Can I file for bankruptcy without a visa? 14 Answers as of July 04, 2013

I came to the States on a student visa and never left, can I still file for bankruptcy?

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Dan Shay Law
Dan Shay Law | Daniel Shay
You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to file Bankruptcy in the U.S. and would file in the district where you live. However, if here illegally w/o a visa, filing Bankruptcy may draw attention.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/14/2011
Mercado & Hartung, PLLC
Mercado & Hartung, PLLC | Christopher J. Mercado
You need a social security number to file.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 7/4/2013
Law Office of Maureen O' Malley
Law Office of Maureen O' Malley | Maureen O'Malley
You can file, but it's a Federal matter and you'll be giving your social security number. There's a good chance you'll come into the radar of USCIS due to your status.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 7/11/2011
Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall
Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall | William M. Rubendall
There is no requirement of citizenship to file bankruptcy. There is also no requirement of legal status in the country.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/11/2011
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis | Eric Lewis
Yes, you do not leave a visa to file bankruptcy, only a social security number.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
Replied: 7/4/2013
    Law Office of J. Scott Logan, LLC
    Law Office of J. Scott Logan, LLC | John Scott Logan
    Non citizens can file bankruptcy. However, if you are an illegal immigrant, filing bankruptcy can result in the government noticing you.
    Answer Applies to: Maine
    Replied: 7/8/2011
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    Yes, as long as you never used a fake SSN number. If you used one not issued to you the Unites States Trustee will turn you in to INS.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/8/2011
    Ursula G. Barrios Law
    Ursula G. Barrios Law | Guillermo Machado
    If you have a good social, yes.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/4/2013
    Bird & VanDyke, Inc.
    Bird & VanDyke, Inc. | David VanDyke
    Yes as long as you have proof of your social security number.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/4/2013
    Tucker Legal Clinic
    Tucker Legal Clinic | Samuel Tucker
    You will need a social security number and a photo ID to file.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 7/4/2013
    Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C.
    Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C. | J. Thomas Black
    There is no requirement that you be a U.S. citizen, or even legally in this country, to file bankruptcy. 11 U.S.C. Sec. 109 states the requirements of "who may be a debtor." You must be a person that resides or has a domicile, a place of business, or property in the United States, to file a bankruptcy here.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/7/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    Yes. Citizenship and legal resident status is not a requirement. But given the added twist, be sure you have a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/4/2013
    Law Office of Harry L Styron
    Law Office of Harry L Styron | Harry L Styron
    An alien who is domiciled in the US or who owns property in the US can file bankruptcy. You should consult with an immigration lawyer concerning your status and the potential impact of filing on that status.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/7/2011
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