up their passports got me thinking whether my decision to pursue my permanent residence in the US is the right one. Please help me think through this. [more inside]
I'm in the US on an F-1 visa, finished my Ph.D. and am currently on the post-degree OPT period which expires next May. My girlfriend and I have decided to get married so that I can stay in the country. We're in a bona fide relationship but have only been dating a couple of months, don't live together, and don't have the kinds of documents that most married couples can show to prove their marriage (e.g. joint lease / bank accounts). We’re getting a lawyer, but are also hoping to get some advice here from people who have been through the green card process. [more inside]
I am a greencard holder. When I applied for my greencard I was a citizen of an EU country. It seems that I am not not a citizen of this country anymore, but am still a citizen of another country (non-EU) in West Europe. What happens if I want to leave/re-enter the USA using my greencard with a passport I have not used to enter/leave the US before. Does anyone have a good contact to get a solid answer about this? Or - even more basic - what happens when I try to leave the US with a passport I have not used to enter it?
YANA/MI(mmigration)L, but can you help parse what a friend who is an immigration lawyer is saying relating to US green cards, especially the EB-1? [more inside]
How can I help my very qualified colleague get through the US immigration maze? [more inside]
If someone is a 65+ recent green card holder with only 3 years work experience in the US and who hasn't lived continuously in the US for 5 years (but has visited every year for several months for a decade), they don't qualify for free or even paid Medicare. What is the best health insurance plan for them if they spend 5-7 months in the US, and the rest in their home country in Asia? Are they best off with an Obamacare plan, or some kind of special immigrant health insurance, or what? Thanks.
H1-B to TN-1 to GC? My actual immigration lawyer is suggesting that we use TN-1 status to bridge the gap between the end of my 6th year of H1-B and PERM approval. Will using a non-dual intent status to fill this gap negatively affect a future employment based green card application? [more inside]
What exactly has my father gotten himself, and is it legal? Is there a "green card" in BC that permits the purchase, use and possession of marijuana? [more inside]
I’m a US citizen engaged to non-US citizen. After the marriage, we’re planning to live in his home country, not the US. In other words, he will not be applying for a green card. However, we would like to get married in the US. Our thought was for him to enter the US on a tourist visa, get married, then he’ll return to his home country and I’ll begin the process for applying for the equivalent of a green card in his country. [more inside]
I am a US Citizen applying for a greencard for my Chinese wife so she can join me in the US. I am filing the I-130. If anyone has any advice in the process (such as what materials to include alongside the application), I would welcome the advice. Thx, -Matt
I'm in a bind. Six years ago I made the mistake of entering grad school in a humanities field, in which pretty much the only career trajectory is to become an academic. I'm now pretty sure I wouldn't be happy in a standard academic job. However, I have few other marketable skills. There's the added complication that I'm a foreign student without a green card, so if I quit the program, or finish and fail to find a job, I'd have to leave the US and go back to my home country, which I don't want to do. I feel there must be possible courses of action which I'm not seeing, and would appreciate help finding them. [more inside]
You are not my immigration attorney and I'm not expecting legal advice, but thoughts on green card renewal would be much appreciated. [more inside]
Does a permanent resident (green card holder) living in California have the legal right to own a gun? [more inside]
Am I being used or am I hyper-sensitive about this issue? [more inside]
Is it inappropriate to mention immigration status in a thank you letter following a job interview? [more inside]
I'm a dude going to marry a dude in New York State. Said dude I am going to marry is a resident alien from the UK. Will the UK recognize the marriage? Does he become an American Citizen by marrying him? Does that counteract his UK citizenship? What are my rights, here?
Asking for a friend, and I understand that YANAL,YANML. A friend was recently contacted by a prospective employment agency telling her that according to the SSA, she was not an American citizen. [more inside]
How to stop getting stopped when I legally enter the US with my Green Card? Immigration officers pull me out of line and claim I am a former student visa violator. But, they won't tell me how to learn more or fix this. Help! [more inside]
Can someone recommend a good immigration lawyer/law firm in Manhattan? I need someone/practice with deep expertise in H1B and greencard applications(EB1a, EB1b, and NIW). [more inside]
I am an English citizen living in the USA on an R1 (religious worker) visa. I would like to apply for a green card and need legal advice. More inside. [more inside]
How do I find out what address the USCIS has for us? [more inside]
I am a green card holder resident in the US. Am I allowed to buy a gun?
My wife and I live outside the United States. We are both U.S. citizens. We currently employee a full-time nanny for our daughter. Our nanny is from the Philippines and she is awesome. She is not a U.S. citizen. Eventually we will be moving back to the U.S. What is the likelihood that we could take our nanny with us when we move back? What would we have to do to make this possible?
My sister and I suspect that our mother may have recently gotten married. Her boyfriend is Indian and they live in California, but the marriage also could have happened in Canada, or in India. How can I find out? [more inside]
I'm 25 and a Permament Resident of the United States. I want to apply (and am eligible) for citizenship. Stupidly, I neglected to register for Selective Service until now. However, I was able to get my registration processed before my upcoming 26 birthday (the absolute deadline for registration). Can I apply for citizenship, or will I not have the requisite five years of good moral character, since I haven't registered until very recently?
US permanent resident, applying for citizenship. I've made many brief road-trips to Canada over the past five years to see my family and can't possibly remember them all. There are also two trips to Europe I can't precisely date. The citizenship application requires that I report all trips out of the country. What should I do? I really don't want to wait another five years for citizenship. Can I ask to view my entry/exit record with USCIS so as to be able to reconstruct my travels on that basis? Is there a better way to do this?
Green-card-via-quickie-marriage-filter.... [more inside]
Green Card Lottery. Are my chances better if I state my country of birth as Australia or PNG? [more inside]
International Marriage filter: When a US Citizen marries a foreigner, what process is involved in bringing the new spouse to the US and getting permanent resident status? [more inside]
Social Security card confusion? Doesn't have the "valid for work only with DHS Authorization" wording? Eh? [more inside]
I, an immigrant on F-1 (expired, though I am still on status), am going to get married to an American next month. We decided that I should apply for work authorization and permanent residency. Some questions … [more inside]
An Ethiopian friend, who has her green card, would like to bring over her sister's youngest son (I believe he is eight years old) to live with her in Washington, DC. Is this even possible and how likely is this to happen in the near future?
Is this illegal? I'm a Canadian living in the US legally but not allowed to work. I run an online business based out of Canada (use a Canadian address for all payments, bank account etc...). I suppose I'm working for a Canadian company (my own) but living in the US. Additionally, and I haven't done this yet, would importing revenues from the business to use for living expenses affect the legality?
[independence day filter] so how do I become a citizen? [more inside]
Immigration through spouse: should I get a lawyer or can we file on our own and still get the greencard within reasonable time? I am already in the US on H1B work visa. I have been living in the US for over 7 years now. My wife is a born citizen.
I'm a 2 Year Green Card holder married to a US citizen (I came on a K1 Visa). Now we're filing I-751 - Removal of conditions on permanent residency. Will USCIS visit us at home to see if there's [more inside]
The INS made a mistake and took away my friend's green card. What can she do? [more inside]
Can someone refer me to an immigration lawyer in CA? I'm trying to find out if applying for a Green Card is the only way to go about trying to secure permanent residency in the US. [more inside]
Green Card Filter - Affordable immigration lawyer who specializes in National Interest Waiver (NIW - EB2) category preferably with a track record? [more inside]
Seeking advice from US citizens who have married foreigners who happened to be illegal. [more inside]
Has anyone used USCIS' new InfoPass program to receive their green card? (more inside) [more inside]
Any immigration experts in the house? [more inside]