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How to study in Canada with an arrest on your record?

My partner and I are moving to Canada to get our PhDs and so we have to apply for study permits (we're US citizens). The application asks if you've been arrested, and my partner has been once. How do we explain the arrest on the application, how do we ensure his study permit isn't denied because of this? Is there anything special we should include? [more inside]
posted by jardinier on Mar 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Moving to Boston, MA from Auckland, NZ

I am emigrating to the the USA from New Zealand in a few weeks for work, but apart from the job I don't have much organised on the other side yet. Is there anyone else out there that has recently made a similar move? What difficulties did you encounter? What would you do differently? Any secret tricks for day-to-day living in the states (e.g.: setting up bank accounts, etc) that you can impart.
posted by AndrewStephens on Jan 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Very very old lost US passport - can an immigration lawyer help?

Technically I have dual Canadian/US citizenship as my father was a US citizen living in Canada when I was born. I had a passport in the mid-1980s as a small child, but it's long gone now. Who should I talk to about getting another one? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by jess on Oct 10, 2013 - 6 answers

What are my rights at an immigration checkpoint within the US?

This video of people refusing to answer questions at immigration checkpoints within the US--not at borders--was the subject of a bOINGbOING post, but it's not clear to me what my actual rights are and what the proper behavior is, if, indeed, I have the right to refuse to cooperate. [more inside]
posted by tippiedog on Mar 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Is it possible to leave the UK and still apply for leave to settle?

I am hoping to (eventually) settle in the UK permanently, but one of the requirements is worrying me somewhat, and I was hoping someone could clarify under what circumstances it is possible to leave the UK for short periods of time while on a Skilled Worker Visa. [more inside]
posted by kalimac on Jan 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Paperwork Galore

JapanVisaFilter - My visa period is almost up, and my contract is extended but not for a whole year. What's up? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Oct 23, 2012 - 5 answers

How to Start Over in America

How to help my girl stay busy / find work in our quest to move to the United States and start over. Lengthy soul-searching after the jump. [more inside]
posted by hobo gitano de queretaro on Oct 10, 2012 - 8 answers

What are my options for getting a U.K. visa?

I'm a U.S. Citizen and want to get a U.K. Visa, but I have to keep my U.S. job. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by thepalephantom on Sep 27, 2012 - 15 answers

INS vs True Love

Immigration Calibration: if the love-of-his-life returns to the Phillipines, will he ever see her again? Or rather, give me a general sense of how easy it would be for her to get another tourist visa to US; get visa to travel here for wedding, live here after marriage. [more inside]
posted by metahawk on Aug 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Can anyone give advice on moving to US/Canada for relationship?

He's American, I'm Canadian; we're not married - anyone have advice or experience with immigration either way to be together? [more inside]
posted by Serendipitous on Jun 6, 2012 - 26 answers

Five years? Really?

Urgent help needed: tourist visa has been denied from Mexico, what are the options? [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo on May 4, 2012 - 12 answers

"Aren't you a little young to be boarding a plane all by yourself?"

I'm a travel novice about to embark on a world tour with a deliberately fuzzy itinerary. Help me navigate the mysterious badlands of interacting with immigration & customs officials, rogue cops, and hostel mates. Time-saving travel "hacks" for quickening the visa approval process are also greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by identitymap on Mar 28, 2012 - 22 answers

El Norte

Illegal immigrant filter: I'm researching another short story. Civilian militias patrol US borders looking for illegals in the Southwest, but I don't understand the legal underpinnings. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Jan 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Should we bring a lawyer to my wife's visa interview?

Should we bring a lawyer along to my wife's green card interview, or not? I am tempted to say yes, since it wouldn't cost me anything extra, but I heard from an acquaintance who brought a lawyer to her green card interview that the interviewer did not like this (thought she had something to hide) and was hostile towards her. [more inside]
posted by verdeluz on Jan 24, 2012 - 16 answers

Man eight years younger than woman. Will this work?

Relationships in which the woman is older (8 years). Will this work for us? Do you know any couples like this? Advice? Please share. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Dec 7, 2011 - 55 answers

Help requested identifying a novel I read in the early 1990s involving Triads and illegal Chinese immigration.

Help requested identifying a novel I read in the early 1990s involving Triads and illegal Chinese immigration. There was an American who was tasked with transporting a Chinese illegal alien across parts of the western US in an automobile (car or pickup truck). I think his eventual destination was WA or OR, and parts of the story were in CA, in a sweatshop (I think). The Triads were involved. Any candidate titles or assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you Thank you Thank you.
posted by Ralph on Sep 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Living on the Edge... of Canadia

I'd like to move (from the USA) to Toronto for a year or so. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Jul 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Should I use a migration agent to handle my application to migrate to Australia from the U.S.?

Should I use a migration agent to handle my application to migrate to Australia from the U.S.? And if so, what's the best way to go about finding a good one? [more inside]
posted by milkcrateman on Jul 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Can a US citizen retire to Canada?

The earliest I could possibly retire is about 15 years away and I've been thinking about retiring in Canada somewhere. The catch: I'm a US citizen and I don't currently live or work in Canada. Am I kidding myself? [more inside]
posted by tommasz on May 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Do London taxis take payment in towels?

I am an obsessive worrier. I've just booked short-notice tickets to spend a week with friends in London. I know where my towel is, but that's about it. Help me do this without losing my shit over the many other small things I need to figure out. [more inside]
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE on May 18, 2011 - 41 answers

Job hunting in Canada

Where to start looking for web content (or similar) work in Canada? From New Zealand? [more inside]
posted by roobot on Apr 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Suffrage and the American Emigrant: Confusion Abroad.

I have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Am I permitted to register with the UK electoral roll if I am not yet a British citizen? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Mar 31, 2011 - 3 answers

ImmigrationFilter: What countries have had both breadth and depth in immigration?

What countries have had both breadth and depth in immigration? [more inside]
posted by AMSBoethius on Mar 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Can you fill in the blanks for me on this 19th century US citizenship law?

I recall reading somewhere about a 19th century American law whereby a child born in the US would be a citizen only if the father was a citizen and the child was male. It applied either to all non-whites or to only asians. I can't seem to find this anywhere. . . probably because I can barely remember the details! Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by abirdinthehand on Mar 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Don't deport her!

How long can EU citizens stay in the United States per year?  My girlfriend would like to stay with me for two-three months, then return home to work for a month, come back to the US for a couple months, etc. Will homeland security break up this arrangement after a while? Is there a limit to how many days per year she can stay in the US?  To be clear, she won't be working here. 
posted by pollex on Feb 15, 2011 - 6 answers

We really should have said something earlier

How do we tell his relatives that we got married...one year ago? [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on Feb 7, 2011 - 24 answers

What are my chances for landing a teaching job in the UK?

What are my chances for landing a teaching job in the UK if I have a related BA but little experience? [more inside]
posted by custardfairy on Feb 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Can I move to Canada if my boyfriend is offered a job there?

My boyfriend was recently laid-off from his job in a competitive industry where companies are concentrated in certain areas -- he can't find another job in the industry just anywhere. He is looking for a new job in the industry. We (both US citizens) plan to go together to whatever place he finds a job, and there are a good number of opportunities in Canada (relatively speaking), so we are trying to decide if he should apply for jobs there. If he were hired by a Canadian company, would I be able to move with him there, and work after a certain amount of time? [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Dec 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Help the Swede

How can someone from Sweden in the U.S. on an expiring H-1B visa stay here longer, preferably permanently? [more inside]
posted by huckit on Nov 3, 2010 - 7 answers

What's a good book on the lives of Hispanic immigrants?

What's a good book on the status of Hispanics in America? [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear on Sep 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Life for 19th century steerage passenger

Seeking to learn details of early 19th century transatlantic emigration. [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman on Sep 15, 2010 - 2 answers

Need Immigration Lawyer to help cut growing red tape.

Immigration Lawyer required for Calgary - any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by burhan on Sep 7, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I avoid getting my UK Visa application rejected?

I am a US graduate student, accepted into a graduate program in the UK. I have been having significant problems getting my UK Visa processed. I'm wondering if this is typical, and if I should be worried about my chances of going to the UK being jeopardized as a result of these difficulties? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 5, 2010 - 14 answers

(U.S.) Immigration for Dummies

I'd like to have a better understanding of the history of immigration in the United States, the U.S.'s current immigration policies, and proposals for reform. I'd prefer recommendations for books on the subject, but am open to other forms of information. In particular, I'd love 2 or 3 books that present competing views on the subject - from liberal and conservative viewpoints, insofar as there is a clear ideological divide on the subject. Bonus for books that provide some narrative regarding the experience of illegal immigrants across socioeconomic classes, geographic area in the U.S., and age ranges (kids and adults). Thanks!
posted by slide on Jul 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Flying from US-->Canada; where's customs?

I'm a U.S. citizen flying from NYC to Canada via Houston: in which airport will I do immigration and customs? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jul 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Shekou out!

Looking for recent feedback and tips on living in Shekou, China. We're transferring there with my company, they'll take care of the relocation, visas etc. so more general feedback on living conditions and things you wish you'd known/taken with you before arriving. I've seen the 2 Ask MeFi questions on Shekou & Shenzhen, does anyone have more up to date information? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Jun 23, 2010 - 1 answer

How did immigrants know to come for land?

Many early 19th century immigrants came to America for the opportunity to own land. How did they learn it was available? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman on Jun 8, 2010 - 19 answers

"But I'm not like, an alien, I'm Canadian!"

Do you know a good immigration lawyer in New York City for B1 visas? [more inside]
posted by ceribus peribus on Jun 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Help a Chinese immigrant in Vancouver

A friend has just moved from mainland China to Vancouver, BC. Her English is pretty good, but not perfect (she speaks Mandarin). Her only work experience is in teaching. I'm at the other end of the country, in Ontario, and want to do what I can to help her integrate and find work, but am hindered by my location and complete lack of immigration experience/knowledge. What helpful advice, tips, and resources can you share with her?
posted by Robot Johnny on Feb 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Do British cats live in rental properties?

Is it really that impossible to rent a place with a cat in the UK? Or, does nobody with a cat in the UK rent their home? [more inside]
posted by easternblot on Jan 12, 2010 - 19 answers

What must I do to teach in the US?

Hypothetically what if I, a New Zealander who has just graduated in New Zealand with a Bachelor's degree in teaching at primary/elementary level, wanted to teach elementary school in the US? What would I need to prove and do? [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Jan 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Traveling to Cuba, via Bahamas

How does one intrepid traveler explain the double stamp to the feds upon return to US soil from a trip that may or may not include Cuba? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Dec 21, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me track down my uncle's appearance on CNN's "American

Help me track down my uncle's appearance on CNN's "American Morning" this morning. [more inside]
posted by Roach on Nov 5, 2009 - 3 answers

How long for a Judge to communicate decision on a Political Asylum case?

ImmigrationLawFilter: How long for a Judge to communicate decision on a Political Asylum case? [more inside]
posted by 3dd on Sep 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Let's go to Little Canada!

A few months ago I read about French-Canadian immigration into the U.S. from the 1840s to 1930s. Evidently, some of these immigrants established "Little Canadas." I'd like to learn more about them. [more inside]
posted by Korou on Aug 31, 2009 - 17 answers

Diagram of the US immigration laws and process?

I recall seeing several times an excellent diagram that illustrates US immigration laws/policieis. I saw it via a link on the interwebs, but my Google Fu is betraying me, I cannot find it! [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek on Jun 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Moving from the UK to US on husband's work visa - can I work as self-employed/freelance for UK company?

My husband has been offered a great job in New York and we're looking to move out there in September (we're both British citizens currently living in the UK). He'll be on a work visa and I'll only have residence rights - can I work as self-employed, or freelance for a UK company, without a work visa? [more inside]
posted by hibbersk on Mar 19, 2009 - 2 answers

What was my great-great grandmother's occupation?

Please help with translating this ship manifest. [more inside]
posted by snugglebunny on Jan 8, 2009 - 8 answers

How to travel to the US without a passport as a US citizen.

How do I travel from the UK to the US as a US citizen if I don't have a passport or a valid driver's license? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Nov 13, 2008 - 10 answers

Unmarried academics seek UK immigration advice

How can I accompany my unmarried non-same-sex partner who has been offered a job in the UK? [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed on Nov 3, 2008 - 13 answers

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