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US Port of Entry: what to answer for “Are you traveling with anyone”

I am a student on F1 visa. My husband is working on an H1B. We are both Indian Nationals. At the port of entry, since our visas are separate (i.e. one is not a dependent of the other), we approach the ...
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Applied for a C1 visa but got a B1/B2 visa

I applied for a USA C1 transit visa. My visa was approved, and when I received my passport, I saw that the visa class is B1/B2. Did I get a regular visit visa or am I missing something?
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If you are denied entry to a country at the airport, can you chose to fly to another destination?

I am Canadian and my wife doesn't have an actual passport but a Document of Identity from Hong Kong. We both currently live in San Francisco and have a TN and TD visa. We would like to visit my family ...
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Are there any repercussions from having an Israeli stamp in my passport?

I have heard people say that having a stamp from Israel in your passport can cause problems when trying to get into other countries. Is there any truth to this statement? If so, which countries does ...
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If I have estranged relatives in the UK, what do I submit in a tourist visa application?

My parents are planning to visit the UK and Europe, and have engaged a tourism company for this. While reviewing the documents they sent us, I noticed that the field asking about friends or relatives ...
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I was given someone else's visa, stamped in my passport

I applied for a UK visa but I received it with the wrong stamp. Somebody else's visa is stamped in my Passport. What do should I do?
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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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Is the ban on applying for a US visa after marriage fraud a lifetime ban or 10 years?

A Jamaican committed marriage fraud about 30 years ago by marrying a US citizen in a marriage where the groom was paid a certain amount of money to marry her. The groom got in legal trouble for an ...
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What is 'funds parking' in the context of UK visa applications?

I read somewhere that 'funds parking' in your bank account during last minute is considered as 'mild deception' by consular officers which may lead to a denial. Please explain why 'funds parking' in ...
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Why does Nizhni Novgorod have visa restrictions?

When filling out a form for a Russian visa, there is a specific question asking if I will be flying directly into a city called Nizhnii Novgorod from outside of Russia. I am not, but I think it's ...
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Slightly illicit: felon traveling on a US passport; will I be refused entry to the UK?

I was convicted of a felony in the US, and my conviction will not be considered "spent" as of the period in which I intend to travel to the UK. I understand if I were to apply for a standard visa I ...
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How to get my passport back to me in Michigan from a travel agent in California, when he wants me to buy his services?

An agent who was supposed to get me a visa to Saudi Arabia is not returning my passport. He wants me to send him extra money or buy his services, to mail my passport. I am time constrained, as I have ...
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Can I fly from Malaysia to Singapore airport without a visa, assuming I don't pass immigration and fly straight back?

I am from Yemen and I am studying in Malaysia. well the iPhone 7 is coming out soon and I am planing to buy it from Singapore, they do have istudio in the airport so I though if i book a round ...
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Can I enter the UK on a visitor visa if I broke up with my sponsor (girlfriend)?

I have a UK multi-entry visa valid for 6 months. It was sponsored by my then girlfriend, and I used it in January 2017 to visit her. However, we broke up few months after that. I have plans to travel ...
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How to independently visit Saudi Arabia?

I've read that Saudi Arabia doesn't grant tourist visas to independent travelers. I've also read that recently they grant visas to group of travelers, if the tour is organized by a recognized tour ...
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Getting US visa for a job meeting

I am a self-taught software developer been working online for a while. I've been building a software for an employee in a company and getting paid through Paypal. The company now decides to buy the ...
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Is there any online resource that can tell me what visa rules are for passport holders of a specific country?

When thinking about travelling, I often have to think about a place to visit, and then look up visa rules for that particular country. This can be a fairly painful process because official government ...
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What is the best way to obtain visas for the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway?

I'm planning on taking the trans-Siberian / trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing via Ulaan Bataar next year and I'd like some advice on how best to organise the visa situation. I'm a British ...
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How to fly with Ryanair as a non-EU citizen?

I received my Schengen visa, thanks to numerous Q&A found on this site. I have flights booked for in and out, and I'm considering to use Ryan Air to travel between a few cities. I'm a Sri Lankan ...
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Does a multiple-entry Schengen visa allow visiting other Schengen countries later, without going via the issuing country?

My wife was just issued a multiple entry visa by France, which is good for one year. Our first trip will be to France, the issuing country. My question is: after we leave the EU and return, must ...
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Meaning of asterisks and binary mask in the US visa

What do these two sections mean in the United States visa? Asterisks (stars) below a photo. Some kind of binary mask of size 4. On this photo, it is 0111 in the right middle part of a visa. Most ...
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Why does Ryanair check non-EU passengers' visas on intra-Schengen and domestic flights?

Ryanair requires that all non-EU citizens report to the check-in counter to verify their immigration status, even on intra-Schengen and domestic flights. According to Ryanair's official website the ...
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Working in the USA for living expenses only; allowed on VWP?

My 18-year old niece has been offered work in LA by a 20 year old American born videographer she met at the Cannes Film Festival. She is learning scriptwriting/directing. He has suggested that he pays ...
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What is the least useful passport in the world, visa-wise?

An Israeli colleague and I were debating the merits of his passport, and that he can't travel to many countries. So with the proviso that a passport is not 'useful' if you require a visa to get into ...
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Does my wife, who is accompanying me to a conference in Australia, need a separate visa application?

I am from India. I have been invited to a conference in AI to be held in Australia this year. I want my wife to accompany me during the trip, since we wish to tour Australia as well during the same ...
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Can I visit Schengen countries on a Type-D Schengen Visa? [duplicate]

I’m going to Germany for a semester exchange and I have a long-stay visa from Germany. Can I travel to the other Schengen states during this period with this visa or do I have to apply for a separate ...
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What is the US Visa Waiver Program and what is an ESTA?

I wish to travel to the US and think I am eligible to do so under the Visa Waiver Program. I found a lot of information out there but am still having some trouble understanding how this works. What ...
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Is it possible to be denied entry into USA after being granted a tourist visa by my local embassy?

I have a trip to the USA planned for 2018. I am a citizen of Montenegro - we are on good standing with the Americans, but we do need to apply for a visa in order to visit. The possible issue is - I ...
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If I arrive in the UK, and then head to mainland Europe, does my Schengen visa 90 day limit start when I arrived in the UK, or mainland Europe?

As the UK is technically still a member of the EU, I just wanted to be sure of this before booking travel arrangements. The idea is to arrive in the UK and stay there for 2-4 weeks, and then ...
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Can I remove official documents stapled into my passport?

I have an American passport. When I received my French student visa 2 years ago, I also received work authorization for the duration of my study abroad. The work authorization is a two/three page ...
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What happens to visas that last longer than a passport?

I'm about to get a visa that will outlast my passport by roughly three or four months. The time difference is not a lot and probably won't have any big effect on anything but it got me wondering. Does ...
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Is changing your passport a good strategy for removing a negative immigration history in Schengen?

When certain nationalities of people want to travel in the Schengen zone, they are required to apply for a Schengen visa. This is a straight-forward process for most, but when an applicant has had ...
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Issuing authority of passport is only written in Cyrillic script. How to fill it into a Schengen visa application?

I am helping a Russian national fill out an application for a Norwegian Schengen visa (Type C). The form asks for "Issuing authority". In the applicant's passport, this is only given in Cyrillic, (as ...
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How can I ensure my trip to the UK will not have to be cancelled because of Brexit?

I've got a trip planned to the UK in June. Due to brexit, I'm worried what changes may be introduced before my arrival. I'm traveling on a EU / Polish passport. I'm going for a couple weeks of ...
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Using a non-US passport to travel domestically for a US citizen, as my US passport has expired

I am a US-(another country) dual citizen currently living in the States. The only forms of ID I have right now are the US and non-US passports. Naturally, the latter has no US visa in it. I need to ...
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What happens when you book a flight to a country you don't have a visa for?

I'm a travel newbie but I do want to travel to a lot of places. It seems that I could book flights to where ever I want to go, but some countries have visa requirements. What happens if you do get a ...
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If a baby is born mid-flight, what happens visa-wise for them when they land in a foreign country, sans-passport?

I asked a similar question about what nationality a newborn midflight gets, but I'm also now wondering - when they land, what happens? Normally you need a passport and possibly a visa to travel - so ...
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Refused entry at Gare du Nord due to stolen BRP

My UK biometric residence permit (BRP) was stolen in Paris and I was not allowed to board my return flight. I was advised to try Gare du Nord as you could speak with an immigration officer there, who ...
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Schengen visa to Norway to visit my wife refused

I am an Afghan citizen married to a Polish woman. We lived together for almost 6 months in Afghanistan. She is now living in Norway and has been for almost 5 years. She works as a nurse and has enough ...
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How can a child with one Chinese parent, but a non-Chinese passport travel to China?

My daughter has one Chinese parent, and one parent from an other country (A). She was born outside of China. At birth she acquired citizenship of country A, and she has an A passport. How can she ...
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Ordinary Traveller: How to use Timatic?

I have read that Timatic is widely used by many Airlines to check what document requirements passengers have to fulfil to board international flights. The Demo link on Timatic web is broken but I ...
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Visa-friendly country for an international conference?

Let's suppose I want to organize a conference with one attendee from each country of the globe. Considering visa fees/problems, where would be a convenient location? If transportation was not ...
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Do I need to ask for a correction if I received a multiple-entry Schengen visa instead of a single-entry one?

I applied for a single entry Schengen visa via the Austrian Embassy. They've given me a multiple entry Schengen visa and along with it a leaflet which states to check whether the information is ...
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Can I recover cost for being denied entry in a country. Flight, Hotel or even transfer money

Me and my family, my wife my son aged 11 and daughter aged 9 travelled via Germany from UK to Tunisia for a 8 night holiday. We all hold UK passport therefore no visa is required. Hotel and transfer ...
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Couldn't return papers to border officials last time. Should I be afraid when going back to USA?

Three years ago I was on holidays in Canada and visited the Niagara Falls. I also went to the American side of the falls and got something like a "short-term visa". I also got a green paper with all ...
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Can a yacht anchor in USA waters without the crew having visas?

If a sailing boat is on passage in international waters near US territory, can it anchor overnight within territorial waters for eg shelter/rest/repairs or whatever if nobody goes ashore?
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Arriving at night before Schengen visa valid date? [duplicate]

I'll be traveling to Germany this May and my planes would arrive at 4 May 20.30 at Frankfurt Airport but the Schengen visa that I received is valid only at 5 May. Is it possible to enter if it's only ...
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What does CWOP mean on visa cancelled stamp?

I was traveling to Dubai on a tourist visa. I was stopped by Immigration and my visa was cancelled; they also wrote CWOP on the stamp. Will this cause problems the next time I travel?
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Booking travel tickets for visa without paying?

I am in the process of filling the forms for my wife and daughter (Chinese) to travel with me (British) to the UK for a short holiday. On the government advice located at http://www.ukba.homeoffice....
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Confused about visa question: “Voluntarily elected to depart the UK” ? Yes or No?

I applied and successfully received a student visa from India in October 2017. I traveled to the UK on October 12, but could not register for the course. Since the latest registration date for my ...