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My USA passport expires two weeks after my planned return from a one week trip. I understand this to mean your passport is valid during your trip. As long as the midnight has not passed on the expiry date, your passport is valid and you will have no problems entering the country. Even if by chance you extend your trip and your passport expires, the US ...


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So the advice here worked out fine for us. My wife is back in the country now. However for future reference - as a visitor a US citizen cannot spend more than 6 months within a 12 month period in the UK unless they have a valid Visa. I am now starting the process to get my wife a residence permit in the UK.


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As a US passport holder you don't need a visa for the UK, unless you have a criminal record or have previously been refused entry to the UK. The General Visitor Visa page tells you how to apply for one if you need one. It doesn't mean everybody needs one.


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No, you can't do that. As I wrote in the comments, it doesn't matter if you were in Germany, Holland or somewhere else in the Schengen area. US citizens cannot get a schengen visa, but they are allowed to stay 90 days within a six months period. As I understand you were 2 times in the Schengen area: once for "over a month" and later for 59 days. So you were ...


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As an American, I have never managed to figure this out. To take some examples from the other answers, I've heard people say things like "You should visit us in DC some time" or "I'll owe you a beer" and later found out in some cases that it meant nothing, whereas in other cases they were completely serious. So the only reasonable answer I can offer is that ...


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There are several factors that come into play here. Some cultures have a significant amount of politeness as a social lubricant. Even when it doesn't mean you should, it is still said. A classic example of this is Japan's politeness (though this is simplifying a very large concept). There is an entire school of sociology called politeness theory. ...


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To me, the key is the specificity of the invitation. The vaguest, of course, say "some time" - this is a bright light signalling that it is not a real invitation. "We should do lunch some time" means absolutely nothing at all. Similarly claims to "owe you" a beer or a coffee do not constitute an offer to deliver that item, nor an invitation to go, now or in ...


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In my experience, if an American says "you should visit me in DC", they mean it. I'm an American myself, born and raised, and this has been my experience for over thirty years. However, I'm from rural New York, and now I live in rural California. In both of these areas, invitations like this are taken to be real. Considering how many upvotes the opposing ...


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There is an essay which explains the difference between "polite" and "direct" cultures. First of all: For members of the Anglosphere like Americans, Britons and Canadians the Germans are using the term "Angelsachsen" (Anglo-Saxons) which is slightly different from the meaning in English, it especially has a more humorous connotation like "Teuton" for ...


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In general, a genuine invitation is concrete, containing information that helps to make it happen. "Would you like to get lunch tomorrow?" is an invitation, and could be followed up with "Yes, how about [restaurant]?" or "Yes, do you have a place in mind?" to accept. If you responded instead with "No, but we should meet some other time," that could be a ...


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Telling the truth that your are married is correct and after giving the invitation letter and salary certificates. I don't think there wont be any issue at all. If possible, if you have marriage certificate, there are no chances to question your wife anything thereafter.



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