Questions tagged [immigration]

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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Entry to US on green card. Do I have to present a passport of the country of origin or should any passport suffice (or ID)?

I'm a dual citizen with 2 passports. Let's say passport A and passport B. Passport A is the country of birth / country of origin. Passport B I acquired later in life before immigration to US. Upon ...
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Is it illegal to withhold someone's passport and green card in California?

June 17, 2019 - My uncle's daughter is the petitioner in Beaumont California (father and daughter relationship). Before my uncle left the daughter's house, He asks for his Philippine passport and U.S. ...
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How has the difficulty of getting an O-1B visa increased in the last 3 years? [migrated]

The change in the presidential administration might have something to do with this, but everyone is telling me that the hurdle of straight approval of O-1B has gotten higher. Attorneys say they get ...
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Data retention for EU citizens travelling between UK and EU during Brexit transition/implementation period

Context: I'm an EU citizen studying in the UK. When I travel to my home country in the EU (for example through a direct flight or by train), and then return to the UK, some of my personal information ...
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Form I-130: Does a sponsor having a medical marijuana dispensary on their employment history risk rejection?

Simple question, will my sponsor having employment history with a medical marijuana dispensary cause her application to be rejected? Follow-up: Will the sponsor be required to take a medical ...
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O-1B: Extension of Stay vs. New Fully Documented Petition

The following is an excerpt from ArtistFromAbroad, a very helpful resource site for petitioning for O-1B: Even if the artist is already in the U.S. in O-1B status, you are not confined to filing a ...
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Can lawful permanent residents be deported from the US for arriving at a port of entry without a green card?

Suppose a green card holder arrived on a flight to the US, but at some point during the flight, lost their green card and therefore could not present it to CBP. It seems that this person would be an ...
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Tier 2 Visa to Spouse Visa (UK) - claim income tax?

I am a UK citezen and my wife is on a Tier 2 General visa. We would like to apply for Spouse visa so that she is able to find work with other companies (her present visa is issued for a specific ...
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Do H1B visa holders allowed to use Patreon to get extra income?

Could anyone explain if H1B visa holders legally allowed to use Patreon or similar services to get some extra income or not?
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Can Australian citizenship be revoked for a long period of absence from Australia?

I moved to work in Australia about 10 years ago, got there a permanent Australian visa as an employer-nominated skilled migrant, and became an Australian citizen by conferral about four years ago from ...
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Naturalization: No divorce papers

I will apply for naturalization soon. I answered the question of martial status as divorced (this is the real situation), but I have no divorce documents to provide because both (me and my ex-wife) ...
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Temporary French residency and foreign driving licenses

Residents of France who hold a non-EU, non-EEA license to drive may continue to use that license for up to one year after establishing residency, subject to certain conditions. The relevant law may ...
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What is the US standard for reasonable detention duration for immigration checks?

The CBP has the authority to conduct inspections within 100 miles of borders. This region engulfs major cities (NYC, LAX, etc.) as well as populous states like Florida. If the response to an agent's ...
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Could the administration justify a rescission of DACA with being anti-Latino?

Let's assume that the Supreme Court will let stand the lower courts' decisions: That rescinding DACA for the bare-bones reason that it is illegal does not meet the criteria laid out in the ...
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Leave Germany for few months after having registered

I am a an Italian university employee in Munich. I have rented a flat until the end of November and I did the "Anmeldung" in the offices of the burgeburo. Now I need to leave Germany for 4 months due ...
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Is it illegal for a family member to keep a U.S. certificate of naturalization or passport from its adult owner?

In the U.S. is it legal for a family member to withhold certificate of naturalization & passport from another legal adult? What can be done to retrieve the documents?
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US Permanent Resident : Risking naturalization if international travel is more than six months?

I am a permanent resident of US having green card for last three years. This year on 25th July, I traveled to my home country and will go back to states on 17 Jan 2020. I would have spend close to six ...
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Section, sentence, nos. (German immigration law)

Section 18b of the Act on the Residence, Economic Activity and Integration of Foreigners in the Federal Territory contains the next text: A foreigner who has successfully completed his studies at a ...
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E2 Visa company converted from LLC to C-Corp

I'm just about to apply for a E2 visa for my LLC corp formed in Wyoming. I've been accepted into a startup accelerator program that requires us to be a C-Corp. Will changing the companies structure ...
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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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What would happen if an illegal immigrant's country of citizenship can't be established?

Imagine a person is detained for being an illegal immigrant in the US, fully admits it, and makes zero attempt to contest their deportation. However, this person refuses to state what country they're ...
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Is it illegal to smoke marijuana, or be caught with it, or both?

I am currently watching a TV show called Border Security, and in this show, immigration officers interview potential candidates for entry into their country, in suspicion that they may have something ...
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Cyclic definition of “US Person” by the IRS

The IRS classifies taxpayers into categories of "US Person" and "Foreign Person" based on their immigration status. However, the definition appears to be cyclical: According to the IRS: The term ...
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Is the use of language other than English 'Reasonable Suspicion' for detention?

The ACLU indicates: Generally, an immigration officer cannot detain you without “reasonable suspicion.” An immigration officer also cannot search you or your belongings without either “probable cause”...
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Fastest Way to become a US Citizen

Fastest Way to become a US Citizen → In general, getting a US citizenship is a tedious process it takes a lot of time. If someone starts a Business in the USA after coming from India and gives ...
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Article 116(2) Citizenship Restoration - Germany

I'm trying to determine if I might be eligible for German citizenship under Article 116(2) of the Basic Law. Article 116(2) affords restoration of citizenship for those who were stripped of it by the ...
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Why does the CBP border zone nearly touch Reno, Nevada?

The CBP is authorized to do citizen checks within 100 miles of the US border. The ACLU shows this on a map, here. Now, Lake Michigan counts as a national border, probably because of the Boundary ...
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Passport requirements for travel between a US territory and a US state

I am trying to find out what US law says about foreign travelers flying between US territories and the "mainland." For example, flying from Guam to Hawaii or from Puerto Rico to Florida. 8 CFR 215.1(...
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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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Self-deportation of American Citizens from US

It is conceivable that US citizens detained at CBP will self deport to exit overcrowded CBP detainment facilities avoid lengthy detainments (>20 days). How would a US citizen's self-deportation ...
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ICE Detention of US Citizen

I hope that it is obvious from the questions my inquiry is NOT politically motivated, but seek to understand how citizens can avoid repeating a similar long-term detention. A US citizen was detained ...
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US domestic flight crosses into Canada - what is the legal situation?

It's common for US domestic flights to cross into Canadian or Mexican airspace. For example, a flight from Alaska to New York, Seattle to Boston, or Hawaii to Texas would likely cross into foreign ...
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Immigrating to Canada from the UK - sponsored by a spouse or skilled worker?

My Canadian fiancée is currently living with me here in the UK on a 2 year Tier 5 Working Holiday Visa. We are getting married towards the end of that visa's validity (in Canada). We are currently ...
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What is the legal background for confiscating cell phones of detained asylum seekers?

On the US southern border, some of the arriving people are detained currently. It is irrelevant here why and how that happens. Cell phones are confiscated when a person found to be an illegal ...
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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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If a USA citizen marries a foreign citizen who has a kid from a previous marriage [closed]

I have a niece who is divorced and we want her to get rehabilitated and one possibility is that she may marry a USA citizen. She has a 11-year-old son from a previous marriage. I looked in Google ...
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Should I seek the services of a lawyer when marrying my girlfriend who is on a J1 student visa?

We are planning on getting married. I am a US citizen and she is a student here on a J1 visa from Germany. She does not have a residency requirement. We have been together nearly 2.5 years and have ...
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American citizenship that got lost in the family

I am a non-American individual and think I have a right for American citizenship. The father of my grandma (dead) was American (he was born there), but my grandma (alive) did not get citizenship for ...
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How best to extend UK Partner Visa from U.S.?

I have a UK partner Visa that is expiring on June 13, 2019. I am a U.S. citizen currently living in NYC. My partner is British and we have a 2.5 year old son. What is the best (easiest and most cost ...
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EB-3 (Green card) case in different county from the company's current address

I work for a Marin County based company as a foreign self-employed freelance contractor (software developer), and my client wants to open an office in Los Angeles and invited me to work there. How ...
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Can an illegal immigrant be buried in the United States of America by relatives?

I have heard it said that an illegal immigrant cannot be buried in the United States. That makes no sense: if an unlucky illegal immigrant with no family is killed, I am sure the Government would ...
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Census Solidarity? [closed]

I have heard that immigrants are concerned about the census because it will contain a question along the lines of “Are you a citizen?” I have been wondering if there might be a way for me to show ...
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Can one waive their right to execute the affidavit of support

I'm a US Citizen and have petitioned for my parent through form I-130. Part of the process is filling out the affidavit of support, form I-864. Due to reasons, I'm not comfortable signing a document ...
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does infraction for drugs possession by french custom, without criminal records prevents to enter USA for working

So context, I am high level educated and I get an opportunity for a dream job in USA, preliminary contact are good so I would say I got a 50/50 to get the job if I officially apply. But I mess ...
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Can I get my citizenship without physical green card

Am wondering if i can get a US citizenship without a green card(hard copy), I had one but it got stolen. (have a police report for it) I can apply for a replacement but since my interview will be in ...
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When can I reapply for US Citizenship after denial?

I moved to another state and then applied for US citizenship without waiting 3 months residence restriction (I am permanent resident for more than 5 years). For the reason that I filed before 3 months,...
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Do UK law degrees qualify someone to work as a lawyer in the US?

I am from Bangladesh. I did my Bachelor of Law, Masters in Law and the Bar (BPTC) from the UK. I have worked in the legal departments of companies and some freelancing in Bangladesh since 2012. I want ...
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How can I, as a defendant, convince a court that an attorney is lying to deny post conviction relief?

Defendant, a non-ctizen, pleads guilty to felony. The non-citizen gets a good deal,(probation no jail time) but his attorney does not tell him that he is going to get deported for it. (The state ...
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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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IELTS for Tier 2 General visa

I want to apply for "Tier2 General" visa for the UK. According to the embassy's website, I need to prove my English skills. They need IELTS in level B1. There are 2type of IELTS exam: IELTS UKVI ...