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comment Declared inadmissibility for possession of drug
Foreigners (even with all the right documents and no past violations) never have a guarantee of entry to the US. Immigration officers have wide latitude to deny entry to foreigners. You voluntarily withdrew your application of admission; if you believed they were wrong, you could have refused to leave the US, but then they would put you in removal proceedings and chances are you would be removed and banned from entering the US for several years due to the removal.
Jul
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comment Do I need to check out and check in my baggage again in transit airport?
"Then you must re-check your bag (even if on the same airline), and pass through TSA security before boarding your onward flight." Often times, for people with connecting flights, there is a place after customs that collects your baggage, and you do not have to exit security.
Jul
15
comment Going on a cruise in 7 1/2 weeks, but my passport is expired, and I don't have a birth certificate with a seal. What are my options?
@Sohcahtoa82: A US citizen, who can satisfactorily prove his US citizenship (e.g. with birth certificate and photo ID, or expired US passport, etc), cannot ultimately be denied entry to the United States under any circumstances. So "getting back into the USA" does not "absolutely require" any particular thing.
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comment Flight to Mexico with Toronto layover
Georgia the country? or Georgia the US state?
Jul
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comment Traveling inside the U.S. with a tourist visa from 3 years ago
@phoog: Yes, if you are a non-citizen at a CBP checkpoint, they can demand you prove your immigration status. But what documents you need to show at a CBP checkpoint is an independent question from what ID you need for traveling. And from the ID you need for traveling, it's not reliably possible to infer immigration status. I did also mention that CBP checkpoints exist.
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comment Traveling inside the U.S. with a tourist visa from 3 years ago
@phoog: But there is no "officer" you will routinely encounter in domestic travel to whom you need to demonstrate immigration status. Once your TSA-accepted ID identifies you correctly and your bags pass the check, you are done with the TSA, no matter what any TSA "officer" may be personally "concerned with". A random person on the street may also be "concerned with someone's immigration status", but that doesn't mean anything.
Jul
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comment Traveling inside the U.S. with a tourist visa from 3 years ago
@phoog: You are talking about a date stamped below the entry stamp that they sometimes put. 1) They don't always put it (and pretty much never did until I-94s became electronic). 2) People (though not the OP) who enter on F or J status get admitted for "D/S", with no specific date. 3) You could have lost your passport, and have a new passport, so there isn't even an entry stamp. 4) The person could still be in the process of or have gotten an Extension of Status, Change of Status, or Adjustment of Status, etc. which does not show up on the passport.
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answered Is immigration and baggage checkin required in Chicago, if I am flying from Tampa to Chennai, India
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comment Visiting Canada when in US on a B1 visa
@Blackbird57: Even if it weren't multiple entry, they can re-enter the US on automatic revalidation as long as their I-94 is still valid.
Jul
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comment US Citizen visiting Canada with a pending passport
"Or will I be trapped in Canada?" You will not be trapped in Canada. A US citizen cannot be denied entry to the US as long as you can satisfactorily prove your US citizenship, e.g. with a US birth certificate and a photo ID, etc. Though you can expect to get some stern talking-to by the immigration officers.
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comment US Citizen visiting Canada with a pending passport
"So, there is no guarantee that I will have my passport in time for the trip even if I did pay for the expedited process." You can do it directly at a passport agency for even faster processing. See travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/… under "If you are traveling within 2 weeks or need a passport for a foreign visa within 4 weeks and:"
Jun
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comment Dual citizenship entering Canada with expired Canadian passport
@Blackbird57: They could. For example, if the passport says you were born in Canada, then that pretty much implies you are a Canadian citizen.
Jun
23
comment What's the actual speed limit on highways in California?
"In California, as in most jurisdictions, the posted speed limit is the maximum allowable speed." This is not true. California has two speed laws. 1) The Maximum Speed Law says you cannot drive faster than 65, or 55 on a two-lane undivided highway, except where posted as 70. 2) The Basic Speed Law says you cannot drive faster than is safe for the conditions. Neither law refers to the "posted speed limit" (except for the 70 exception).
Jun
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comment Renting a car from private persons in California
There is FlightCar (flightcar.com), which is not exactly what you're looking for, as you are still renting from the company, but you are renting private cars that people parked there.
Jun
23
comment Will I be eligible for an Emergency Travel Document?
@Calchas: It also says a US permanent resident with a green card doesn't need a passport to go to the US from anywhere (which is true as the US government is concerned). But in fact pretty much no airline will board a passenger on an international flight without a passport; and the US government does not force any airline to do so. The fact is that the requirements for airlines to let you board are often very different from the requirements that the destination country have to let you enter.
Jun
22
answered Can I travel within the US with only my Valid student visa
Jun
22
comment Will I be eligible for an Emergency Travel Document?
"You will be admitted to the United Kingdom with your expired passport." That assumes the airline will let him on the plane to go to the UK in the first place.
Jun
15
answered B1/B2 visa to J-1 visa, back to B1/B2 visa