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Visitor requesting a cash advance to purchase airfare in-country. Legitimate or scam? [duplicate]

Woman planning to visit me from Ukraine to the US applied for a visa and such, claims to have paid for the visa but needs 500 dollars more for the airfare from Ukraine to the US. She says strict rules ...
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What is meant by “Country of residence” in Australian Visa Application form?

I'm filling in an online application form for an Australian visa, and there is a step "Contact details" which asks for a "Country of residence", specifically "Usual country of residence" (see the ...
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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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Why was my colleague refused a US B1 visa?

I work for a small company in Sweden specialized in niched environmental consultancy involving a lot of field work. We have previously done sporadic projects in the US and have traveled under the Visa ...
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Why was check-in denied for a Belgium→UK→India flight even with a US visa and Belgian residence permit?

Today I had a terrible experience with British Airways. My family (my wife and 8-year old son) was not allowed to check in to a British Airways flight scheduled from Brussels (Belgium) to Heathrow (UK)...
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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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UK Visa Refusal: Provenance of funds/parking

I have applied recently for a general visitor visa to the UK to spend 10 days during Christmas with my British unmarried partner and it has been turned down. The Entry Clearance Officer stated on ...
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Will I be able to bring my baby to the US visa interview?

My infant daughter is accompanying me to the US on a J visa, from the UK. Will I be allowed to bring her with me to the Visa interview? Or will I need to arrange child-care?
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Is it normal that there are no questions asked during UK visit visa interview & biometric at VAC Malaysia?

I attended an interview to submit my documents & biometrics at the Visa Application Center (VAC) in Malaysia to visit the UK. I was prepared to all kind of questions with my wife who plans to ...
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Do I need a Turkey transit visa for a layover?

I have an Indian passport and am planning to visit Germany with a valid visa. To book a flight for Germany (Mumbai – Dusseldorf), I came across some connected flights that stop at Istanbul. Do I need ...
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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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My passport was stamped with an exit stamp while transiting to another Schengen country via Turkey. Was this a mistake?

We were travelling from Valencia to Athens via Istanbul, Turkey. We had a travel itinerary to visit Greece and had a valid Schengen Visa. However the visa officer at Valencia Airport stamped an exit ...
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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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Why doesn't the UK ask for travel bookings for a tourist visitor visa?

I am planning to visit London for 6 days from the US. I have given my biometrics and when I was preparing to mail my documents to the UK visa processing center in the US, I used this link from the UK ...
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I was fingerprinted in Düsseldorf on exit. Am I under scrutiny?

I have a 1-year multiple entry Schengen visa 90/180 issued by Italy. Out of five trips, I used it twice to enter Italy. The other three times, I entered Germany but stayed once in Luxembourg and ...
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Forced layover in country for which you have no visa

Last night, I was in the unfortunate situation of a forced extended layover, due to a delayed flight. The airline automatically rebooked my connecting flights and booked hotel reservations, and ...
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Schengen Visa Refusal: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided

Schengen refusal formulae can be difficult to understand sometimes. When an applicant receives a refusal with "Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided", ...
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Entry requirements for arrival from space

Watching the recent return of Scott Kelly, Mikhail Korniyenko and Sergey Volkov from the International Space Station in a Soyuz capsule got me to wondering about visas and passports. Do the ...
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Can a UK national work as a paid shop assistant in the USA?

I am British and live in the UK. I am visiting friends in the USA for 3 months this year and I would like to help out in their friend's shop in Georgia and also get paid while doing so. What visa do ...
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Single-entry visa issued to the US - question about flight layover

I was granted a single-entry visa to the US, to attend a conference in Chicago. My company is sponsoring the trip, and they bought my plane tickets. We're going from my country to an airport in ...
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5yr US visa ban over but consular still denied me visa

I went to a visa interview 6 years ago and was asked if I was pregnant. Due to pressure from such questions, I said no. Then later said I was not sure. The consular recorded the No answer and gave me ...
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Could I be denied entry into Ireland due to medical and police situations during a previous UK visit?

I am an American seeking to enter Ireland for a four-day trip next month. I have documentation for my lodging, funds, and return ticket, so ordinarily I would be fine to enter. However, I have an ...
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Which countries, if any, offer on-arrival work visas?

After seeing this question I began wondering - are there countries that say, Aussies or Kiwis (or anyone else) can get a work visa on arrival, or while in the country? The best I've found is this: ...
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Why does my French Schengen visa say Marsault, or Goat in English?

Bonjour, travelers. I received a Schengen visa from the French embassy in my country. It was a tourist visa and was my first time to receive a Schengen visa. It looks like this: I had to go to the ...
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How to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days?

Thailand imposes a 30-day limit on stays for U.S. citizens travelling on a tourist visa. What is the preferred way to stay up to three months? So far, I've come up with these options: Fly to ...
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US gave me Visa Waiver stamp rather than stamp on Visa

When arriving in the US, the passport control gave me an "Admitted" stamp with class "WT until 04 may 2017". However I have a (J-1) visa until June. Can this become a problem, or is the stamp ...
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Is Canadian Visa Expert a legitimate company or a scam?

I came across these guys: Canadian Visa Expert, who claim to be able to process visas to Canada, for work or study, for a fee of $467 (four hundred and sixty-seven dollars), and to carry out some ...
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Is it legal to peel off a visa from your Australian passport?

A friend commented on my Facebook that the Cambodian visa isn't stuck permanently into the passport and suggests I could go there then peel off the visa so the blank page can be used for another visa. ...
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Will traveling from Athens to Germany with a connection flight in Istanbul cancel my one entry visa to the Schengen area?

I have a single-entry Schengen tourism visa from the Greek embassy, Greece and will be traveling to Athens. However, I have a flight afterwards from Athens to Germany (Cologne) with Pegasus airlines ...
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Is it possible to travel to Israel if it's not recognised by your passport's country?

I'm wondering if it's possible for passport holders of countries that do not recognise other countries to travel to that particular country. Israel is not recognised by the Malaysian passport, so ...
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French citizen, did I need a visa in 2004 and 2006 when I visited the US as a child?

Background: I'm French and I was 13/15 years old in 2004/2006. I need a B1/B2 visa this trip because I'll be entering the US in a private plane in August, which does not qualify for ESTA. I'm ...
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Would China to Taiwan and back again count as another entry into China?

I have a double entry visa for China. I've used up the first one and will reenter China for the second one in the next few days. Now I'd really like to go to Taiwan by ferry but was worried that it ...
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Visiting girlfriend in the USA

I'm going to visit my girlfriend in the US (I am from the UK, 31 years old) for 10 days soon, for the first time. We've known each other 8 years online and have been together long distance for nearly ...
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In which countries are the visitor's first name and last name compulsory?

My name consists of just a first name and no surname. Will there be a problem regarding my name in the country I visit with a tourist or employment visa? Are there countries in the world where this ...
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US entry with tourist visa but past alcohol arrest

I’m a UK Citizen, and have a B1/2 Tourist Visa. I applied for the visa as per the embassy guidelines as I was once arrested for Drunk and Disorderly. No conviction was ever made. I attended the ...
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How to create a travel history

I am an Indian student in Germany. Recently, I had applied for a tourist visa for the US and had it refused under 214b. I do not have any travel history either apart from some of the Schengen ...
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Can you search for a job when using a tourist visa (B-2) in the US

If I am visiting the US with a tourist visa, can I look for a job in the US?
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Cancelled UK visa on entry

My friend applied for a UK visa last month (that is, June 2015) for 3 weeks in the UK, but got 6 months. Since she got more days, she decided to extend her stay, because she has a six-month visa with ...
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Can I travel to Canada with valid visa on old/expired passport?

I recently renewed my passport. I also have an expired passport which has my Canada visa (visitor's) valid for another three years. I have already used my Canadian visa which is multiple entry. I am ...
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US Girlfriend Denied Entry to UK

On November 11, my American girlfriend flew over to the UK to visit me. She was detained and questioned, and refused entry under the belief she would not leave within those six months. This was due to ...
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Northern Cyprus - way to visit and what problems can I have with Republic of Cyprus after that?

I know that Northern Cyprus is recognized only by Turkey, and not other countries. So how can I visit this republic - only from Turkey, or there are some other ways? Will I have problems with getting ...
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What does “copy of itinerary” mean when applying for a Schengen visa?

The Italian consulate website says under requirements for a Schengen visa: Applicants for short term visas (up to 90 days) must also present an itinerary of their trip. What does this mean? ...
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Tips for getting a visa when there's no embassy in one's country of residence

I'm looking for general tips about how to get a visa cheaply when there are no embassies in one's country of residence. This has prevented us from getting visas more than one time. Think e.g. non-EU ...
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Kenyan citizen refused Schengen visa from Sweden

I am a Kenyan citizen. I applied for a Schengen visa, via the Swedish embassy, for visiting friends and family. I got my results today and I was denied the visa. I am a student, I will be done with ...
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If a country does not require a visa on arrival, how do they keep track of the traveller?

Since some countries allow people of some nationalities to travel as tourists in their country for a limited period of time and when these people arrive at the airport, they don't have to go through ...
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Arriving in Zurich the night before Schengen visa validity begins

(First off I do realize that someone has already asked this question but there didn't seem to be a conclusive answer.) My flight reaches Zurich on July 4th at 7:25 pm, and the Schengen visa's ...
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Japan formalities. What does “You may not engage in paid activities.” mean?

I was browsing the "Entering Japan" webpage, and there is a very interesting sentence under the "Longer Stays for the Wealthy" heading (emphasized below): If you are a citizen of one of the over 50 ...
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Can I use B1/B2 visa to travel to the US without a business purpose?

I got a B1/B2 visa earlier this year when I traveled to the US for a business trip from my company. It expires in 2013 and I'd love to visit the United States again, but for no other purpose than ...
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Is there any common country to visit for persons holding UK and Schengen visas?

I have a UK visa and my friend has a Schengen visa. Is there any common country where we can meet with our visas?
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Emergency UK visa for an Australian to visit a critically ill parent

My wife has just been informed that her mother is in critical condition while on a tour of England. She has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and looks like she will not make it. I am wondering if my ...