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Light at Canadian border crossing

My friend recently posted a picture on Facebook that he took while waiting to cross from Canada back into the United States. Here is his caption... These little black squares at customs blink ...
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Restrictions on the amount of cash I can carry when entering the US? [duplicate]

I am a green card holder of USA, and I am travelling to India. While leaving India for the US, I want to carry dollars. What is the limit that I can carry to US, being a green card holder?
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If I have an outstanding medical bill in America, can I go back there? [duplicate]

In 2007 I was in Texas when I fell really sick. I was rushed to hospital because my throat closed up and walked out with a medical bill of $1,200. I had travel insurance but they where being difficult ...
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Does a US immigration officer really have the power to deny entry to the country at personal will?

Quite some comments exist that in the end it is the individual immigration officer that has the final call to let you enter the US or not and that there is no way of objecting that decision. Given ...
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Dual US/UK citizen. Will this show when my UK passport is scanned in America?

I have dual US and UK citizenship, but the US citizenship has only just been realized (wasn't aware I had claim to US citizenship earlier). Unfortunately I haven't received my US passport yet. Can I ...
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Entering the US with US citizenship pending

Just looking for a little advice about a passport application and travelling. I currently live in the UK, and I am a British citizen. Since my father is an American citizen, I have claim to US ...
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Do I have to claim and re-check in my baggage in international transit when traveling with the same airline?

I'll be traveling to Memphis, Tennessee form New Delhi, India via Qatar Airways. The itinerary would be: New Delhi <--> Doha || Doha <--> Chicago || Chicago <--> Memphis Would I be required ...
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Is an entry to Mexico a red flag in U.S. immigration?

A few years ago I went from Washington, D.C. to Cancun, Mexico for two weeks. I'm an Indian citizen on a U.S. visa, and I had a visa for Mexico too. However, while returning from Mexico to Miami, I ...
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How can I ensure that a specific passport is used for US immigration?

I have two passports. One (Canada) does not require a visa (or ESTA) to enter the US. The other (New Zealand) would require at least an ESTA. If I am flying to visit the US, how can I ensure that the ...
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How can I get rid of my I-94?

Back in May 2013 when I entered the US on an F1 Visa I had my I-94 stamped and the little card stapled to my passport. When I left again in August, they had already discontinued the form and switched ...
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Would travel by bus count as an onward ticket?

I am travelling to America next month, and have not booked a returning flight. I have read online that this is needed otherwise I will not be able to board the plane in the UK. I will be in the US ...
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Malaysian passport holder, transitting/arriving at US with no visa [closed]

Will they stop me at departure in Malaysia, or at the US airport? I'm seeking asylum.
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What is the procedure with people at CBP who cannot speak english

I currently have the situation, that someone is visiting me in the US from Germany. But this person cannot speak english at all. How and what should one do to get the person through the CBP as ...
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Is there any list of countries I should not visit if I want to go to the US?

I have heard that if I have been to some countries I might be refused entry to the US. I'm planning to travel (vacation) a bit in the Middle East; that will include Iran, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman and ...
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141 views

US Immigration Worries - Overstayed in 2000

I'm a Canadian citizen and back in 2000, when I was young and stupid, I stayed longer than I should have in the US. I entered only with my passport. Eventually I came back to Canada and upon trying to ...
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Any way to find out what US Customs & Border Protection has in their database?

I travel from the US to Canada occasionally (about once per year on average) with my family. We are all US citizens and travel with US passports. Every time we re-enter the United States, I am given ...
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Travelling to the US with codeine-based medicines

I'm travelling to the US next month, and I'd like to take my codeine-based painkillers with me. In the UK these are available without a prescription, over the counter from a pharmacist. (It isn't just ...
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Maximum Number of Occupants crossing US/Canada Border

There was a question on the maximum number of occupants in a vehicle in Oklahoma. Now I have an issue: My wife will be driving to Canada with our friends the car she wants to drive is an SUV with 2 ...
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How to intentionally get denied entry to the US, without getting into trouble?

I have a multiple entry visitors visa for five years. I went to USA last year and lived there for one year with my husband (6 months entry and other 6 months of extension). I left USA legally. Now my ...
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Why does US Customs & Immigration ask the purpose of my trip when I'm returning home?

As a US citizen, when I re-enter the US, I am often asked where I was, how long I was there, and the reason for my visit. Why am I asked these things? Am I required to answer? Don't I have a legal ...
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US Customs when coming through Canada

I have an upcoming trip where I will be flying to and from Copenhagen, through Toronto. I notice that my departure and return gate in the Philadelphia airport is not in the international terminal. ...
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Been in the USA for 2 months visiting family in Canada - can I enter USA again? [duplicate]

I am visiting the United States and family at the moment. I have been here for a couple of months traveling cross country and enjoying my time but I also have a daughter in Canada whom I want to visit ...
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Do I need a transcript to re-enter the US along with my F1 visa and I-20 form?

I'm a French PhD student in a US University. I'm going abroad for 3 weeks. Do I need a transcript to re-enter the US along with my F1 visa and I-20 form? If so does the transcript have to be official? ...
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US immigration mix-up: will it cause problems on my next visit?

On my last visit to the US, there was some kind of mix up at the immigration. I was with my niece at that time (a GC holder.) Apparently, when they scanned her passport my picture came up with her ...
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Revisiting the US after 2 months

My last visit to the US was for 2 weeks back in August 2013. My point of entry was in San Diego. I plan to revisit for Thanksgiving in November. Will it be an issue that I came back "too soon"? I am ...
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First address in the US in case of missed flight

As a non-US citizen traveling to the US, I am obliged to provide the airline and the border control officer with the address of the hotel where I will be spending my first night in the US. (The ...
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Are there any taxes on product purchsed from US and taken to India [duplicate]

Can i buy a MAC in US and take it to India? Ofcourse i can! But my question is do i have to pay extra taxes or something for that maybe in US or india?
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What types of plants are allowed through US customs?

I would like to bring a small potted plant from Taiwan to the US as a gift for someone. Will US customs allow me to do this at all? I hear that there are some species of plants that are definitely ...
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Biometric passport: How can I know if the chip is still working? Does it matter?

My biometric passport inadvertently spent some time under the rain. It's not badly damaged but some sheets are a bit deformed and there are tiny brown spots on the side. I am wondering if there is an ...
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Clearing Customs and skipping connecting flight at ORD?

I am coming back from Munich, connecting through ORD and onto Moline, IA. We have a 6 hour layover in Chicago but the drive to Moline is only 2. My question is this: After I clear immigrations and ...
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Is it legal to look for work in the US while on a B1/B2 (Business Visitor) visa?

I have got 10-year multiple entry US VISA on my Indian passport. I got it to attend a technical conference. I was curious to know if I give job interview during this visit? I may not have time in ...
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Is there an 'ideal' crossing between Michigan and Ontario?

I'm going to be driving through Michigan into Canada next week. My point of origin and destination are far enough to the West and East respectively that the net mileage difference between using the ...
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477 views

Can I import teabags into the United States?

I'm going to the US through SFO from Europe (Germany to France to US) and would like to bring loose teabags of British Yorkshire Tea. They are not packed like they were for sales, but rather in ...
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Can I bring my personal electronic items to US?

I'm entering the USA in 10 days as a refugee, but I have concerns relating items that I can bring in to the US. I've read the list of items that I can't bring in, but I think it might be a little ...
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336 views

Will Denial of Entry in transit at YVR affect my new US visa request?

I'm Indian citizen and was traveling back from Seattle, US to New Delhi, India via 2 layovers Vancouver & Frankfurt. Though I went to Seattle via single layover at Frankfurt. I had single entry B1 ...
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Can you travel to Canada by road with an expired US passport?

Is it possible to leave and re-enter the US through the land border with Canada with an expired (US) passport? My passport expired in December and I didn't realize that until now. In addition to the ...
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When do I have to go through customs between Minneapolis and Nuremberg?

I go from Minneapolis to New York/Newark to Dusseldorf to Nuremberg. When do I go through customs, or is that only on the way back? I'm really nervous because I am also flying with my cello and had to ...
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Can I bring a small, decorative deer skull from Germany to the US?

I received -- as a gift -- a small skull mounted on a carved wooden background, typical of Bavaria. I've looked online but am confused about US customs requirements. Can I bring this through? If not, ...
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What are the visa requirements to travel from the UK to the USA, on to the Caribbean and back to the USA?

I am travelling to USA in September from UK staying for a month at my cousins, then leaving to go on a Caribbean cruise for a week, I am then returning to usa to stay at cousins again for my 90 days ...
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US Visas: O and P

Some young semi professional musicians are planning a tour that might include some dates in the USA. I called the CBP and they confidently assured me that an O or a P status, which can be obtained at ...
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Issues with US immigration after alleged overstay - how to handle?

I arrived in Miami International Airport (Feb 2013) and was taken aside by immigration who stated I had overstayed in the US in 1995 by a few days. It was claimed that I had not left the US and they ...
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Can I take a flight to Canada which stops in the USA, if I have restrictions from entering the USA?

I am a Canadian citizen and I have been denied from the USA in the past 2 years and last year I entered illegally and was caught and given voluntary departure, but I do not have a criminal record in ...
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Can I bring my desktop computer as check-in baggage on a flight?

I am moving from Malaysia to the US, and planning to bring my desktop computer with me. I plan to pack it in my checked-in luggage. Will the computer risk being damaged? Any precaution should I take ...
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US 2013 sequestration, how much extra time to take on a Visa Waiver when traveling to a non-international US destination?

This post from 2011 considers the question how much time one should take when connecting from an international flight to domestic transportation in the United States. Most answers report one should ...
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How soon can I re-enter the USA having stayed for 90 days under the Visa waiver programme? I am a UK citizen

I am currently visiting the USA from the UK (I am a UK citizen) and am intending on staying here for the full 90 days under the Visa Waiver programme. How long would I have to stay out of the US at ...
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When traveling to the USA what are the consequences of having been arrested but not charged with a crime?

When entering the USA I am often asked "Have you ever been arrested?" to which, fortunately, I can honestly answer "No." Question 'B' on form I-94 also begins "Have you ever been arrested...?" At ...
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New H1B arrival, what do I need for the port of entry?

I just got my newly-approved H1B visa stamped into my (UK) passport and am flying to America in a week. Besides my stamped passport, and my I-797B (Notice of Action) document, is there any other ...
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Chances of denial of entry with a valid visa

I used to be a student in the US on F-1 visa. I graduated but was not able to secure an employment that would grant me H-1B. Instead I was hired as a private contractor and have no permission to work ...
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What questions should I be able to answer when entering USA?

Last time I entered USA, the border officer asked me a lot of questions. Some of them were quite personal and others were about my destination in the USA. For example, he asked me where I would stay. ...
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Extending an expiring I-94W, land based entry to US

I live in Canada with a German passport and a student visa. From a recent climbing trip to the US I still have this green I94-W form in my passport. I didn't surrender it on leaving the US back to ...