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arrowDon't know what to do
March 1, 2015, 6:17 pm Last comment by dmillien

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So I recieved my noa1 October 27th. I am currently living at home with my parents while I wait for my visa (I'm 21) but it's not working out. My stepdad isn't the nicest person and I feel like I am not welcome here. Also I think I am about to be kicked out and I have nowhere else to go.
My fiancée just wants me back in the states.
Is there anything we can do? Or does anyone know how much longer it may be before I can head back? I have a full time job but I'm not sure I could find somewhere to live just for a few months

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arrowMoving back to Australia - should I become a US citizen?
March 1, 2015, 1:29 pm Last comment by CF41051
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So after living in the US for 5 years, my USC husband and I are planning to move back to Australia later this year.


I have started my application for citizenship but am starting to question if it's something I should really do. I can technically have a dual citizenship with both AU and USA, though in the eyes of the US, I am only a USC, which is fine except for the tax requirements from this.


I know the pros of becoming a USC are having a US passport and having the freedom to travel back and forth between the countries and work etc without dealing with visas and USCIS. But honestly, I don't intend to return to the USA permanently or live here again, so while it's a perk, I could easily still travel here on a WVP to visit the inlaws  in future (once I forfeit my LPR).


Others pros are the right to vote (which is nice but not a huge priority for me, especially once I live in AU), and if my USC dies, I wouldn't be hit with a big estate tax bill (if we were in the US, not sure about property in AU)


The BIG con for me is the ongoing tax requirement I'll have with the US after I become a USC. The US requires all citizens to file taxes on their world wide income, even if hubs and I make only an Australian income, we need to file a US tax return each year.

Apparently, both countries have tax treaties and credits that prevent you from paying double taxes (on a certain amount, anything over that amount we'll be required to pay taxes on), but I'm not sure this is something I want to take on as a lifelong requirement. Sure, my husband will have to do it as a USC, and technically I am required to do it as a LPR, but I would then have to option to forfeit my LPR and no longer have any requirement to the US (hubs would not have to include me in his file if I was not longer a resident)


I want to know how other Aussies feel about this? or if anyone is in the same boat as me.


It feels like a shame to lose all that time, effort and money put into the residency visa, but I'm also not thrilled about having an ongoing tax obligation (even if we never actually owe anything) while trying to live on the other side of the world.



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arrowOverstay for a month?
February 27, 2015, 11:15 am Last comment by Hypnos

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My finances are not so good right now, and it looks like I won't have the money needed for the AOS application until a month *after* my B2 visa 6-month stay expires. Can I be deported? I know overstay is forgiven once I'm married and have sent in the application, and I'll be married, but I have 1 month between the marriage and when I can send it in and have it forgiven.

Is this something to stress about or will it be okay?

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arrowHow critical to put spouse on house deed?
February 27, 2015, 10:06 am Last comment by Teddy B

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Hi all. 


At this point, I have not added my spouse to my house deed.  I bought the place 11 years before we married.


Because of tax and residency reasons in her home country, it is VERY disadvantageous to add her to the deed.


When it comes time for our I-751 submission next year, will it hurt us horribly if she is not on the house deed?  We have more than enough other financial evidence, and we actually own property together in Australia.


We are one of the very first same-sex couples to get through the process, so I'm not sure if we will come under any additional scrutiny.


I have willed the house here to her, but because she is not a US citizen yet, she'll be subject to higher inheritance taxes.


Any thoughts?


Sukie in NY

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arrowUnusual expedite delay???
February 27, 2015, 8:56 am Last comment by stefiec89

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Is anyone experiencing a delay with NVC sending out an expedited file to the U.S. embassy??? My expedite was approved 4 weeks ago, received a case number 10 days ago and my file is still sitting at NVC.

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