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Situation where visa was not required for a connecting airport but delay or issues with the airlines visa to be now required

In your case it's rather easy, as you hold a valid US visa. This allows you to apply for a visa on arrival valid for 14 days, assuming you're an Indian citizen. According to the UAE Embassy in ...
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How can I (Indian, 28) visit my fiance (pursuing a master's degree in the US) for a few months?

I don't think there's any visa that will let you work in the US for a period of several months without working for a US employer that is willing to apply for a visa on your behalf. The F2 and B visas ...
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Paid for article while in US on F-1 visa?

https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/students-and-exchange-visitors/students-and-employment F-1 students may not work off-campus during the first academic year, but may accept on-campus ...
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US Port of Entry would be LAX and destination is Boston. Any issues to be expected to with Port of Entry Process?

No, US immigration officials know that you must complete immigration at the first US airport you arrive in (i.e. there is no "sterile transit" in the US). That means that they are set up to ...
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What are some technical words that I should avoid using while giving F1 visa interview?

The Technology Alert List is real, but it is not a list of words to avoid in interviews. It is a list of "critical fields" of activity. Students engaging in those critical fields are ...
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How can I (Indian, 28) visit my fiance (pursuing a master's degree in the US) for a few months?

Unfortunately, the more 'portable' you are, the more likely you are to be refused a visa. The authorities will demand sufficient evidence that: You can support yourself for the duration of your visit....
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Is Global Entry worth it?

My wife and I have had Global Entry for over 5 years. My experiences are as follows: TSA Precheck: As more and more people have signed up, the time saving vs. the normal line has become less. However,...
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Ways to return to US without a physical F1 Visa

The simple fact is: you're not getting in without a visa, least of all by air. You need to visit a US embassy or consulate in Mexico and obtain a new visa in your current passport, bringing your I-20 ...
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How can I return to the USA legally after the voluntary departure?

Your lawyer has already given you advice. "a five-year entry bar is still in place, and any nonimmigrant visa to the USA will be forever impossible for me." No matter what somebody writes ...
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Is Global Entry worth it?

Is Global Entry worth it? YES, YES, YES, YES. I've had GE for 10+ years and it's been a life saver on many occasions. Immigration lines at US airports are highly unpredictable and can be horrendous. ...
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Can a non-US citizen board an outbound plane (leave the US) without a passport back to home country?

TSA will not allow you to pass through security to the airport's departure gates unless you hold (either printed or on your phone) a valid boarding pass and a valid form of identification. ID here is ...
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Converting visa status from B1/B2 to F1

Trying to do a Change of Status in the US from B2 to F1 is a bad idea. The reason is that you are not allowed to start studying until the Change of Status is approved, and processing times for Change ...
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Can I re-enter the United States after overstaying?

You have no ban, because you entered with "D/S" on your I-94, so you did not accrue any "unlawful presence" since you didn't stay past the date on your I-94 (since there was no date on your I-94). ...
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"CWOP" on visa, and extension refused under 221G. Can I travel with this visa to the US?

My current visa is valid until December Nope, your visa became invalid the moment they put CWOP stamp on it. It means Cancelled without prejudice. Cancelled Without Prejudice: A stamp a U.S. ...
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Work/Education/Training Information

In these online days "attended" an educational institution means "taken classes" not "been physically present at". Yes you have attended an educational institution. Put ...
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Automatic US visa revalidation - boarding pass in Canada

Recent experience (from late May, 2018) with crossing the border on AVR (by land): I planned my trip such that I would be driving through the border of Canada, south of Calgary, into Montana. I ...
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Can I travel to the US on a F1 visa to attend a funeral?

Yes, you need the ESTA. Traveling for a funeral is not a valid purpose for an F1 student visa.
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F1 visa even for a three-week course?

The fact that determines whether you need the student visa or can travel on a tourist visa is whether the course offers academic credit. If the course offers credit toward an academic degree, then you ...
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Paid for article while in US on F-1 visa?

You can’t work as an F1 student except at your own university. The one exception is if you are on OPT. The journal will likely want you to fill out a W9 so that they can pay you, which is when they’...
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Is Global Entry worth it?

Absolutely. US immigration, especially at airports, is one area where we consistently fall short compared to many other countries. By comparison, entry control into the Schengen Area as a non-citizen ...
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Old passport has missing pages. What should I tell the Visa Officer during the visa interview?

Tell the visa officer the truth if they ask. If you have the torn pages, that's even better. Bring them with you to show the officer. Overall it should have zero effect on the results of your ...
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Canadian transit visa for an international student in the US

There are no special rules for foreign students in the U.S. to transit through Canada. The circumstances where a visa national can transit Canada without a visa are listed on the government website. A ...
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How can I (Indian, 28) visit my fiance (pursuing a master's degree in the US) for a few months?

The simple answer is just get an ordinary B1 visa. And of course, you can stay for a week or two longer, to visit friends, see the Grand Canyon, or whatever. The basic problem you're facing is that ...
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No Surname in my passport, But my visa got approved on F1

FNU (abbreviation of "first name unknown") is printed on a US visa if the passport does not identify a separate first/given name and last/family name. Having FNU on your visa is generally ...
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How to cancel a US visa application after consular interview and document submission?

It turns out US embassies in a foreign country will respond if you write an email to [email protected]. After filing a case there, I was able to obtain a separate email handle with which to ...
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Automatic US visa revalidation - boarding pass in Canada

Check-in staff uses a database called Timatic. Unless you're a citizen of Cuba, Iran, Sudan or Syria: Visa required, except for Those admitted to the USA on a visa, returning to the USA after a ...
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F1 to B1/B2 in the USA, without having studied in the USA

You certainly can apply for a B1/B2 visa, which shouldn't be affected by your decision to withdraw from the university. When you did that, it was reported to SEVIS, and you left the US, as you were ...
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Should I include scholarship in "employment" section of DS160?

Assuming you mean a scholarship in the sense of money paid you to allow you to study, and not in return for work, then no that does not count as employment. If you are asked about other income then ...
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