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For questions about the legal process of becoming a resident or citizen of another country or about the laws governing entry of people into a country.

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Can a refugee use the Refugee Convention to defend against a charge of illegal entry?

Following up on Is criminal prosecution of asylum seekers who entered the US illegally a violation of the Refugee Convention?: Suppose someone were prosecuted for illegal entry, having admittedly ...
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Can male guardians prevent Egyptian women from leaving the country?

As an unmarried adult Egyptian woman living abroad with a valid Egyptian passport, can my father/brother/... stop me, by law, from leaving Egypt after a visit there? I know I don't need to show a ...
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Mother's name is different in mine and siblings documents

My mother's name has changed from C P Lissykutty to Lissy Varghese, a few years after her marriage. So my mother's S S L C it's C P Lissykutty and in all other documents such as state Identity card, ...
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Power of Attorney Visa Application

I am a US Citizen currently in Bulgaria with my girlfriend. I was a previously a contractor in the Middle east and came to Bulgaria straight from my last contract - on a passport (90 days validity) ...
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I have stamped H-1B but not yet travelled. Current employer wants to file L-1

I have a valid stamped H-1B from a US based employer, but not yet travelled. Now my current employer wants me to send to US on L-1 visa. How does this affect my H-1B status? And can I use this H-1B ...
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Question regarding date of entry for form I-765 [migrated]

I am a US Citizen. My spouse who is a Vietnamese citizen in the US on an F-1 visa and I traveled to Canada for a day trip. She got an entry stamp into Canada but no stamp re-entering USA. The trip ...
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Shopping for US immigration lawyers: What to ask in consultation?

I am in the process of finding an attorney to help with my Green Card application. I consider myself very knowledgeable about this subject, but I am not an expert nor do I have any personal experience....
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Is criminal prosecution of asylum seekers who entered the US illegally a violation of the Refugee Convention?

The United States is a party to the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, and Article 1, paragraph 1 of that protocol incorporates Articles 2-34 of the 1951 Convention Relating to the ...
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How does one handle Item 57 on I-130 if the beneficiary lives in the US but has a foreign name?

On USCIS I-130, Part 4, Item 57, it asks for the name and foreign address. However, my spouse is living in the US with me, so does not currently have a foreign address. Should I just write the name ...
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How does Judge Boasberg’s court order affect asylum seekers who crossed the border illegally?

If someone comes to America seeking asylum, the first step is for them to have a Credible Fear interview with a USCIS Asylum Officer to find out if they have a credible fear of persecution if they ...
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When is the effective date for travel ban?

In the White House travel ban announcement Under the Section 7 part (a) I can see that: The restrictions and limitations established in section 2 of this proclamation are effective at 3:30 p.m. ...
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Does money make it easier to become a naturalized US citizen?

I'm family friends with some undocumented immigrants, one of whom is a DACA recipient. With everything the Trump administration and Republicans have been doing it's made me pretty angry and honestly ...
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How does Judge Sabraw’s injunction on family separation impact the Flores consent decree?

US District Judge Dana Sabraw just issued a court order prohibiting family separation of people crossing the border illegally and requiring reunification of those families. Here is what it says in ...
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Does being in DHS custody awaiting criminal prosecution count as “time served”?

A few months ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a "zero tolerance policy", requiring the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute every single person caught crossing the border ...
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When will a passport be needed to go the UK from the EU?

When the UK was a member of the EU there was no need for a passport to visit the UK. It was enough with a ID card from your EU country or a driving license. As brexit process is going on when are EU ...
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I am an American about to marry a Russian girl in Russia. Do I need a pre-nup?

My fiance is not a "Russian bride"; she's a real girl I've been dating for a year, we love each other, and want to get married. If we marry in Russia, do I need a pre-nup? If we later on get a ...
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At what point do immigrants acquire the right to due process

I am asking this because president Trump is calling for sending immigrants who approach the border from Mexico to be sent back without due process. I strongly suspect that it is illegal but a lot of ...
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Evil mother filed missing person report after kicking out adult daughter. Any way to dismiss it?

Alright, so my girlfriend and I were planning to move in together sometime next month. We've been in a long distance relationship for over 2 years and have never met in person until now. She was in ...
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Can a nation A stop nation B from issuing visas to citizens of nation A?

How would it legally work? For example, could India force U.S. consulates to stop issuing H-1B visas, or other specialized visas, by claiming it amounts to poaching of important human resources? ...
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Is illegally crossing the U.S. border a “serious” crime?

First, I'll acknowledge that "serious" is subjective, however there is (probably) consensus that sentences imposed are reflective of the seriousness of a crime. USAtoday (6-18-18) USA TODAY ...
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What happens after a border conviction?

This recent Article Here raises the question of what happens after a US border conviction. On Monday, (6-18-18) agents brought a Honduran man, Mariano Torres-Perdomo, into court to face a ...
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Does federal law require people criminally prosecuted to be in federal jail?

A few months ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a "zero tolerance policy", requiring the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute every single person caught crossing the border ...
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Are UK Tier 4 visa holders permitted to have royalty income?

I am going to the UK for an MA degree. According to the Tier-4 rules, I am not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week or be self-employed. I currently have a published book, and I receive ...
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ILR based on Tier 2 category, salary threshold reduction because of paternity leave

I will be on 2 weeks paternity leave which will reduce my salary, even though it will be above threshold but still I would like to know... Does salary reductions because of paternity leave still need ...
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Is it legal to sell holidays back to employer in UK

I would like to know if it's legal to sell holidays back to employer in UK ? My employer don't have any issue with this but I want to know if it's legal as I will be applying for ILR soon and need to ...
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Non US citezen employment in the US

I am about to graduate college in the US with a math and computer science double major. I am trying to get a job at a company that is contracted by the government/military, but I am not a US citizen. ...
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Legal Alien Eligible for Medicare Without Working in US

I am a 35 year old US citizen with a good job, company provided health care, benefits, etc... My wife is a 50 year old Japanese citizen registered as a legal permanent resident alien. We have been ...
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Returning to US on F1 STEM OPT while EB-1B/EB-2 NIW is in process

I am on F-1 STEM OPT in the US (no H-1B yet, since it's a lottery every year). My employer wants to apply for EB-1B (green card) since my lawyer thinks I may qualify, although each application is ...
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Can I refuse to turn over my digital devices at the border?

Let's say I'm coming into the USA. A border guard says they want to inspect my digital devices. Can I refuse, turn around, and just not enter the USA ,get back on a plane, turn around and drive back, ...
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UK - Does an employer need to complete a right to work check for a volunteer?

In the UK, does an employer need to perform a right to work check on volunteers? Every year, NHS doctors and nurses volunteer to assist. I believe it is volunteering, not voluntary work (they don't ...
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Marrying an immigrant and siging a prenup

I've been dating a man who's a Mexican immigrant. We want to get married but he wants me to sign a prenup. He has condos and restaurants and I have nothing right now. Some of his properties and ...
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In the U.S.A., how much do you need to make from a project before it becomes a business?

So lets say you do not have a U.S. citizenship but you spend a lot of time in the U.S. You buy products and create goods from them which you resell (say you build sheds out of wood or something of the ...
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Is it difficult/legal to know of someone travelled abroad from the USA?

In the whole case for/against the Steel dossier, it is said that Michael Cohen traveled to Prague to meet with people which Cohen denies. https://www.vox.com/2018/4/13/17236660/michael-cohen-prague-...
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Can an immigrant create a new business while their green card is pending?

My fiance is hoping to form a new business in the United States, but she is wondering if she can create a new business (example, LLC) while her green card is pending?
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change of `home office` address while on f1-stem-opt-extension and awaiting h1b lottery results

I'm on an F-1 STEM OPT working remotely from Dallas, Texas for a Company C with head quarters in state Y. Company C filed the H1-B for me with the listed location of Dallas and location Y as two ...
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How can immigrants in the US get paid as owners of companies when they can't be paid as workers?

I have been interested in starting a company as an immigrant but don't understand what the law is for paying myself from the company or in what capacity I could legally work in the company. I have ...
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Immigration Status after Marriage

My boyfriend and I have a long-distance relationship for a while now. I visit him in Japan, and he visits me in New York, but we are separated by a huge distance. I want to propose to him so he can ...
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What if a US dual citizen gets a US visa stamp on his foreign passport?

I was born in Canada but became a US citizen through my US citizen father at birth. My father lives in the US, so I came down here to acquire proof of my US citizenship (which of course I now have!) ...
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Can I refuse to answer a question asked by US Census taker by invoking the 5th Amendment?

Refusal to answer census questions is covered under 13 USC Sec 221, providing for a fine of no more than 100.00; that acknowledged, can a person elect to refuse to answer a specific question because ...
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Can states legitimately enact immigration law or policy that is contrary to federal immigration law?

Federal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii) says Any person who encourages or induces an alien to reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard ...
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Does anyone know under which law can the British Home Secretary issue Laissez-passers

I remember reading that the British Home Secretary has 4 different subsections under which he can provide an individual with a laissez-passer. The last of the 4 read something along the lines "...
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Can my skip-level manager provide Employment Verification Letter for PERM

I am preparing my application for PERM labour certification towards US green card application. There have been a few changes in my team situation: the manager to whom I used to report when I moved ...
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Having an internship having a J-1 two year requirement

I am currently a student in the US on J-1 visa. My visa is expiring soon and I need to go back to my country for 2years as I am subject to the 2year requirement. However, I want to have an internship ...
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Moving with my children to the US after marriage

What would I need to do to have my minor sons move to the states after marriage? My boys are 11 and 13. I plan on marrying my fiance who lives in Washington, but I will not move without my sons.
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Will a Muslim with multiple wives who travels to the U.S. be charged with polygamy?

If you are a Muslim with multiple wives, and you travel to the U.S., will you be charged with polygamy? What if you are also a U.S. citizen? (I'm just curious how this works for people from Saudi ...
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OPT extension and I-983 after change of Employer

If I change my employer before renewing OPT, do I need to fill out two I-983 for OPT extension? I have asked my new employers to fill their portion but I've not started to work for them yet to ask ...
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Employer green card sponsorship after termination

This question is a follow-up of my previous question. So I've been told to leave the company yesterday. Now my question is regarding the Green Card application. So I've been sponsored for EB1-B ...
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Can someone who primarily lives abroad vote in America if they happen to be a citizen?

An acquintance of mine is in an interesting situation. This person is a student in America, but their primary residence, personal upbringing, and national identity belong to another country. However,...
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special counsel indictments

Sixteen counts of conspiracy to defraud the US Government https://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-resource-manual-923-18-usc-371-conspiracy-defraud-us by obstructing official activities of the DOJ and ...
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Is the US federal executive allowed to misrepresent federal law?

The US Department of Homeland Security is misrepresenting federal law on its page of frequently asked questions about the biometric exit system that is currently being developed. In particular, they ...