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Do I have to leave the Schengen area if I have a short term (C) visa that will expire right before my National Visa (D) officially starts?

If I have a Type C visa from the Norwegian embassy valid for February 9-28, and my Type D national visa from the German embassy valid from March 1 - August 31, 2017, do I need to leave/fly out of the ...
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Long lay over in Seoul. Do I need a visa as a Filipino citizen?

I'm a Filipino immigrant from USA about to visit home in December. I have a 14-hour lay over in Seoul, South Korea. Do I need a visa to leave the airport to do a little sightseeing?
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Schengen visa for two subsequent short trips: One visa or two?

I will go to France from 17/12/13 – 19/12/13, then I will come back to London. And again I will go back to Portugal and Spain from 26/12/13 to 03/01/14 which I will stay in Spain for the longest ...
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Least Strict Schengen Visa Application? - France or Italy

My wife and I would like to travel to Europe later this year. We live in the U.S.A. but she needs to obtain a Schengen Visa (short stay) as she is not a U.S. citizen (she's a permanent resident). Our ...
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Is there a limit to a total number of months a holder of UK multiple entry visitor visa can spend in UK per calendar year?

A relative of mine has received a multiple-entry UK visa for 2 years. Is there a particular limit on how many months in total per year she can stay in UK? The way I understand the current rule is that ...
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Do I need transit visa in London with an EEA residence permit?

Do I need a transit visa in London if I am an Egyptian citizen living in Greece with a residence permit? I am travelling from Greece to Italy and I'll do transit landside less than 24 hours. I read ...
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Schengen visa refusal for visitor visa - possible resolution?

My husband is in Switzerland for 6 months with L permit. I applied for visitor visa. I submitted all documents with his entrance visa in which date of his coming back to India was not mentioned but ...
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Entry and exit from different Schengen countries

I came to Netherlands from Dubai on a business visa. Now I wish to travel to Paris by train and after two days wish to leave to Dubai direct from Paris. Am I allowed to exit Paris to Dubai when the ...
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Can I enter the UK with a Schengen visa?

I am planning a trip to France and other Schengen countries. First point of entry will by France. I am from South africa. Can I visit from France, with a Schengen visa from there the UK? Can I apply ...
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Indian Visa in expired passport, new passport with husband's surname

I have an Indian visa valid till 2013 in my old passport. But since I just got married I'm changing my surname and hence changing my passport. Will my Indian visa in my now old passport be valid, ...
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Schengen visa for multiple visits, how to fill out the forms?

I'm planning to travel to France a few times in the next few months (tourist). Since I need a Schengen visa, I just don't know how to fill out the forms (which only have questions about travel dates ...
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What are the options for a non-EU national who wants to stay in Sweden for more than 90 days?

I am a Canadian Citizen, visiting Sweden for 90 days without a visa. Is it possible to extend by just 15 days? If so, please provide information as to where I can find out how much it would cost and ...
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Could a citizen of two countries eligible for 90/180 Schengen stays legally remain in the Schengen area forever through repeat visits?

Assume that a person (not me, I only hold a single citizenship :) has a double citizenship in countries such as the US, Singapore, Australia, Japan, etc, which are eligible for 90/180 visa-free stays ...
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Will I be able to enjoy the 72 hours direct transit exemption in China?

As a follow up of my rather costly mistake, I'd like to ask before I make another one. Under the following conditions, will I be able to use the 72 hour visa free exemption in China as a polish ...
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Can I apply for two Schengen visas if I have two subsequent trips within a short period?

I am traveling to Germany on May 1st for an exhibition for which I have already obtained a visa and its validity is up to May 13th. I am returning on May 12th and then traveling on May 17th to UK, and ...
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Do I need a UK airside transit visa, if I already have a UK visitor visa?

I am an Indian citizen and I do not qualify for DATV concession. Going for a trip to UK and Europe, I am having Multiple entry valid Visitor visa for UK. While on my way back from Paris I will be ...
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Can I enter the Schengen area with a German long-term visa through a different country?

I am an Indian national. Right now I am staying in Israel. I will be moving to Germany on the last week of this month with german national visa directly from tel aviv. Ticket price of direct flight is ...
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Can I board if my flight arrives 1.5 hours before my UK visa becomes valid?

My visa to UK is valid starting from June 25 but my flight to LGW is June 24 10:30 PM (edit: this is landing time not departure based on VCE-LGW flight times presented by easyjet.com). I still have 1....
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When applying for an Indian Passport, how do I know if I'm in the ECR or non-ECR category?

I'm applying for a fresh Passport from India but I don't know what "ECR" & "NON-ECR" mean: "Is applicant eligible for Non-ECR category?" [Yes] [No] I've already Graduated from University. ...
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Visiting Greece with back-to-back Schengen visas (One from Germany, other from Italy)

I have a Schengen Visa issued by Germany, which expire on 11th Jan 2014, and I can remain in the zone till 11th Jan 23.59 PM. I have already visited Germany in the past with this visa, so I can travel ...
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Schengen visa requirements and “validation”

As an Indian citizen there are a bunch of requirements to get a Schengen visa. Some of them are: A reserved ticket (please do correct me if I am wrong) and confirmed hotel reservations. Now, if I don'...
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UK: Is a 10 year ban still valid after acquiring new citizenship?

I am an Indian national and was refused a UK visa in 2009 in NYC and given a 10 year ban, but now I'm a US citizen. Would the ban still apply if I wanted to visit the UK?
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Traveling to US with ESTA but have an Iranian father. Do I need a visa instead?

I am a British citizen and have dual nationality with Hong Kong but my father is Iranian. Does this mean I also have Iranian nationality? I've never held an Iranian passport or traveled to Iran and he ...
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Can you travel to the US prior 1 months of tourist visa expiry?

I've heard that i can travel to the US any time before my tourist visa expiry. Is that true? (please advise)
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Do you need to submit an itinerary to get a Chinese visa? And do you have to stick to it?

There are certain countries which in order to be granted a visa you must submit your intended itinerary. My friend tells me that he thinks China is one of those countries. What do independent ...
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Can I travel to Dublin, Republic of Ireland with UK Tier 2/Schengen visas with Indian Passport

Can anyone please guide me if I can travel to Dublin for a short trip with UK Tier 2 Visa and an Indian Passport? Additionally I have a valid Schengen Visa stamped on passport as well.
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I've received a refusal for a US visa twice under 214(b). How to make sure I won't get refused again when I apply?

My situation: Applied 1st time - got 214(b) was single Applied 2nd time after about 2-3 years as a married person - got 3 year visa, been about 10 times to the States, each time spent no more than 10 ...
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Are the Schengen “airport transit visa” even checked?

I was reading about Schengen transit visas today, and in an answer I saw that Schengen requires some people to have an airport transit visa. This visa is apparently for entering the international ...
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UK visitor visa refused (multiple sponsors)

I helped my mother apply for visitor visa to UK and received a refusal today. Documents submitted included: Mother's - Application letter, 3 year Income Tax return (ITR)(340000:2015-16), Bank ...
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UK Visa in an expired Nigerian passport - what to use?

I am in Nigeria, my passport will expire in 4 months and I have a document to apply for a UK visiting Visa with that passport number. Should I use it like that or go for another passport. If I choose ...
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Do I need a visa to go to Canada from America if I have a Green Card?

I am planning to drive to Niagara Falls to see it from the Canadian side. I have heard good things about seeing it from the other side. So, I want to stay in Toronto for a day, see Niagara Falls and ...
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Refused entry to UK, not sure what to do

I'm a writer and theater/film director who has been traveling nearly all my life without incident. In February, I decided to pull up stakes in NYC and move to London. I am a freelancer and I'm working ...
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Can I write notes in my passport?

There are many times when I'd like to jot a short note in my passport. For example, the business purpose of an entry into a country -- or for countries with automatic passport control and when I don't ...
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Getting refused entry and removed at Heathrow, X in passport

I have been to the UK 12 times and I also had a 2 year visa. My boyfriend lives in England and we have been together 8 years. Last time I visited I was refused entry because I didn't have a return ...
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I have a U.S. tourist visa (B1/B2), is that enough to transit via U.S. airports?

I am going to Canada, I have a valid U.S. tourist visa (B1/B2). Can I transit via a U.S. airport on the way to Canada with this visa? Logically I know I can since I am allowed to enter the U.S. but I ...
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Can I use B1 visa (Visitor-Business) to travel to the Canada without a business purpose?

I got a B1 visa (Visitor-Business) for Canada in 2012 when I traveled to Canada for a business trip from my company. It expires in 2015 and I'd love to visit the Canada again, but for no other purpose ...
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How long can I stay in the UK during a 1-year period?

I am a Chinese citizen holding a HK SAR passport. How long am I able to visit the UK within a 365-day period? My stamp is for 6 months. Could I leave within 6 months but re-enter again a couple of ...
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Can I convince embassies to accept my overpaid credit card as a proof of funds?

I managed to put a few $k USD in my PayPal account from a side business over time. Now, the only problem is PayPal does not have the option to send me the money in a cheque to cash it due to my ...
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UK visa refusal on credibility grounds (longer visit than originally described)

I would like to enquire about the maximum length of stay possible for an individual with a 6-month UK visit visa. Although it's mentioned in the Home Office webpage that granting a 6-month visitor ...
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Can I visit the US for tourism on a previously unused B1/B2 visa?

Note: This is NOT a duplicate of this question Difference: In both other questions, the posters traveled once to the US for the original purpose for which the B1 visa was obtained. Their question ...
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Can I travel to Australia as a tourist on a business visitor visa?

I currently hold a multiple-entry business visitor (subclass 600) visa for Australia valid until January 2020, and I have traveled to Sydney multiple times before for business. I am planning to ...
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What does this mean? “Your UK visa application has been issued”

Your UK visa application has been issued. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE VISA APPLICATION CENTRE BEFORE THEY CONTACT YOU. You will be contacted by the Visa Application Centre when your documents ...
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What are the options when a Schengen visa application is in processing after the proposed travel date?

My friend has applied for a Schengen visa from the Hungarian Embassy. At the first try the visa was rejected due to insufficient travel insurance. When he re-applied again on the 14th June, the visa ...
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Is it easy to enter the UK multiple times on the same Business Visitor Visa?

I got a business visitor visa, sponsored by a company, for a 4-5 day visit. The visa was provided for a period of 6 months, with multiple entry possible. First, what should I carry with me when ...
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Must I enter Europe with Schengen visa from the country where I applied?

If I applied for a Schengen visa from "country A" and I got the visa but I had some commitments in "country B" and I have to finish it before going to Europe should I get back to "country A" to travel ...
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Does the spouse of British national with UK permanent residence need a Schengen visa to travel to France?

My wife is an Indian national with an Indian passport. She holds an indefinite leave to remain in the UK (permanent residence card). Does she need to apply for a Schengen visa before travelling to ...
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Do traffic offences have to be included on the UK visitor visa application?

I have been filling in the UK visitor visa application online, and there is a section under convictions and other penalties: A. Penalty for driving offences, e. g., disqualification for speeding or ...
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Do I need both a UK visa and a Schengen visa?

I am a Filipino Citizen working in Qatar and have a valid Residence Permit. I am planning to visit my wife's sister in the UK, and afterwards we are planning a Schengen tour with the other family ...
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How can I speed up the processing of my Romanian short-stay visa at the Romanian consulate in New York?

I am a US permanent resident planning to go to Romania at the end of December. I was invited by my friend who I will be staying with there during the course of January. However, my citizenship ...
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Does Schengen visa proof of transport requirement include travel inside Europe?

The Schengen checklist for short stay when applying from South Africa via France includes this (emphasis mine): "All transfers (flight/ferry/train/bus/taxi) showing entry & exit from France ...