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When to tell a prospective partner about my immigration status?

I am residing illegally in a country (I would rather not say which one) and am dating. I reached out to a person on a dating site. We have only been on two dates, but I quite like them and the person seems very into me as well. I feel like since I asked them out the onus is more on me to tell them about my status than if they had asked me out. When should I tell? I want to wait in order to protect myself from even the slightest possibility of deportation, but I also want to be as honest and forthright as I can be to honor both the person I am interested in and myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2013 - 15 answers

U.S. citizen moving to Canada needs bank account

What's the easiest, best, and cheapest way for a U.S. citizen moving to Toronto to get a Canadian bank account? Ideally before I arrive, if that is possible. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Aug 21, 2013 - 24 answers

Cross-border marriage - what are the issues?

Due to a series of very bad events, my wife and I have ended up employed in two different countries. We are both American by nationality and university professors by profession, currently employed in the Netherlands. Her new position, for which she is applying for a visa now, is in Scotland. She cannot have her old job back, and I do not have a position in Scotland. So we are both foreigners in the countries in which we are employed, and we are (or, rather, will be soon) employed in two different countries. What are some of the immigration issues we need to consider here? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Aug 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Canadian grants for immigrant tech workers?

Are there any grants available to Canadian businesses that would fund them bringing in a worker outside the country (From the US) to work in Canada? [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Jul 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Immigration Marriage Fraud Sucks, Knowledgable Advice Please?

I am writing to humbly plead for your assistance as a victim of immigration fraud, advice and/or professional contacts anyone might have regarding my situation. My husband married me, got his greencard in mail and promptly fled, refusing to grant me an annulment. [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile on Jul 8, 2013 - 17 answers

How long should it take to process a US fiancé visa after the interview?

A dear friend of mine is getting married to an American, and she has applied for a fiancé visa. She has completed most of the steps required, and has received her immigration interview date - nine days before the date in which she had hoped to get married. Her interview is at the Brussels embassy, and we have no reason to believed that she will be rejected. For anyone who's had experience getting a fiancé visa, what was it like, and does it seem likely from your experience that she will receive the actual visa within nine days, or is it likely that she will need to reschedule?
posted by jlibera on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Welcome-to-Canada gifts for a young boy

A boy, age 8-ish, is immigrating to Canada from another highly industrialized country. He speaks no English and has had very little exposure to North American culture. Other than candy, books (we have plenty) and hockey-related items, what could I put in a "Welcome to Canada" gift basket that would serve as a crash course in pop culture here, so that he might have an easier time when school starts in September?
posted by paperback version on Jul 5, 2013 - 22 answers

Help me live in my own country (USA) with my Canadian wife! AAAH!

I came to Canada on a visa (NAFTA treaty visa, technical writer) and I met the love of my life and married her. I'm the breadwinner in Canada, and I have been since shortly after we moved in together. How on EARTH do I move her home with me??? [more inside]
posted by Jim On Light on Mar 12, 2013 - 36 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

There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief

I want to migrate in five years' time. What skills/qualifications can I pick up now that would allow me to get a fairly OK job offer? [more inside]
posted by swimmingly on Feb 26, 2013 - 9 answers

UK immigration - Tier 1 extension refused - need to appeal urgently

I applied last year to extend my Tier 1 (General) Visa and it was refused last week. The Home Office's refusal letter said the evidence to support the income claimed did not meet documentary requirements. I need to appeal by Tuesday next week or lose my right to appeal and face deportation. Panicking and wading through masses of contradictory advice. Please help... [more inside]
posted by MrChuckles on Feb 20, 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

Divorce and immigration attorney in Philadelphia area

I need recommendations for an attorney in the Philadelphia area, who can handle divorce and custody cases where one party (myself) is a non-US citizen, who is here on a marriage-based Green Card. The Card itself is about 2 years old.
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Seeking professional UK immigration advice while living in the US

How can I find a lawyer or similar professional with experience in applying for EEA Family Permits in the UK, while I am still living in the US? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2013 - 3 answers

When is a family not a family?

Are the mother and father of a child in a family relationship with one another if they are not married and not partners in any way except as co-parents? [more inside]
posted by londongeezer on Nov 2, 2012 - 12 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

undocumented narratives

Looking for first-person narratives from undocumented immigrants to the United States. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Oct 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Why do some types of people tend to work in certain types of places?

Why do I so rarely see first-generation Chinese immigrants working in ethnically diverse businesses, while I so often see Latino immigrants working in just about every type of business? One thousand qualifiers and anecdata inside. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Oct 17, 2012 - 25 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

Seattle children potential homelessness

Seattle child services question: pending homelessness for 2 undocumented children... [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Aug 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Have leaders of non-Christian religious faiths spoken out publicly on the immigration issue in the United States?

Have leaders of non-Christian religious faiths spoken out publicly on the immigration issue in the United States? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet on Aug 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Help my wife prove her identity to the German Consulate

My wife, a card-carrying permanent resident alien living in the U.S., allowed her German passport to expire and is seeking a renewal through the German Consulate in New York City. She has her documentation mostly in order, including German birth certificate, but needs to show proof of a name change that took place during an adoption in Iowa when she was four years old. Difficulty: Iowa adoption records are sealed. Looking for advice on how to best request a copy of the documentation, or provide a suitable alternative. Comprehensive details inside. [more inside]
posted by Joey Bagels on Jul 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Baby, please don't go!

My friend was offered a job several months ago, but the company screwed up his immigration paperwork and... yada yada yada, he may get deported in a month. Oh, and he's gay. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jul 21, 2012 - 9 answers

What does it mean to "leave" a country on a passport?

What does it mean to "leave" a country on a passport (specifically, the US)? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Jul 9, 2012 - 8 answers

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

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