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I was in a similar situation a few years ago. I actually sent an email to US Customs & Border Protection. Their response back then was that they would expect me to be outside of the US for about an equal amount of time to what I had just spent inside before returning. In my case, I had been in the USA with a visa waiver (as a EU citizen) for 82 days ...


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All things being equal, no, it's not good idea: people entering to visit girlfriends/fiances/etc for long periods of time are at high risk of overstaying and/or working illegally, and you'll get additional scrutiny. However, it's much worse to lie about why you're visiting, since immigration officers are very good at spotting any inconsistencies in your ...


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It is neither a good or bad idea, it's your only option because it is the truth. Getting caught on a lie would surely make things worse, so unless you are a conman or a politician, I would not advise testing USCIS officers ability to catch liars -since that's what they do for a living-. Personally, I spent many months (never more than 3 at a time, since ...


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I've been going with Norwegian from Stockholm to Oakland a couple of times. It seems to take between 30 minutes and an hour to process all passengers from a Dreamliner. The immigration area has been completely empty when I arrive (as one of the first passengers leaving the airplane) so the waiting time is very dependent on your seating in the airplane. As a ...


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You can look up historical immigration wait times for any U.S. airport at the CBP web site. From a quick look, it appears that average wait times at OAK vary dramatically, from as little as a few minutes to over an hour, with no obvious (to me) pattern. But it appears that most international arrivals at OAK are much later in the evening, so you may get ...


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You must obtain prior approval from the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. The forms are here: fill them and mail them to the bureau with jurisdiction over your port of entry (address on the last page), along with a prescription, a self-addressed envelope and an International Reply Coupon (or Japanese stamps if you can get them). Then wait for it to ...


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To get to the bottom of this we have to start with what they mean by "What is your total monthly income from all sources of employment or occupation after tax?" For most people it means what's in their paycheck after taxes. But for a few others, it's more complex, especially if they get income from multiple sources, and there's an extra layer of complexity ...


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I have never seen two jetways at the front and the back at any US or EU airport. I have seen on occassion steps used by cheapskate EU low cost airlines but never jetways. So the answer is no. Edit: apparently, not only cheapskate airlines do this. Also note "front and back" -- double jetways are not unheard of (the premium passengers get a separate one) and ...


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I would say that it depends with a bias towards to the other answers saying "don't mention anything they don't specifically ask". My wife is from Ireland and came back and forth to the US 3 months on, 3 months off (both the limits of each interval). She did this a few times (maybe 4 or 5) without any problems. However one of those last times, she was taken ...


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As a US citizen, you do not require a visa to enter the UK for stays of less than six months for tourist purposes. Source is the visa check on the offical UK government website. On arrival however, you will face a landing interview, and it is likley that your previous removal will be flagged up. This will lead to additional questions regarding your purpose ...


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I have come into OAK on the Norwegian Air flight from Oslo (not the one from Stockholm) and we were in line (i.e., queue) over 35 minutes. US Citizens. About one-third the way back the cabin. The experience had us thinking very strongly of paying for Global Entry. The examination at itself took two minutes, only because we still had a European apple to ...


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You don't need to pick up your baggage or clear immigration and customs in SVO. Your airline will transfer your baggage to the next flight for you. When you check in at JFK, you will see that they will check the bags all the way through to TLL. And unlike the US, in most countries and in most circumstances it's unnecessary to clear immigration and customs to ...


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You Schengen visa is valid until its expiry date. It can be used for more than one visit to the Schengen area if and only if it is not a single entry visa. Schengen visas can be single, two, or multiple entry. In your case, if you have a multiple entry 2-year type C visa, you can use it until it expires, provided you leave the Schengen area within 23:59:59 ...


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Staying Airside? Don't Need a Transit Visa You don't need a transit visa for UAE, as long as you stay inside the terminal building airside, and for up to 24 hours: TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Holders of confirmed onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours. You'll need a visa if you wish to leave the terminal building and effectively ...


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The ONLY important question here is not being asked yet: What does your visa say? If you have a typical tourist visa, I think it should be 3 months in any 6 month period. If that's the case and you stayed 5 months, that's a problem and it doesn't matter whether you say something about your gf or not. If your visa allows you to spend 5 months, 3 months out ...


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You can enter the US at any point, unless there is an annotation on your visa stating that you must enter at a specific port of entry. Keep in mind that your purpose for entering the US must be consistent with the purposes allowed by the type of visa you have. If you enter for a purpose not allowed by the visa type (e.g. to take employment when you have a ...


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You will pass through customs and immigration when you first land in Canada. There is also passport exit control when you leave Sweden. In London there is no customs and no immigration for international-to-international transit passengers, although you will go through a security screening.


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EU freedom of movement also entails having the right to join one's spouse in another EU country so since you are already in the UK, the family permit definitely covers this situation, even if you do not cross the border together. The official website reflects this: The EEA citizen you’re joining must either: be in the UK already be travelling ...


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I'm going to guess that you're not actually flying Continental as they haven't existed for over 3 years. Odds are you're actually flying United Airlines which is who they merged with. United Airlines flights depart from either Terminal C or Terminal A. For this flight, given it's on a regional jet, it's most likely Terminal A. United do NOT have check-in ...


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You should declare ALL medicine, whether prescribed or not. I not only tick yes to the question, I also circle the word medicine. In my experience when you get to the officer they look at the form and say "what medicine do you have?" They know which medications are allowed in and which are not. I had prescribed medication with me and brought the prescription ...


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Ok, this is the authoritative answer i was looking for: Foreigners awaiting renewal of their residence permits can leave and re-enter Italy if they hold: 1. the receipt issued by Italian Post offices (Poste Italiane S.p.A) certifying the submission of the application for renewal of their residence permit or EC residence permit for long-term residents; 2. ...


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You were removed from the UK, presumably under Section 89 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 and issued an "IS 82A" form. You want to know if you are ok to come and visit. There are no legal impediments to your visiting the UK for a holiday. You can show up at a border point and present yourself for inspection. This is confirmed by a screen shot ...


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The US Consulate in Chennai has this to say about visas in damaged passports: You may travel carrying your old and new passports if the visa in your old passport is valid and not damaged. If the old passport is in poor condition, or if the visa in your old passport is damaged, you should apply for a new visa. You cannot transfer your old visa to the new ...


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From what you have described this is no problem. You may need to explain the situation if you approach US CBP together, but you are doing nothing wrong. It is perfectly allowed to do tourist activities on a business trip, and two people travelling together do not need to be travelling for the same purpose. Since you are supporting your cousin financially on ...


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No; you will not. You may face extra scrutiny based on your travel profile, but definitely not the airline - you also cannot "fix" your travel profile by flying on Emirates, Gulf, Etihad, Kuwait Airways or Qatar Airways in lieu of Saudi Arabian Airlines. You will be scrutinized just as anyone else would based on your unique profile; the details of which ...


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FWIW: When I arrived at OAK on Feb 1st 2016 on the Norwegian flight from Stockholm my seat was about 2/3 the way back. There was a single combined queue for all passengers except those with Global Entry. Only 2 of the 5 CBP booths were staffed. It took 55 minutes to get through and there were still probably 150 people behind me.


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A foreigner entering the US (especially a visitor) can always be denied entry. There is nothing inherently problematic with his pattern of travel. It is very reasonable to have visited the US for a few days, and then after a space of a few months later to visit again. People visit more frequently than that with no problem. It's not like he's trying to do a ...


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The problem is your behaviour is going to look suspiscious. What are you going to do during the day? Tourist type activities and dossing around are going to wear thin after a while, and given it doesn't seem you are especially rich, you may get tempted to work illegally. Spending more time in than out without a very good reason looks like migration, not ...


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If you already have a visitor visa, trouble at the Canadian immigration checkpoint is very rare. To be safe, I'd follow the following points: Don't mention anything about immigration plans unless you are explicitly asked about them. Focus on the purpose of the current trip - to visit various Canadian cities. Have a very clear answer to "when are you going ...


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Overwing jetways are very, very rare, and as far as I know, there aren't any at Newark. Schipol is famous for having them at some gates, and there are/were a few (very limited) experiments at some US airports (one of which ended in disaster with the jetway collapsing on the wing of an aircraft). Exit via the rear door usually only happens when disembarking ...



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