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What laws apply to Visa holders in the US?

All laws (federal, state and local) apply to everybody, unless you have diplomatic immunity. That is, unless e.g. the federal government decides as a matter of policy to ignore certain federal laws. ...
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What laws apply to Visa holders in the US?

only federal law applies to foreigners This is not correct. For example, there is no federal law criminalizing murder generally. (There are federal laws criminalizing murder in certain specific ...
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What laws apply to Visa holders in the US?

All the laws apply to you. But you have extra rules: the conditions of your visa. Non-citizens are present at the pleasure of the government, and the big four they don't want (unless visa allows) ...
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Can IRS tax an offshore business operated by a non-resident alien in U.S?

The company probably owes U.S. and state corporate income taxes because income from services performed in the United States are usually considered "effectively connected" with the United States. The ...
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If a country gives visa after travel date can I take any action or claim any compensation?

No A government performing the functions of government (like issuing a visa) is not in a contractural relationship with the person they are doing it for so there is no basis in contract law for such ...
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Possible to take online classes in a university in a different country without Visa?

You need a visa to travel to another country (unless there is a treaty between your country and their country that waives this e.g. Australia and New Zealand, the EU). If you aren't traveling there is ...
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Investment Brokering on an F-1 OPT?

It depends. OPT work should be related to your field of study and the school/USCIS should be notified. Ask your school's DSO for more info. They should have informed you about these rules during ...
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Staying in U.S while waiting for I-130 and I-485 application

I will address 3 issues: 1) whether going out of status will affect your pending I-485 application, 2) whether you accrue unlawful presence if you go out of status while I-485 is pending, and 3) ...
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Returning to US on F1 STEM OPT while EB-1B/EB-2 NIW is in process

Immigrant intent means intent to immigrate during this stay. When you enter on an F-1 visa, you are not supposed to have preconceived intent to file Adjustment of Status (I-485) during that stay. If ...
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Can students on F-1 visa in U.S. operate a software business incorporated offshore?

Naively, this does not appeared to be permitted for holders of F-1 Visas. M-1 Student Visa The M-1 visa (Vocational Student) category includes students in vocational or other nonacademic ...
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Can an legal means for someone who's visa expired to stay in the country or leave the country and come back

Her options are are limited to non-existent unfortunately. She should consult an attorney to see if the rare, but potential option for a U-Visa is possible.
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How can a company sponsor an employment visa without first seeking qualified US-citizen applicants?

You need an attorney to advise you. When you speak with your attorney, make sure you are clear and ask her to advise you for the best way to comply with the law and not how to circumvent it.
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Can a F1-visa student have income from renting his or her apartment?

To my understanding, foreigners can own real properties in the United States. Therefore, they can legally rent out for a profit as income (notice legally). When those foreigners (aliens) study in the ...
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