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Is flying from an airport from a different country than where you live considered as suspicious?

since I live in a city where there is a large airport, why did I preferred to fly out of a different country? If anyone asks you that, just answer the question honestly. "I was getting a really good ...
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I'm an Indian married to a US citizen and live in the US. But my parents are not aware of this. How will this affect their visa application?

The DS-160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application does not ask for your marital status. It will ask the applicant if they have any immediate relatives in the US, for which they will answer Yes. It ...
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Warned by CBP about traveling to the US using the wrong visa, but need to go again soon

Take that warning seriously, it is in their records (and in your interest). But the immigration officer felt that I should be travelling on an L1 instead of a B1 since I am staying for longer ...
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Should I tell the truth in the visa interview?

Should I tell the truth in the visa interview? The answer is: Yes. In the "Intended Date of Arrival" field, select a date in 2023. That's perfectly fine. In fact, in the comments for this ...
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I got refused twice for B1 Visa, is it okay to apply once again?

You shouldn't reapply before you have had a significant change in your personal circumstances. Unless you secure services of a great immigration lawyer, it seems highly unlikely that you will be able ...
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Applied for a C1 visa but got a B1/B2 visa

Yes, you got a regular visitor's visa. You can also use that visa for transit, so the visa officer basically did you a favor, allowing you to visit the US in the future without having to pay an ...
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What kind of U.S. visa do I need to visit my current employer's office in the U.S.?

You will not be working. You will be there on business. This is exactly what a B1 (usually issued as a combined B1/B2) is for. You will be visiting a business and having meetings there. (This answer ...
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What steps should I take to lawfully visit the United States as a tourist immediately after visiting on a B-1 visa?

As a Canadian, you do not need a visa to be admitted in B-1 (business visitor) or B-2 (pleasure visitor) status. (You are also not eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program; Canadians are ...
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Is it legal to photoshop the background of a visa photo?

Speaking specifically about visas for the USA, as far as I can tell, it is not acceptable (it's not illegal, it just means they won't accept the photo). The US Department of State's page on photos in ...
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Warned by CBP about traveling to the US using the wrong visa, but need to go again soon

You need to call the CBP immediately at +1 202 325 8000, ask for a supervisor (tell them it's a complicated and serious matter and that you must be 100% sure to receive the right answer). Tell them ...
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Extension of stay at USA due to COVID-19 lockdown

I would recommend you file for an extension as soon as you are sure you are not likely to be able to leave on time. All things considered, this will probably be early May. Here is the current ...
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I made a mistake on my ESTA, am I screwed?

You are definitely not "screwed"! There's 2 issues that you're going to have to address as a part of the visa interview. The fact you've visited Iraq and Iran since 2011. This fact IS an ...
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Extend tourist visa stay in USA due to coronavirus and waive I-539 fee

Is filing I-539 the easiest way to extend her stay at this time? Yes. It's also the hardest way. It's the only way. More seriously, there could be some sort of amnesty or other program offered to ...
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US entry with tourist visa but past alcohol arrest

But from what I’ve read, a Visa doesn’t guarantee entry... what are the chances of me now being denied entry by an agent at the border? Exceedingly small. That disclaimer is there because the ...
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Is flying from an airport from a different country than where you live considered as suspicious?

In my experience, the United States CBP agents don't typically consider where you're flying in from for immigration purposes; it's much more important for goods importation, custom duties, etc (the "...
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USA Tourist Visa Extension due to Covid-19 also Airlift for Indian nationals in the US details

She can file Form I-539 for Extension of Status at any point up until her status expires. The application just has to be officially received by USCIS before her status expires. If she filed her ...
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French citizen, did I need a visa in 2004 and 2006 when I visited the US as a child?

ESTA did not exist in those days, but the visa waiver program (VWP) did. Most likely, you and your parents traveled under the VWP. The practical consequence of this is that you will have filled out ...
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Visiting my employer in the US (I work remotely from my home country)

State (supposing it is true) that the purpose of your visit is to have meetings to plan and coordinate ongoing work you're performing for the employer in your home country. This is a permissible ...
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Can an Indian (tourist) stop in the Schengen area and then continue to USA without going back to India?

You do NOT have to return back to your home country. It's perfectly fine to travel to the US from anywhere as long as you have the right visa. Many people leave their home countries once, travel to ...
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Why was my colleague refused a US B1 visa?

Section 214(b) is part of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states : Every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at ...
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If I have a visa, do I still need an ESTA?

No. Here's what the US government has to say on the question (see this answer's edit history for the version that was available when the question was asked): What if a traveler has a current, valid ...
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I got refused twice for B1 Visa, is it okay to apply once again?

To get a temporary visa to the US the Visa Officer needs to believe that you have sufficient ties to your home country to leave the country after the purpose of your stay is over. If you have very ...
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Why was my colleague refused a US B1 visa?

To put it bluntly, whoever told your colleague not to go visa-free was a bloody idiot, and sadly your colleague got to pay for it. Us Swedes can enter visa-free for the very same purposes that are ...
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Getting a B2 visa after an overstay almost 25 years ago

When applying for the US visa, there is a question asking whether you have been to the USA, and how long. Thus you have no means "not to mention" it, the only option available is to lie about it. And ...
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When applying for a USA B1/B2 visa do I need to declare previous L1 or H1 rejections in older/ expired passports?

Refusals don't expire, least of all in any way that has anything to do with passports. Refusals are on you the person. If you were a dual citizen and carried two nations' passports, you'd have to ...
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How soon can you reenter the US on a B-1/B-2 visa

There's nothing inherently suspicious in that pattern. The visits have been short and not particularly frequent. In total you spent about 20 days in the US during the entire year; you're nowhere ...
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What does a Newborn baby need for a USA visa application?

Do I need to fill a separate DS-160 application for her? Yes. If yes, how do I do that without a passport or travel document? You cannot. To travel to the United States with your daughter, you ...
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Entering US with ESTA only, when B1/B2 visa would be required

Obligatory correction - ESTA is just permission to get on a plane. It is the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that allows you to enter the US without a visa. People often say they are "going to the US ...
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Applied for a C1 visa but got a B1/B2 visa

A B1/B2 visa is indeed a regular tourist/business visitor visa. It is also good for transiting the US.
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US Visa DS-160 mistake

You haven't necessarily made a mistake as the B2 visa is meant for tourism. The State department lists these as valid uses of the B2 visa: Tourism Vacation (holiday) Visit with friends or relatives ...
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