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Questions tagged [overstaying]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Overstayed my US visa for over 10 years, never got deported, can I return as a tourist?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Can an 'over-stayed' stamp from one country affect my ability to travel to other countries?

I overstayed in South Africa for a week and got this ugly stamp in my passport which bans me from entering South Africa for a year. Now I want to travel to Italy, Paris and London for two months (in ...
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Will I overstay my Visa Waiver if I fly from Mexico to catch a flight in New York back home on the same day?

I read a lot of things here but couldn’t figure out a clear and safe answer to my own question. Thank you for your help! I will go in 3 days to the US, where I will stay exactly for 90 days (I have ...
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My son has overstayed his visa in Cambodia. He has no money. What can I do?

My son, from the UK, is in Cambodia and has overstayed his visa by months. He has no money to pay exit fees. How can I get him home to the UK?
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Overstaying visa in Vietnam by 5(!) minutes

I am in a situation where I landed in Vietnam, and found out I only get 15 days of visa by default. I landed 730am Jan 24th and leaves 00:05am on Feb 9th, which by hours is within 15 days, but if you ...
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Depart US through Mexico while on B1/B2 Visitor visa - how US will know I did not overstay?

I am currently in US with B1/B2 Visitor visa. Plan to depart US through Mexico by car. And then depart Mexico for another South American country. All within 120 day limit of B1/B2 visa. When ...
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What are the penalties and bureaucratic hurdles when overstaying a tourist visa in Cambodia?

I have a Cambodian (ordinary) visa valid until September 17. However I will leave Cambodia on September 18 evening or September 19 morning. On this website it is written that it would cost me $6 per ...
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Penalty for accidentally overstaying in Sweden by 1 day? (US citizen) [duplicate]

I stay 90 days in/90 days out of Sweden on a consistent basis to be with my fiance as much as possible while he finishes his studies (only 1 1/2 years left now, thank god!) We have been doing this ...
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Expired visa, can I still fly inside the US without risk?

I am a foreigner and my student visa expired last month. I do have an American driver's license valid until the end of next year. Can I still fly inside the US without being afraid they will check my ...
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Overstaying ESTA Visa waiver in the US

I recently discovered that I will be over-staying my 90 day visa waiver by 2 days. My question is about leaving the country as I fly from NYC to LA before flying home to Australia and I'm wondering ...
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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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Leaving Namibia only a couple hours after the visa expired

I have a visa for Namibia until the 18th of December. I would like to take a bus from Windhoek to Capetown that leaves Windhoek on December 18th in the afternoon. It would get me to the NAM/SA-border ...
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Consequences of overstaying Schengen visa in Switzerland

I overstayed my Schengen visa by 2 weeks when I traveled to Switzerland. The police in Switzerland gave me a paper saying that I will receive a penalty order in one or two months requiring me to pay a ...
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What will happen if I overstay in South Africa?

I arrived in South Africa from Australia at the end of october, so I have 3 months in the country, but in december I left the country for a month and recently re-entered thinking I would get another 3 ...
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Overstaying a tourist visa in Chile, any other penalties despite a small fine?

I'm on a tourist visa in Chile that will expire in a few days. I might not be able to leave the country in time due to bad weather conditions. I'll need to reenter Chile after. I've frequented the ...
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What happens if a Filipino/Australian overstays in the Philippines?

I have overstayed my 1-year Balikbayan privilege (1 year free visa) because my passport expired while I was in the Philippines. I was born here and have had a previous Philippines passport but have ...
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How important is the 'admitted until' date stamped on my passport while entering the US

I have traveled to the US 3 times now within the past year, on the 2 previous trips, CPB stamped my passport for entry up to 6 months for which I stayed only 2 weeks each. On my 3rd trip in February, ...
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Does my case count as overstaying on a Schengen visa?

I may have a "technical" overstay in the Schengen Zone due to lack of documentation. My history is as follows: 3/6/2013 I entered the Schengen Zone. I have 90 Days Visa-Free exemption in the ...
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Work visa expiring, can I stay as a tourist? [duplicate]

I'm a citizen of Argentina residing in France with a long-stay visa for an internship, valid from September 5th 2018 until January 5th 2019. As an argentinian, I'm allowed to visit Europe as a tourist ...