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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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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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Witness in USA legal trial; what visa category

For a US legal trial if a foreign witness needs to be presented what visa category is appropriate for this? Anyone know? The witness is NOT a US citizen. The witness is not herself a victim of ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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What rights do airlines have to deny boarding due to immigration issues? [duplicate]

So I just stumbled across this account of a traveller which I can imagine to be pretty distressing because I myself have had a rather close call not too long ago. I was travelling from Singapore ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Have you been granted any UK visas in the last 10 years?”

I was issued Uk student visa in 2009 and i remained in uk till 2012 on student visa. Now i am applying for uk visit visa. what should i answer to the question "4 Have you been granted any UK visas in ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Thailand visa exemption: any rule limiting number of entries per year?

On arrival in Bangkok airport, a Thai immigration officer instructed me that I have many previous visa exempt entries in Thailand, and will need a visa for the next time. However, I could not find any ...
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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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How can the US immigration officials know one has visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan?

Now that H.R. 2029 is in effect, people who have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan since 2011 are banned from entering the US under the Visa Waiver Program. However it's unclear to me how could the ...