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The practice of remaining in a country longer than allowed by one's stay permit (visa or residency card).

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What to do if I overstayed my e-visa for Saint Petersburg/Leningrad Oblast

I failed to leave Saint Petersburg in time because my flight would have had to stop in Moscow, which is not allowed with the e-visa I have (see also this question). Now I'm not allowed to leave the ...
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Leaving Thailand after months-long overstay (can't pay fine)

I missed my plane after staying just a couple weeks in Thailand and stayed with my girlfriend. I ended up out of money and no ticket home. I keep hearing about staying a day over here, but nothing ...
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Can I return to the United States as a tourist after being there illegally for most of my life, as a minor?

I was born in Brazil and came to the United States at the age of 7, in 2007. I no longer need to live in the United States because I have found success in investing and no longer depend on having a ...
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Can I voluntarily exit from the US after a 20 year overstay, or could I be detained at the airport?

Is one allowed to travel back to one's country of origin using a valid passport issued by the consular office in the US? Would that trigger detention in the airport? Overstayed over 2 decades and ...
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Canadian overstayed in the US for 14 years. Can I leave to Canada and return back to the US? [closed]

I have overstayed my visa for 14 years. I am from Canada and stayed in the USA for the last 14 years illegally. My mom is terribly sick and I must return to Canada. I have been living with John for 13 ...
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Overstayed my US visa for over 9 years, never got deported, can I return as a tourist?

I have a particular situation here, In March of 1997 I travelled to the US as a tourist and lived there illegally for almost 9 years. I was never arrested, or had any trouble with the law, I was never ...
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What will happen if my flight gets cancelled after my 90 days is up and I am already at the gate?

What will happen if I were to go to the airport on my last day of my Schengen visa, I get to the airport, and my flight is not canceled. I go through security and immigration. I get to my gate and my ...
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How can I check if I am banned from travelling to the US?

I am a UK citizen and I last entered the US in 1998 under the Visa Waiver Program. I overstayed the maximum permitted time, leaving after approximately 21 months total stay. At no time was I ...
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How seriously should I take a CBP interview where I was told I have a red flag and could only stay for 30 days?

I’m 20 year old girl traveling on a ESTA for the second time over a longer period. The first time I used it for a longer 2 months period in June. Then I went home for one month and now I am back. The ...
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I overstayed in US and I'm barred for ten years, but I want to visit my kid

I am a French citizen. 2003 -> 2012 : I have lived and worked in US under lawful visas. 2012 -> 2019 : I overstayed in US. 2008 : I got married in US with a green card holder non-US citizen. 2015 : ...
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Visiting the US after overstaying as a minor 13 years ago?

I can't seem to find a story related to mine so here it is. I am 25 and a German citizen. In 1998 when I was 7 years old my family moved to the states and we stayed until early 2002 and left ...
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Overstayed Schengen visa by 1 day because of delayed flight, consequences?

So I had 7 day business visa for Germany and I spent exactly 7 days in Berlin. My flight back home was through Frankfurt but the flight to Frankfurt was delayed which led to me missing the connecting ...
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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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Passport lost 4 days before grace period ends. How to avoid illegal stay?

I am a Pakistani citizen on a student visa in the USA. I am on a grace period to leave the country. Just a week before my 60-day grace period ends, I lost my passport. I want to return to my country ...
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Overstayed my US visa for over 10 years, never got deported, can I return as a tourist? [duplicate]

In 2000, I traveled to the US via a J-1 Work And Travel program and lived there, illegally, for 11 years. I was never arrested, or had any trouble with the law, I was never deported. I paid my taxes (...
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Overstayed my VWP in 2008 due to marriage - will I be denied a B2?

in 2008 I messed up badly. I traveled 3 times to the US on VWP. The first 2 times stayed the full length. Upon my third entry on VWP I was put through secondary inspection and asked tons of questions. ...
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Overstayed in the Philippines for years: How to go back to the US without paying a big fine?

I'm a U.S. Citizen and I have been overstaying in the Philippines for 5 years. I want to go back to U.S what's the penalty? I don't have enough money to pay a big fine, is there a way to avoid that?
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My mom's return ticket is 3 days after I-94 expires

My mom currently holds a valid B-2 Visa, which expires 06/25/2019. I bought her a ticket and she entered on June 3rd and her return flight is on the 28th. I read that she could enter the US any day ...
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What happens if I'm forced to overstay in the U.S. because my flight is delayed or cancelled?

What generally happens if I am forced to overstay my legal stay in the USA because my flight gets delayed, cancelled, or diverted? Will I be banned from entering the USA? Will I still be able to use ...
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ESTA revoked. Can I enter on another passport?

My boyfriend overstayed his visa in the US without realizing (long story) and he was traveling on his British passport via ESTA. His ESTA was revoked as a result. He has now applied for a visa on his ...
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The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Reporting Obligations?

I am informed that a new "Act of Parliament" has a section entitled... Obligation to record information against an overseas visitor’s consistent identifier So when a patient registers for a ...
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US entry after multi-year overstay advice

Looking for advice. My sister in law lived in the US for 4 years, overstaying her visa. She worked, paid taxes and rent. She came back to UK a year ago due to family illness and now wants to return. ...
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Having overstayed in the US and now wanting to go back to India, will there by any problem at US Immigration?

I overstayed in the US, and now I want to go back to my home country (India) after three years. Will there be a problem with US Immigration while departing?
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Overstayed in the USA for 2 years was arrested then deported. When can I return? [closed]

My wife, a Texan native, married me in my home country, the United Kingdom, in 2011, but shortly after had to return to the States for family matters. Six months later I joined her in Texas on a 90-...
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Overstayed my visa, left few months after my 18th birthday. Can I go back to visit?

So, I lived in the United States from when I was 5 until I was 18. My family and I overstayed our visa for about 4 years. I graduated high school in 2017 and moved back to my home country 3 months ...
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Will I be allowed back in to UK despite a passport stamp as shown?

I am a Canadian who entered the UK a few weeks ago from Holland. I am an idiot and didn't really have much of a plan for how long/what I would be doing while in the UK. I didn't have a ticket out of ...
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Overstaying in the US, is it possible to go to Guam and get back to LA?

A friend has been overstaying in the US for 8 months, he has a valid tourist visa. Will he be able to go to Guam and get back to LA? Do you have to go through customs and immigration? Thank you!
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What are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa?

According to law, what are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa? In practice, how likely is one to be penalized for overstaying by a day, 10 days, and a month? Are there ...
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Overstay in UK 8 years ago - with mention in passport

I over stayed in the UK (Scotland) for more than a year and while returning to India, they wrote (handwritten) 1515/a in my passport. It happened 8 years ago. Will there be still any record of that ...
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Overstayed my visa in Germany by 9 days

I went on a business trip to Frankfurt from August 27 to October 3rd. Initially, I was supposed to stay there until September 23rd, but some work emergency happened and I stayed a little longer. While ...
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Re-entering the UK after overstaying in 2008

I overstayed for a year over 10 years ago with student visa. When I left the UK voluntarily, the custom officer told me I needed to explain to the officer with a reason if I re-enter the country, this ...
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Can I be admitted to the US after a two-year overstay 21 years ago?

I overstayed my 90 day holiday waiver USA visa 21 years ago by about 2 years! I was young and foolish at the time. I so want to visit Graceland with my teenage daughter. Do I stand any chance at all? ...
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Overstaying Ukrainian visa due to Coronavirus

I am in Ukraine, where public transportation has been stopped (including flights), and people are not allowed to move from province to province. My visa expires soon, and it looks like public ...
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My Schengen visa got revoked mid-trip, what should I do?

Originally, I was planning to do a trip to Switzerland (entry) and then travel to Slovenia. Slovenia was going to be my main destination so I got the visa from them. But just a day before the trip, I ...
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How does the US know if someone has overstayed?

How does the US know whether you have overstayed your tourist visa without having an exit stamp on your passport? How is it really calculated?
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ESTA denied because overstay - how to appeal?

My father's ESTA was cancelled after he overstayed with 3 months due to Covid. It was extended every 30 days because his flight was cancelled and there were no flights to Europe in that period of time,...
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Can you travel to Canada if banned from the USA?

This page from the Government of Canada indicates the two countries are sharing relevant information. So would Canada refuse entry to someone who is banned from the US because of overstaying?
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What are the penalties for overstaying in USA?

I have an Indian friend that overstayed in America for 10 months. Initially, he has a visa for work in USA for 3 months and it expired in the meantime and now is staying there without a valid visa. ...
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How do we get a health extension for the US visa waiver program?

My Mum has been visiting family in the USA for 90 days from the UK; she has become too sick to return to England. How can we extend for 2 more months?
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Whom to contact for an inevitable Schengen overstay because of medical reasons?

I'm travelling to Switzerland and France on a tourist (Schengen-C visa). The visa was issued by Switzerland (for 15 days), but my return flight is from Paris. In the hypothetical case that I'm ...
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What will happen if I overstay in Sweden by 1 day?

I am a Canadian Citizen going to Sweden on the 90 day visa-free short stay. I am wondering if it is a big deal to over stay by one day. I'll be arriving on the 30th of May and I want to leave on the ...
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I overstayed in US for over 9 years. When can I apply for a visa again?

I came to the US in 2002 on a tourist visa after I got my US visa multiple entry in the Philippines. I was able to find a job in the US and stayed for over 9 years. I had no bad record and worked ...
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Getting a B2 visa after an overstay almost 25 years ago

I know this question was asked many times, and I read most of the answers, only my quest centers on the time that has passed since my overstay. Briefly, my story is I visited the US as a tourist ...
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Will it matter if I cross the Russian border 6 hours after my visa expires?

I am visiting Moscow, Russia and leaving on a specific date in July, per my tourist visa. I'll be leaving via bus, going into Lithuania. I just realized that the bus leaves at 10:30pm the day my visa ...
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I overstayed and was deported from Taiwan, how long am I now banned for?

After legally living and working in Taiwan for over 10 years, I overstayed my ARC card (it's a long and emotional story), for 2197 days and was detained for 3 months in the Nantau (?) Detention Centre ...
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How do I get past a 3-year ban from overstay with VWP? [duplicate]

I have an overstay with a VWP of 333 days, I had to leave the US in January 2018 but stayed until December 2018 to take care of an American citizen who has no family. I have a 3 year ban. So I had to ...
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Overstaying and documents

I was born in the US but migrated to the Philippines when I was 5 years old. My documents were taken by my aunts who told us that they would take care of the documents. They told us they would take us ...
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Canadian citizen returning to the US after a 10-year ban

I entered the US in 1997 on a student visa. My visa expired in 2002 but I did not leave the US. On my way to Canada I was stopped by the US Border Patrol in 2006. I was arrested for overstaying my ...
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Overstayed Schengen Visa, how long to wait before entering again?

I have overstayed a Schengen tourist visa in Hungary by about 2 months, due to just incredible foolishness and not checking visa rules thoroughly. I was denied entry back in, not fined or banned, but ...
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What to do if forced to overstay in the UK due to illness?

Someone I know, a national of Monaco, has been invited the UK to give a number of guest lectures at the UCL over the course of 29 days. For this purpose he does not need a visa, with the maximum stay ...
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