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  1. The word "Exclusion" is a VERY unfortunate misnomer, since it leads many people to believe that they are Excluding that income from their Income Tax. You REPORT that income, AND pay taxes on it, as figured by the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet that is in the 1040 instructions. If you have ONLY the Foreign Income, then no taxes are due, unless you exceed the dollar limit. But when US-based income is ALSO reported, it may result in additional tax owed, as you've found out. From Wikipedia
  2. You need to use the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet that is in the 1040 instructions to figure your taxes. If you or your spouse earned any income in the US for 2018, you may actually owe some tax on the "excluded" income.
  3. You will most likely need the white book Notarial Certificate of Birth, or 出生公证书, or chu sheng gong zheng shu, unless your partner has one of the newer Medical Certificate of Birth - 出生医学证明 (chu sheng yixue zheng ming). Birth certificates were not issued in China prior to 1996. A Medical Certificate of Birth looks like this
  4. You must be married within the 90 days. You should file your I-485 soon afterward - generally within 180 days of entry, but even that is not a hard and fast limit.
  5. Plenty of coffee and good food about a block away on Huali Rd.
  6. “you have been approved preliminary pending your submission of documents ” That is self-explanatory. You'll know when they ask you to submit your passport that they're wanting to put a visa in it.
  7. See USTravelDocs web site - http://ustraveldocs.com/cn/cn-iv-preparedocuments.asp
  8. I'm saying you need to ask. Yes, people HAVE been allowed to use a different, Western name on the CRBA. That doesn't mean that you will be allowed to do so. Google the phrase I've highlighted for cases that have gone either way. Worst case is that you would have to go through a legal name change in the U.S. courts. My bet is that you WILL be allowed to use a westernized name, but you're at the mercy of the Visa Officer who accepts your application. Most people report having no issues with this.
  9. With a legal alias. Chinese people are REQUIRED to have Chinese names, as per the original post. The CRBA will most likely not accept the Chinese characters, but you may be required to enter the Pinyin equivalent, or you may be allowed to enter a name of your own choosing. The CRBA is, in effect, the baby's American birth certificate.
  10. Here is the CURRENT USCIS definition of what constitutes a public charge - Public Charge See the USCIS' Public Charge Fact Sheet for a thorough discussion of the topic.
  11. They are scrutinizing your employment with the SOE. "AP often lasts several months, but in some instances it can take significantly longer". That is likely all you'll hear.
  12. You can bet that they are investigating your connection (or lack thereof) with the Communist Party. Here you seem to say that there IS a connection. You have NOT been declared inadmissable.
  13. Like I said, though "There is, however, a certification procedure involving your State's Dept. of State, and the Chinese consulate servicing that state for more official usage with the PSB Entry & Exit Bureau." Although this has nothing to do with her immigration, NOW is a good time to get that done. A marriage certificate certified for use in China.
  14. This is unclear - were you married in the US or in China? You say you were married in the US. but my guess is that you have a Chinese marriage certificate, and a white book translation. The white book translation is generally what you will need. The Chinese red book may be used in China. If you have a U.S. marriage certificate, a notarized translation will usually be enough. There is, however, a certification procedure involving your State's Dept. of State, and the Chinese consulate servicing that state for more official usage with the PSB Entry & Exit Bureau. It is unlikely either way that you will be added to her hukou.
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