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The problem here is not the corporate credit card, but that you're trying to do this without a physical card. A credit card number is good enough to make a reservation, which is why the phone call works for that, but reception needs to charge a deposit on arrival and their protocol dictates that you need to hand over a physical card for this. The hotel ...


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I'm a Moscovite, so this answer is bound to be biased. Safety is a very relative notion, I perceive Moscow safer than quite a few cities I've been to in Western Europe and the US (or at least some of their neighborhoods). Anecdotally, I've once been detained by the US police for several hours out of the blue, so... yes, unexpected things happen everywhere. ...


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Greg Hewgill's answer is correct, but one caveat: do not talk to the immigration officer about doing any work in the US. A series of business meetings is fine, but the VWP does not allow you to work in the US for money. It is fine to bring your laptop to take notes on at the meeting or to show the immigration officer the work that you are doing (in Europe),...


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As a UK citizen, you are eligible for Visa Waiver Program entry: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries* to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. The permitted activities include: Business: consult with business associates ...


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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 exempted from the visa requirement by a different section of the law. If you try to apply for ESTA, you will see that "Canada" is not available in the list of ...


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I would like to add my two cents worth to the already existing answers. I am a German who is studying in Russia at the moment and who has traveled to most large cities in Western Russia, including Moscow. My impression is that Russia is generally a safe country for people who look Western/Eastern European. Authorities As already mentioned, there is a lot ...


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TL;DR Getting to the UK is not in the cards for you for a good, long time. That interval (i.e., a good, long time) is measured in decades. Answer You presented a false document and were refused under Part 9 of the Immigration Rules, specifically Paragraph 320 (7A)... (7A) where false representations have been made or false documents or information ...


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If you're a national of India, then you need a visa (or a residence permit) to enter the Schengen area. No exceptions. The page you link to is quite confusing -- it shows both "with visa" and "without visa" options no matter which nationality you select in the dropdown. That seems to be a technical problem with the page, but it doesn't change the fact that ...


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You should be fine. If you're asked, you should mention that you're working as an interpreter and that's the reason for your stay. There shouldn't be any issues since interpreters are free to work without visa. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland states that you don't need a visa. And, according to Finnish Immigration Service, Finland allows ...


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All your friend make it seems way worse than it really is. I went to Moscow as an European foreigner for 10 days and did not have any safety issue. Moscow is safe, police is everywhere and i don't understand how you could have any problems just by walking in the street. Be careful thought, most of the people in Russia don't speak english, even in the ...


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Curious: Are you of African decent or lineage? Having experienced Moscow as a black male, I received stares and generally uncomfortable attention while I was there. Arrived in the city at 4 am, the strangest thing was there were packs of stray dogs roaming the streets. Later that night at Red Square, some teens and passersby wanted to give me special ...


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Your AirBnB stay will need to be booked up front by a credit card. So unless your place of work has an account with AirBnB you will have to use a personal credit card to make the booking. AirBnB will not generate an invoice1 but it will generate a receipt showing the name of person the booking was made under, the address of the accommodation, the dates of ...


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The business centre is an area with some desks, computers and a printer. Often there is a copier and fax device as well. You can access the internet, print documents, scan receipts and so on. The facilities vary a little bit from hotel to hotel. Often it is next to the hotel lobby, and not very private. Usually the business centre is not very busy, because ...


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Léon is a small, and somewhat ugly city, and therefore not much of a tourist attraction, so most of the tourist-fraud schemes won't be common there. I have spent many months there, and will be visiting again the end of next week. I don't know your nationality, or how you'll be arriving (by air, bus, driving), so I can only offer a few general suggestions. ...


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We had a similar situation in our business, where we wanted to book and pay for accommodation for visitors but (obviously) without providing those visitors with our payment card details. Originally, we did what your employer appears to be doing: sent a third party card authorisation ahead to the hotel for each booking, and hoped that it would be tied to the ...


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This looks like a business trip. You should contact the organization committee and ask them to provide to you the letter of introduction. One "important" note, if you look at this page : https://www.mfa.gov.sg/content/mfa/overseasmission/beijing/visa_information/bizSocialLevel1.html It is written : Applicant who is invited by Singapore government ...


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Under $500 shouldn’t be a problem entering the USA. There’s really no concern that you’ll try to sell them, but if there was you might: you may want to register your tools before your departure to the USA with your own home country’s customs and get a receipt. This allows you to bring them back home without them counting against your personal exemption - ...


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The 90 day period is a computed on a rolling basis and hence, as other posters have mentioned, you cannot circumvent this by applying for a new visa. Schengen C visas are specifically for short stays and you are NOT allowed to work but only conduct business meetings, discussions, trainings etc. Since you are staying for long continuous periods, there may ...


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"Keep the phone numbers of the embassy and your hosts at hand for the unlikely cases of emergency." Yes definitely do this on paper and in your phone. I have been to Russia 7 times over the last decade, and the only things I have noticed is that there are pick pockets on the metro and once had an official asking for a bribe, if this happens threaten to ...


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This is just an answer from my own experience rather than an authoritative written source. Back when I was a PhD student, I did this several times a year. I was a British citizen attached to a U.K. institution informally invited to assist in work at a couple of US laboratories. By "informally invited", I mean, the US lab would ask my advisor to assist them,...


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A visa application and its supporting documents are like a Jigsaw puzzle, most of the things need to align correctly and sit in properly before they even start to look at whether to refuse or to accept this application. There is no rocket science involved, its plain simple everyday logic that can do you in. For example, you mention you have big savings and ...


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In the past, I've had my company pay for hotel stays using the company travel agent credit card. The process has been for my company travel agent to fill in a credit card authorisation form and fax it to the hotel. Ideally this should be followed up by a phone call to confirm receipt and that the third party payment has been accepted. An example credit card ...


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In my opinion, Moscow is one of the safest cities in Russia. I'm German and only know a few words of Russian. I've been there 3 times now, first with Russian friends and later by myself. I usually took Yandex taxi whenever possible (there's an App for that), because the rate is fixed before you even enter the car. Alternatively you can settle a price for ...


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The B1 visa has such provisions already built-in: As a B-1 visa holder, you can temporarily bring goods or products into the United States to solicit orders but you cannot sell them or make money in the United States. If you visit the U.S for a business venture, conference, meeting, trade show, exhibition, sales, etc. you will receive no salary, ...


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You will receive a billing receipt, after you pay, by email. You can print it yourself or view it online at any time. The receipt includes the traveller's name, the dates of the stay, a reference number, a description and address of the place you stayed, the host's name and contact information, a breakdown of the charges, the total cost and the payment ...


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I think the fear is still greater than the reality. I have spent a few days in a cell (wrongfully detained) in Russia, but I'd still not be concerned about safety. Admittedly I'm not American, but just having the basics of being slightly street-smart, you'd be fine. Mostly though, if you're wandering around the sights of Moscow, you'll have a ball. Do it ...


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I always like finding public libraries when I travel, for different purposes. One of them is indeed to enjoy this free, accessible and quiet environment. They also have toilet, often a water source to refill your bottle, and they're warm (useful when you have a long bus connection in winter). Most libraries often offer free wifi to non-members, paid access ...


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Obtaining a new Schengen type C visa does not change anything to the 90-day-in-any-180-days limit as it also applies across several visas. A new visa does not open any fresh rights to stay in the Schengen area above the 90-day threshold. If your intended stay is longer than allowed under this rule, any visa application should be refused for this reason ...


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A Schengen visa is valid for the whole area. In principle, if you are banned from one Schengen country, you should be banned from the whole area but a visa refusal is not a ban. Conversely, Switzerland can't grant a visa valid only for Switzerland (outside of some very specific cases) but it should decide whether you can be trusted to enter the whole area. ...


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My question is, is there any law outlining these kind of situations? Yes. It's a rather large field of law called contract law. Specifically, you may want to look at “unilateral mistakes”. If the travel agent cancels your ticket, your options are limited. In truth, your best bet is to move on, add the agent to your blacklist, and wait for the next sale. ...


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