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Large English-speaking country in North America between Canada and Mexico, and Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Used for questions on traveling from, to, or through the USA. For general questions about North America, use the [north-america] tag but be more specific (eg State) where relevant.

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Why do US officers sometimes stamp non-US passports?

I wonder why US officers sometimes stamp non-US passports, since nowadays all entries/exits are electronically recorded. E.g., I have a green card + French passport, and I don't the point of receiving ...
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Is an in-progress visa application a problem for getting a visa waiver?

A friend who is a UK citizen is planning to visit me in the US in November, when the Covid travel restrictions will get changed. Due to a miscommunication, she mistakenly began the process of applying ...
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Will USA border agents think it's suspicious that I take my personal and work laptop?

I live in Canada and will travel to USA tomorrow for non-essential purposes. I return on Sunday. On Monday I start a new remote job in Canada. I want to take both my personal and work laptop, because ...
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Extending my stay if J1 visa has expired but I already have a B1/B2 visa

My J1 visa has just expired today and from tomorrow I have only 30 days grace period. I do have my active B1/B2 visa which I applied 3 years ago before I received my J1 visa. Can I extend my stay ...
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Is Diversity lottery eligibility based on country of citizenship or country of birth? [migrated]

If a person is born in a country that is still eligible for US Lottery visa, however he or she is a citizen of other country that is not eligible for US Diversity lottery, should he or she apply for ...
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Are unofficial International Driving Permits of any use?

The American Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA) are the only organizations that issue official International Driving Permit (IDP) for US driver licenses. ...
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Why do some countries typically stamp one's passport when arriving by air but typically not by land?

For example, if one enters canada or the United States by land, typically no stamp is applied to one's passport. However, if one enters Canada or the United States by air, typically a stamp is applied ...
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Why do American gas stations' bathrooms apparently use these huge keys?

In one episode of Beavis and Butt-head from the 1990s, they are out back at a gas station. There is a vending machine with a bathroom door on each side of it marked "MEN" and "WOMEN&...
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Do red cross signs on the street mean I am not allowed to drive into this alley in Seattle?

I saw alley this alley: Google Street view The presence of the red crossses at the entrance of the alley (= the bottom of the picture) makes me wonder whether I am allowed to drive into this alley. ...
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Is it allowed to volunteer for a nonprofit hostel (501c) in exchange for lodging under a B1/B2/VWP visa in the United States? [duplicate]

Duties are generally helping new guests, preparing new rooms and similar duties. It is a voluntary service program. I will not get any compensation except the lodging in exchange for volunteering. ...
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Visiting the US under VWP as a C-Corp shareholder

I'm in a situation that I haven't read about, but imagine wouldn't be super uncommon. I'm a co-founder of and own 50% of a C-Corp entity. My other founder is a US citizen who owns the remaining 50%. ...
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How would the INS find out about a visa overstay?

I see all kinds of guidance on various travel resources about visa overstays, penalties, forgiveness, excemptions, blah, blah. However, none of the resources that I have seen ever say how the INS ...
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Did I overstay my F1 visa by staying in the US for 5 months after graduation?

According to the dates written on my f1 visa paper, I did not overstay. According to PROGRAM START/END DATE written on I-20 form, I did not overstay. However I think F1 visa is valid as long as you ...
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Can I travel to the UAE while working remotely for my non-UAE (USA) employer?

Planning to visit Dubai, UAE for a month while working remotely for my US employer. I will be on a 30-day tourist visa in the UAE. Any issues to look out for? I've been browsing through lots of ...
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DS-160 Validity/Expiry

I have read that the DS-160 (Non-immigrant visa application for the US) expires after 30 days. This is probably true for applications that are not yet submitted, so that they get purged from the ...
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Can I pay my "Good to Go" toll bill without a "Good to Go" pass and without having to have access to the letter they sent me?

I drove through some bridges and tunnels in Seattle, some of which had a toll fee levied by the Good to Go toll collection system. Can I pay my "Good to Go" toll bill without a physical &...
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Are Global Entry LPR members obligated to carry a passport when flying into the US?

The Global Entry application asks for your passport information in addition to your Green Card, even though technically speaking you only need a Green Card to enter the US. Does this mean one is ...
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Can I legally drive through the backstreets in Seattle?

Assume that: I have a valid US driver's license and have the other elements to legally drive on a normal street in the US. I'd like drive through a backstreet in Seattle but I'm not doing so to ...
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Is this email for toll violations from CVM (Citations and Violations Management) a scam?

I got an email from CVM stating that I didn't pay a toll. I was told the bill was $106. When I logged onto their website there was an administrative fee attached to it of $50 making the total $156. ...
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Why must hotel customers check out after a stay longer than a rather low number of days in the United States?

I was reading the policies of two hotels, one in California and one in Seattle. I was surprised to read that hotel customers must check out after 13 days at the hotel in Seattle and 4 weeks at the ...
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Confused on UK to US travel in regards to testing

Traveling from UK to USA on 13th September with a layover in Amsterdam. On the way back it's USA to UK with a layover in Amsterdam. Traveling with my US wife (I'm a British citizen). Both fully ...
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Choosing between 2 google map routes

I need to travel in my car from Milwaukee to Redmond and I see on Google maps that there are 3 options. Notice that routes #1 and #2 have almost the same distance. I am wondering as different ...
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How can one find out how many days per year a city x experiences a temperature of less than y degrees at time z of the day?

I'm trying to estimate which clothes I should bring when traveling to some city in the US. Is there any online resource that indicates how many days per year a city x experiences a temperature of less ...
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If I am married to a US citizen, do I need to travel on an ESTA?

I have been married to a US citizen for 12 years and we both live in the UK. I don't hold a green card and normally travel to the US on an ESTA. I was in the US a month ago and I believe the only ...
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I have a valid US visa which is valid till 2030. I am planning to include my middle name i my renewed passport

I have a valid US visa till 2030. I intend to include my middle name in the passport when I renew it as my Aadhar card has the middle name and this is required to be entered in the form required for ...
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Is it possible to do a round-the-world trip by train and passenger ship only? Missing link for crossing the Pacific

One of my bucket list projects is to go around the globe - solely by using railways and scheduled passenger ships. I found out that the thing is nearly possible, except one missing link. The travel ...
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What is the difference between "Information Regarding Entry and Exit" and "travel history" for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection?

I see: "Travel history": https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/history-results "Information Regarding Entry and Exit": https://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia/records What is the ...
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US ESTA & Visa Waiver: Spent 3+3 months in 2020, Returning in 2021

I spent 3 months from March to May 2020 in the US while on ESTA visiting my boyfriend. I went back to my home country before the 3 month period ended. In June 2020, I decided to come back again and ...
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Crossing the US-Canada border by car through visitor visa

I'm an Indian citizen, and I am planning to travel to Canada from USA by land through my personal car. However my USA driving license is expired, and the DMV is not allowing me extend in my current DL....
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Can I leave USA as a US citizen prior to end of 2-week quarantine after arrival

Somewhat related to this question, but not duplicate. I am a dual USA/UK citizen residing in the UK. General travel from the UK to USA is currently banned; however, the USA does allow its citizens to ...
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Is filing the physical version of US customs form (CBP Declaration Form 6059B) of any use when flying to the US and entering via Global Entry?

Flight attendants sometimes hand out physical versions of US customs form (CBP Declaration Form 6059B) during the flight to the US. Is that of any use when using Global Entry? If the citizenship ...
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Official COVID vaccination documentation from the USA

I'll be traveling to Ukraine next week. One of the requirements for traveling to Ukraine are negative result of PCR test for COVID-19 (validity 72 hours); or a document confirming the receipt of a ...
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Do some Schengen area countries share entry-exit data with the United States automatically?

As a follow-up to this question I asked a while back, a recent article on QZ claims Despite holding valid visas and proof of being out of a restricted area for more than 14 days, some travelers are ...
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Can I visit my father in the USA if I'm fully vaccinated?

This is a part two for this question: Can I visit my father in the USA? I'm now fully vaccinated- two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. It has been two weeks since my last dose and I have a certificate ...
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mismatching information in DS-160 form and the embassy site

On my DS-160 form the type of my visa is B1/B2 whilst on the embassy site it is an F-1 student visa and my appointment is within 5 days. Can I change the DS-160 information (it has been more than 30 ...
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Caribbean Islands or adjacent to the sea? Onward ticket ESTA requirements!

After reading the following pages... https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/non-immigrant-visa-faqs/visa-waiver-program-and-esta/ https://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/visa-waiver-program.html I have a question ...
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Any travel insurances covering canceled flights/trains before the day of departure?

Suppose we're dealing with the following scenarios (that actually happened to me): Being in the middle of a trip in the US, Amtrak canceled the train that I was supposed to take 10 days before the ...
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Can I change planes to transit via the USA, when I am not allowed to enter it for non-essential reasons due to covid restrictions?

I'm a Dutch citizen, and on September, right as Canada begins allowing foreign tourists, I plan to fly there for a much-desired holiday. The affordable flight connections however all require me to ...
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Can I travel to the USA as a British citizen, along with my wife who is an American citizen?

We plan to book flights from 13 September 2021 to 24 September 2021 to the USA. This site: https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/u-s-visa-and-travel-faqs/ states that you cannot enter the USA if you've been ...
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US Passport renewal strategy in 2021

So my US passport has less than a year of life left on it. The current renewal times border on the ridiculous. 12 weeks for expedited and 18 weeks for "routine". The only alternative seems ...
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How do I get a real Id when i can't provide marriage records

I was married in 1997 in New Jersey for maybe a week when I found out my husband and his kind family were only using me to obtain a green card. Therefore, I went back to California and left him. I ...
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What to write on Current Employer in DS-160 Form when i am unemployed for last 1 year [migrated]

I finished my PhD in june 2020, now recently I have received a postdoc offer and all the documents to start in the US, and I'm now completing my application for a J1 visa. So in the "current ...
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Why does Google Maps say that driving from San Francisco to Seattle via Portland is 30 minutes faster than driving from San Francisco to Seattle?

I read the following ETAs: GMaps: San Francisco to Seattle: 13h23min. GMaps: San Francisco to Seattle via Portland, Oregon: 12h55min. Why does Google Maps say that driving from San Francisco to ...
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Refused visa from USA. Letter is lost but so what can I disclose for New Zealand visa?

I applied for a USA visitor visa back in 2018 but was refused. I lost the refusal letter but didn't read it thoroughly and now I don't remember the reason of the refusal. Now I am planning for a ...
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Customs and visa formalities will be done [duplicate]

My ticket is from Mumbai (India) to Dallas via Newark. Where the customs and visa formalities will be don - at Newark or at Dallas?
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How does the CDC decide whether an itinerary **requires** an overnight connection?

I read this quote from the CDC reported by jcaron: If I have one or more connecting flights to the US, does the 3-day period apply to the first flight or the last one? Do I need to get another test ...
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How does the CDC define an overnight stay?

I read this quote from the CDC reported by jcaron: If I have one or more connecting flights to the US, does the 3-day period apply to the first flight or the last one? Do I need to get another test ...
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Travel immediately after swearing in as a US citizen?

My brother-in-law is a UK citizen who just passed his US citizenship interview. They scheduled his oath ceremony for late August, and he has flights to Mexico booked for late October, so he wouldn't ...
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What is the correct visa to visit my employer office in USA?

The situation is similar to another question but not identical. I am Brazillian and live in Brazil, my employer is a company with offices in multiple countries, my contract with them is with an office ...
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Can I travel to US with B1/B2 visa and still continue to work remotely for my local employer (like work from remote area set-up) for 4-6 months? [duplicate]

I will travel in the USA for a period of 4 - 6 months, but I will continue to do time working for my current employer (remote work set-up) and getting paid by the local (non-US) employer. Would there ...

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