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Changing your hotel accommodations is no problem. You only need to write the street address of your new accommodations on your landing card, which you will fill out on the plane and give to US immigration and customs officers. Make sure that you have the correct street address before you depart. (You'll also need it to give to your taxi driver.)


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As a life long Oregonian, I can answer. You pull up to the pump, the attendant comes to your window, and you give them your card or cash, and tell them how much you want (usually filled, but I've asked for $20 before, especially when I pay with cash). They fill the tank, give you the receipt, and off you go. It is illegal to pump your own, and you can be ...


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I thought if I never had a book I must fill out DS-11. But you had a passport. That is enough. Nowhere does the official renew page make a distinction between book and card. It also says: You can renew your passport even if it has not expired. And the first two steps to Submit a U.S. Passport Application by Mail (from within the United ...


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The answer depends on how the question is asked. GPS coordinates (i.e., longitude and latitude) are: Pochnoi Point, Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska 51°57'42"N 179°46'23"E Amatignak Island, Alaska 51°16'7"N 179°8'55"W Thereby making the point in the U.S. that is the farthest east Pochnoi Point and the point in the U.S. that is farthest west Amatignak Island. ...


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I always tell my relatives to bring their own teabags when they visit. There have been no issues whatever about this; customs officials think this perfectly normal for visitors from the UK, and may even look askance at those who do not. Tea is HUGE here. You can get Earl Grey with lavender accents and snobby French teas that even the French can't pronounce ...


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As a concrete datapoint, I have flown at least three times into the US where a full suitcase contained (branded, packaged) Argentinean yerba mate, say some 25kg. I declared it, the bag was opened but not the packages, and nothing happened.


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I've never had any problems bringing back packaged loose leaf tea from Sweden or Austria. I've made the trip three times, and not once has customs asked to examine my tea. (They confiscated a single orange once though.) As one poster said, you will need to fill out a form on the plane declaring your items, but as long as you aren't bringing a boatload of ...


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This answer was too long for a comment but it just a combination of Zach's and Andrew's answer. You shouldn't have a problem bringing in "packages" of tea. Try to stick with a sealed, store bought, container. An unopened box, with that plastic film around it for example. It will come down to the discretion of customs people rather your tea looks suspect or ...


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I have brought commercially packaged tea into the USA on numerous occasions without any incident. Didn't want to leave a half-empty box to be thrown out by the hotel maids. On the other hand, I can not imagine why the OP thinks that tea is not a big deal in the United States. There are at least three high-end tea shops in Berkeley, California alone. (Site, ...


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You'll certainly be allowed to get on a plane in the UK with the tea, but you'll have to declare it to Customs and may have it examined by an agricultural specialist, who will decide whether it is allowed in. Here's US Customs and Border Protection on importing tea: There are no restrictions on the importation of coffee, tea or spices for personal ...


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It's domestic, period, so no passport control. Never heard of CBP officials doing spot checks for flights to/from Puerto Rico but if they do, you could explain your Status to them in case you don't bring your passport. They will be able to check it out Btw, once you get your Green card it's all you need even when entering the US from overseas. For example ...


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I've found reviews at Trip Advisor and, especially, Booking.com to be reliable. You can get mobile apps for both. The idea of sticking to one chain is also reasonable, but it might be difficult in some of the less populated areas. Off topic, on that route I recommend making a detour to as many National Parks of the Southwest as possible.


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How 'good' do you need it to be? A room at any of the major hotel chains will be a clean, comfortable sleeping spot. Smaller mom & pop places can be nice as well, I usually check their outside appearance first... clean parking lot, hanging plants, a bit of outside furniture. Most small motels will let you see the room before paying.


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If your wife is accompanying you for business reasons, she needs a B1 visa. If she is not participating in your business activities, nor in any other business activities, then she needs a B2 visa. Most US visitor visas are issued as joint B1/B2 visas, so obviously a visa like that would suffice as well.


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Why would you think your wife need different visa than you? If she's one of nationalities that require visa and you plan a short trip, it would be B1/B2 as well.


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Yes, it's fine. If you travel back to the UK, in fact, or anywhere other than Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean, your subsequent visit should be on a new 90-day period, so you could be in the US for 60 days, in the UK for two weeks, and then in the US for 30 days or even 45 or 60. If you travel for a short time to an adjacent country, however, your ...


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Most of the times they send everything before 6 months. You should have the contact info NVC or USCIS or an agent, and you could follow the status with them. You could also check the status online.


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First, you should check your electronic I-94 online because the date on your entry stamp is not always correct. If you wish to stay beyond the admit-until date on your I-94, you can apply for Extension of Status with Form I-539. You can file it at any time as long as USCIS receives and accepts your application before your I-94 expires. (Though seeing as ...


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All degrees of theft carry some form of jail sentence and a fine; these range from 60 days and $500 all the way to 30 years and $10,000 - it depends entirely on what you are charged with; which correlates directly with the value of the item. So, the very first thing you have to do is find out what exactly is the charge against you; in other words - what ...


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What is a multiple entry visa? A multiple entry visa is a visa that lets you enter as many times as needed within its validity period. In contrast a single entry visa only lets you enter once and a double entry visa (not sure if the UK does this) only lets you enter twice. It sounds like your travel plans would have you entering the UK three times so ...


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In addition to Michael's answer you can use buses: Megabus - $35 Greyhound - about $50 Round Trip And in Chicago you can use Chicago public transportation to get to O'Hare.


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Today, for leaving April 29 and returning May 3: The quickest is a CVG-ORD flight, which is $452 round trip. Cheaper is Amtrak, which starts at $98 round trip. In both directions this train runs overnight. Cheaper still is Megabus, which will be $44 round trip if you buy right this minute, and will go up if you wait. (And thanks to Karlson for the ...


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Your best advice in this situation is to speak to a local lawyer in Florida. The lawyer will be able to inform you of the risks of visiting the state, as well as the options of settling the misdemeanor charge currently set against you. If it's truly a minor misdemeanor, you might be able to send a written affidavit to Florida and have the lawyer argue the ...


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In addition to the issue of the potential arrest warrant, which has been extensively covered in other answers, there is another issue to consider. The UK is part of the US's Visa Waiver Program. This allows visa-free travel and requires you to complete an online form and declaration, and pay a small fee. It is the usual way for a UK citizen to travel to the ...


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In general you're going to find that car rental agencies will include a surcharge for drivers under 25. In many cases it's actually a matter of law of the minimum age for renting, so it's a matter of company policy and the jurisdiction you're in. After some quick googling, I found the underage driver surcharge list by state for Budget car rentals. If you ...


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It is not prohibited by law to drive as a 19 year old; however due to insurance premiums most car rental agencies do not rent to under 21 year olds. You can have someone else rent the car and add you as a secondary driver; there will probably be a premium for this service. If you are bringing an European license and its not in English you'll have to carry ...


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The rule of thumb here is whether the traveler is able to convince the Immigration officer that she is definitely planning to leave the country within the required term. A return ticket may be a factor, but it is neither a guarantee to entry nor it is required. As a citizen of Ukraine, once I've traveled to the States holding a B-1 visa, and my return ...


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Irrespective of the method of entry you will need a visa. You can check your eligibility on the CIC Website as well as apply online for it. Generally speaking if you're driving on the road 4 hours that you spend in Canada doesn't warrant needing to stay anywhere along the route. it is also possible that depending on where you're driving from in Illinois ...


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I was on a student visa (F1) when I got GlobalEntry, and I asked what happens when I move back and use ESTA. The CBP person told me that both ESTA and GlobalEntry are both CBP programs, so they share information CBP will know about my new ESTA, and I don't need to do anything for GlobalEntry. Considering this, I think it's safe to assume they would know ...


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I am just going to answer the specific question "will they know it's me now that I've got a new passport". That question has got somewhat buried in discussion of the probability of negative consequences if they do know, and ways of mitigating those consequences. The USCIS has the information you supplied on your last visit. You will presumably complete an ...


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The definition of "passport" in United States law includes any travel document issued by a foreign government or international organization, whether it has the word "passport" printed on it or not. The controlling factors are that it must identify the traveler and be valid for the traveler to return to the country which issued it. The definition of ...


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I am surprised that no one mentioned the fact that you could be in contempt of court and that an arrest warrant could be a sealed arrest warrant (that is, you won't discover there is an outstanding warrant against you until it's too late). An arrest warrant is usually NOT published or posted online. It is kept secret so that the police can arrest you with ...


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There should be absolutely no problem with doing what you propose. You are correct that "travelling into a bordering country doesn't count as leaving the US for the purpose of the 90 day stay limit", but it does count as "leaving the US". In particular, since you are flying internationally from Portland to Vancouver, the US CBP will get a record that you ...


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It took a little bit of searching but here is some information from the New York DMV. **Can I drive in New York State with an out-of-state learner permit?** You may drive in New York State with a learner permit issued in another state if • you are age 16 or older • your out-of-state learner permit is valid outside the issuing state • you obey all ...


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While I agree with all the advice that it's both foolish to risk incarceration in a foreign country for the sake a family vacation (in quite an over-rated spot, at that) and that showing up in court in response to a summons is not considered an optional activity, you can check fairly easily on whether or not you have any active warrants in Florida. The ...


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Although it doesn't entirley answer your question, I am posting this as answer because I don't think you appreciate the risks involved here. Your proposition is to travel to a foreign country and risk imprisonment there, for the sake of a family holiday. Your hope for avoiding these consequences is that they will not recognise you based off the fact that ...


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There is no official rule for this, although there is a rule of thumb according to CBP. This is that if one spends X days in the US on the VWP, one should wait at least X+1 days before seeking to re-enter the US. Quoting from this Travel.SE answer on the topic: the important paragraph reads: The Visa Waiver Program doesn't work that way. ...


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Exactly. If you're not leaving anything in the US, $0 is the value of the goods remaining the US (because there aren't any). If you aren't sure about something on the form, you can always ask the officers too.


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With expired US visa, one should avoid travelling through Germany. See the link below from Germany consulate which clearly explains it. http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/05__Legal/02__Directory__Services/01__Visa/__Transit__Visa.html


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The validity dates of a US visa work differently than in some other countries. For a US visa, these dates specify the dates which you can arrive at a US port of entry. It does not specify when you must depart. You can remain beyond the visa expiration date, as long as you remain in status. For short-term admissions such as tourism and business visits, and ...


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The arrival flight is the flight number of the flight which first lands in the US having departed from another country. So this will be the flight which lands in Charlotte. (Example: AA1706) The departure flight is the flight number of the flight which takes off from the US and lands in another country. (Example: AA1707) Don't worry if you have to change ...


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The artist states that he installs and tests most of his works prior to putting them up for sale. If you're that big of a fan, I would suggest emailing him to see if he would be open to you visiting to see any current projects he has installed. He might not want to do give you a full tour of his studio, but he might be OK with you swinging by to check out ...


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You will need to do quite a bit of clicking and reading on HoweArt.net but you can find some pieces outside Orca Island like: OCTO 3 - Installed at City Walk Mall on Al Safa St., Dubai Quite a few others have been sold but currently not indicating where they have been installed.


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Not a terribly practical suggestion, perhaps, but one British woman has rowed solo from Japan to Alaska.


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There's a Metasearch for cruise ships including all costs. You can do a search by region or from region A to region B. Searching California to Asia for the rest of the year it only shows 2 cruises departing for Tokyo from Vancouver, both in September, 14 days ~$1000 with cruise line Celebrity ...


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More important than the dairy is the egg. Given the threat posed by bird flu they're very skittish about eggs. As Michael Hampton said, always declare, always tell the truth about what you're carrying. There's no penalty (beyond the loss of the item) if they decide no, there can be substantial fines for trying to slip something past them. In general if ...


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You can travel on Freight Ships. (EXAMPLE) I am not so sure why you would like that, because there are also cruises to go your route. As for my understanding, your problem is not getting into Japan (an island) but leaving the US. There are many commercial ferries and sea routes to and from Japan (Korea, China, Taiwan…) But your problem is actually ...


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Many cruise lines offer transpacific routes. Here is one I found via Google (cruise Vancouver Japan) link If you want to travel regularly, this would not be the best option due to the limited number of ships making that route, but for a one-time trip, it seems reasonable.


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Ferries between Japan and Korea, China and Russia. Currently no ferry between Panama and Colombia. However, several companies offer multi-day tours between the two countries. Here's one. No ferries between America and Asia, not even between Alaska and Russia. And no ferries between the Americas and Greenland, Europe or Africa. Charter flights between ...


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Because you're transiting through an airport with US preclearance, Etihad recommends that you carry food items in your carry-on luggage. If the food is in your checked luggage, then it has to be brought up from the baggage area for inspection, then returned, which can add a significant delay to your customs clearance, and possibly cause you to miss your ...



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