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  1. It is also stated: You can claim an exemption for your spouse even if he or she is a nonresident alien. In that case, your spouse: Must have no gross income for U.S. tax purposes, Must not be filing a return, and Must not be the dependent of another taxpayer. Thank you for highlighting what you did though
  2. Why is the marriage not recognised? Besides, a spouse is never considered a dependant.
  3. My USC husband and I were married in June 2017. For 2017 tax year, he filed as Married Filing Separately. I didn't have ITIN nor SSN so he had to paper file. No big deal about that. When I came in CR-1 visa in July 2018, we amended his tax return to include my SSN and claim spousal exemption and got an extra refund. We chose not to amend to Married Filing Jointly because I calculated that it is not worth the hassle to elect to be taxed as a US resident and apply the foreign earned income exclusion since the difference is very marginal.
  4. One thing I have learnt recently is that if you are added as an authorised user to one of your spouse's credit card, the entire credit history of that card automatically appears on your credit history. With Amex Global Transfer I was able to start out at a pretty decent credit score after a couple of months of using my card in the US and paying it off but after I was added as authorised user on my husband's Discover card, my credit score went up by 50 points in a week or so.
  5. Exactly what I was thinking. Besides, if husband and wife live in separate countries, they will not expect too much in way of financial co-mingling. Focusing on time spent together is more meaningful.
  6. Totally unrelated to the question-- why do you need to be added to your husband's account before submitting your i130? If you are thinking proof of relationship, there are many other ways you can do that
  7. So sorry to hear. I hope everything would go smoothly after tax filing!
  8. Someone correct me if I am wrong here, but for 2019 tax season (2018 tax year), one can no longer take an exemption for spouse. Instead, the standard deduction is now higher. For that reason, I am electing to file jointly with my husband this year (although I qualify to file as dual-status alien) because it works out more favourably that way. The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (if you meet the criteria) should exclude most, if not all of your foreign earned income and applying the standard deduction of $24000 for Married Filing Jointly should result in greater savings for you.
  9. Hey all, haven't seen any posts in a while. Has everyone cleared the immigration journey already? How is everyone settling in?
  10. Nah, you will be ok as long as the visa in your passport is stamped. Don't worry
  11. I see that your interview is coming up in December. Good luck!
  12. About 4 or 5 weeks after entering the US till you receive the physical green card. If you are asking whether it is possible to travel in and out of the US without the physical green card, the answer is yes. Your endorsed visa in your passport is valid for a year. You likely won't be able to go through automated passport control though, but I don't think that is a major issue.
  13. Hello everyone, and congrats to @Jhonny in particular! I have been back in the US for almost 3 weeks after heading back to Singapore for a short visit and been busy getting settled as well. I got my driver's licence (yay!). Sadly, trying to open bank accounts hasn't been as smooth. I already have an account with Wells Fargo but many banks are offering cash bonuses for opening accounts with them, and I thought, why let my money sit and do nothing right. Sadly it isn't easy for a green card holder to open an account online. Just a heads up for everyone that you probably need to go to the bank in person, even if you have an SS card, in order to open accounts. If you are thinking of banking with HSBC, they require 3 years of residency, by the way. As usual, drop me a private message if I can help you guys out with anything ok?
  14. Congrats to all the approvals!
  15. Hey everyone, thanks for making me feel like this is home! It was a period of adjustment for me definitely when I first went over. Broke down a couple of times but it's all good now. In fact, just after I got comfortable driving in the US, I am back in Singapore and feeling all weird being on the other side now. And the heat in Singapore is killing me! Looking forward to heading back in a week!