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Dutch Big Brother

Does the Netherlands keep any records of the foreigners who have previously lived in the country? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra on Jul 3, 2012 - 2 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

Common Law, Taxes and Immigration in Canada without SIN

My common-law partner and I are in the process of filing forms for her sponsorship of me to receive permanent resident status in Canada. She changed her marital status to common-law on her most recent tax forms (we have been living together since 2009). She is now being audited by Revenue Canada, since this reflects a change from her last tax return and how her GST/HST refunds are calculated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me lawyer up!

I've got a special-snowflake immigrations issue that leads me to believe I no longer know enough to handle the problem. I need to meet with an immigrations lawyer/consultant. But how do I choose? (Location filter: Montreal) [more inside]
posted by cinoyter on Jun 1, 2012 - 10 answers

How hard is it for an American to move to England/Scotland/Wales?

How hard is it for an American to move to England/Scotland/Wales? [more inside]
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? on May 28, 2012 - 9 answers

I moved. The cheese stayed where it was. Now it doesn't return my calls.

What should I do instead of online journalism? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2012 - 6 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

How to determine immigration status of ex-wife after immigration/marriage fraud?

I, a U.S. citizen, married a foreign national some time ago and helped her obtain conditional permanent resident status as a result of the marriage. I subsequently discovered that she had no intent of engaging in a legitimate marital relationship with me and, instead, had married me for the sole purpose of becoming a permanent resident of the United States. Upon this discovery, I filed for an annulment but was instead granted a divorce (details inside). My immigrant ex-wife will soon need to apply (via the I-751 process) to convert her "conditional" permanent resident status to "true" permanent resident status if she wishes to remain in the United States legally (which she does). I do not know whether she will be granted this status, but I would like to find out whether or not she does attain it. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I might find this out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2012 - 11 answers

UK citizen in US, divorcing, what forms to fill out?

I am a soon-to-be-divorced UK citizen (soon-to-be ex-wife is American) with a permanent resident card (expires 2019). Married in May 2007, came here September 2010, divorcing either this month or next. I'm moving to San Francisco end of May 2012. What, if anything, do I have to tell INS regarding my marital status? And which forms to fill out? [more inside]
posted by slater on Apr 2, 2012 - 8 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

Is it possible to abandon a UK settlement visa if you move?

Is it possible to abandon your UK settlement visa? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Mar 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Standard medical clearance form?

Is there a standard medical clearance form for immigration purposes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 - 5 answers

UK immigration and Knowledge of Life

Does anyone have any experience with UK immigration and the Knowledge of Life exam? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Mar 13, 2012 - 4 answers

What does a Canadian expat moving to Chicago need to consider?

I am a Canadian expat currently living in the UK and I might be moving to Chicago. What kind of things do I need to consider? What are the differences in employment benefits that I need to look out for? I'm married. What are the work visa issues for spouses of someone with a work visa? Where in Chicago can you live (rent) without a car and still have a garden? What am I forgetting?
posted by srboisvert on Mar 11, 2012 - 11 answers

name help please!

question about immigration related name changes, also immigration k1 visa related- details inside [more inside]
posted by saraindc on Feb 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Can my undocumented friend drive my car? Can I drive his? How do we stay safe?

Can my undocumented friend drive my car? Can I drive his car? Will my insurance cover it and am I putting myself or him (or other drivers) at any risk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 - 9 answers

help me think through visa and immigration for my partner and child

I am uk citizen, my partner is Japanese and here in the uk on a working holiday visa which expires mid March. She is pregnant and will give birth in September, ideally in japan, and at the end of 2012 or the start of 2013 we’d like to return to the uk. [more inside]
posted by runrunrun on Feb 8, 2012 - 6 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

Immigrant Country

For immigrants or those who know immigration stories: why did you immigrate to the USA? (the more specific, the better) [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Jan 15, 2012 - 33 answers

Lawyer in which country?

For an Australian citizen thinking of moving to the United States, is it better to see an immigration lawyer in Australia, or one in the US, for consultation? This assumes that one is currently in Australia, but travels occasionally to the US. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Gun ownership rules for a permanent resident in California

Does a permanent resident (green card holder) living in California have the legal right to own a gun? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on Jan 7, 2012 - 6 answers

As a consultant-owner of a new US company, what do I need to know about doing business in Canada?

I just started a new (technology) consulting business. We are incorporated in the US (Inc, not LLC). One of my first clients is located in Canada. You aren't my lawyer. The client wants to start work next week. The engagement will last about a week. What do I need to know (visa?, taxes?) before heading to Canada next Monday? [more inside]
posted by arimathea on Dec 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Did my German ancestors really need to know that much English?

Do immigrants need a higher level of proficiency in English to get along in the world today than our ancestors did when they immigrated? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Dec 7, 2011 - 19 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

Can someone with a caution for possession of cannabis go on holiday to the USA?

I was cautioned (not convicted) for possession of cannabis in 2003 in the UK. I understand that the USA is not very friendly towards people with drugs "offences" on their record and I'm wondering if I will have trouble travelling to Hawaii (via a four-day stopover in San Francisco) in the middle of next year.
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Can someone recommend me a good immigration lawyer?

Can someone recommend me a good immigration lawyer for EB-1a, EB1-b, and/or EB2-NIW? [more inside]
posted by jchaw on Nov 16, 2011 - 1 answer

Know any immigration lawyers in Kansai?

Can any of our Japan-based MeFites recommend an immigration lawyer in the Kansai area? [more inside]
posted by MShades on Nov 13, 2011 - 1 answer

Can I obtain a Tier 2 visa after doing a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa in the UK?

Can I obtain a Tier 2 visa after doing a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa in the UK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 - 1 answer

One way first class ticket to Albequerque^WRomania

Canadian citizens with a minor child investigating a year long stay with a Romanian grandparent. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me emigrate to AU/NZ

Help me emigrate to AU/NZ! [more inside]
posted by Alnedra on Oct 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Potential jobs in London?

UK (and especially London) folks, where should a returning US labor union staffer work in the UK? I’ll be returning to London (location non-negotiable) early next year after almost ten years in the US. I left the UK soon after I graduated (I’ve never held a career job there), and I’ve worked as a labor union staffer in the US, working my way up to positions with a good deal of strategic and management responsibility, but I'm absolutely open to a change... [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Oct 10, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I move to Canada?

I am a US citizen. I would like to move to Canada, where my Canadian girlfriend lives and works. My company here in the US is willing to let me telecommute. What are the legalities involved here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2011 - 15 answers

Best Gumbo in the Congo

Have you had good European or American food outside of America or Europe? If so, where and when? I was watching "No Reservations" on Netflix and was struck by how many Western countries had good examples of Eastern food. I haven't traveled in the East at all, but I can't help but think that the opposite must have happened. Please tell me if you've had great Smothered Chicken and Biscuits in Beijing. I want to hear!
posted by bswinburn on Sep 23, 2011 - 34 answers

Somewhere else and back again

How will change of address affect my trip overseas if I am on a temporary resident visa and still in the process of filing for removal of conditions? [more inside]
posted by wwax on Sep 23, 2011 - 1 answer

Does checking a BlackBerry count as working?

Will US Immigration get upset if I take my BlackBerry with me to the US on vacation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 - 11 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

Trouble at immigration if you don't know how long you will stay in Europe while backpacking?

I'm going to backpack around Europe for at least 2 months but basically until I get low on money or it gets too cold. Would I have a problem getting into the first country (possibly UK) without having a return ticket? (I will be flying home from whatever country is the last stop on my tour). Should I buy some kind of open-ended ticket? Surely this is a fairly common situation, what do people do to avoid hassle? (I am Canadian).
posted by GleepGlop on Aug 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Do I need a visa for a 7-week workshop?

Does a Canadian taking a 7-week workshop in the US need a visa? A non-profit organization is hosting the workshop, not an accredited school.
posted by JPDD on Aug 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Questions about an American couple moving to Canada.

American here, with spouse. Thinking of moving to Canada within 5 years, but retaining US citizenship (both of us). One of us has quite marketable skills, the other is on disability. Will one of us being on disability hurt our chances?? Where do we start looking to learn about this process? How long does it usually take? What can we do to increase our chances of making this change? Anonymous so that work and a few other people don't find out before we let them know.
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 - 13 answers

What unbiased book should I read on multiculturalism, immigration and Islam in Europe?

What politically neutral book(s) should I read on multiculturalism and Islam, immigration/integration politics and/or ethnic/religious tensions in Europe? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 25, 2011 - 11 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

Does The Uk Recognize US state-level Same Sex Marriages

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?
posted by The Whelk on Jul 20, 2011 - 27 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

Immigration lawyer in New York

I need an indication of a good immigration lawyer in NYC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Best of the Queb...ec and Ontario city events

What should I hit in Montreal and Toronto? I have two weeks available and I want to bend them around unmissable events in each city. Aug/Sept. [more inside]
posted by roobot on May 30, 2011 - 8 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

Visiting and then (maybe) living in Singapore

My husband and I have been long pondering our next move as a family, whether to move overseas or not. Today Singapore came up and surprisingly enough the idea is quite appealing - I hadn't even considered moving to Asia. So we're going on a fact-finding mission in July with the kids. There are a few things I'd like to try to work out in advance though... [more inside]
posted by tracicle on May 21, 2011 - 16 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

Need to get married fast.

Need to get married fast. Where is the best place in the world (outside of the US) to do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2011 - 9 answers

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