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Required documents on arrival with person waiting outside, at arrival area. How can the documents be provided to the person arriving, at customs?

Normally she would enter on a 90 days tourist visa, as we don't yet have a long term family reunification visa. Your wife will never get a long-term family reunification visa because such visas are ...
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Flying family of 5: is any one seating arrangement better than the alternatives?

It does indeed appear that your question is asking for opinions, but as an experienced cabin crewmember I can say that in this case there definitely is a best setup: The best option would be 3 + 2, ...
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Travelling as unmarried couple in Dubai

Let me first state that I've lived in Dubai for a solid 19 years (years 0 to 19). In these 19 years, I have done almost everything there is to do in Dubai and been almost every place there is to go (...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

Bring a towel or blanket, some baby wipes, and optionally a small trowel or a stick you picked up along the way. A few small plastic bags are also helpful. If someone (especially a small child) can't ...
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Do hotels in Europe permit two adults and two kids to all stay in just one room?

Some do some don't. Most larger hotel chains (Marriott, IHG, Hilton, etc.) will offer this. Typically you either get a room with two double/queen beds or a single large bed with added "rollaway" bed(s)...
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Travelling as unmarried couple in Dubai

Various online sources (Lonely Planet, Tripadvisor, USA Today, Dubai FAQ) seem to agree that as long as you don't start making out in public and telling people that you're not married, or attract the ...
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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia

I stayed a long time in rural Aceh, so here are my tips: First of all, do not think of Indonesians as very religious. They are usually traditionalist (some may say conformist). This is different. ...
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Am I being scammed? (UK visit visa refusal)

The likelihood here is that you are getting scammed. Your narrative fits a well-known profile. In comments you wrote... Actually My solicitor wants to take administrative review he said everything ...
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Proving sibling relationship

You would typically prove that with some sort of birth certificate or a similar document stating that you have the same parent(s), i.e. that your father and/or your mother have the same name, date and ...
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U.S. port of entry procedures for families

If you are travelling together, I suggest always staying together as a family. Hand the immigration officer all your passports, and he or she will probably ask "Are you a family?" before opening them. ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

A well prepared fighter pilot driver will be equipped with a Urine Collection Device (UCD) A typical UCD consists of a small container with a dehydrated sponge inside, connected to a tube which ...
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How should a family with young children apply for UK visas?

There is no minimum age threshold where a child can be exempt from the requirements. Malagasy people are visa nationals and so each child must have an entry clearance in their own passport. In the ...
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My mother-in-law (US citizen) was refused a UK visa to visit her grandson. What are my options?

Your mother-in-law (American) applied for entry clearance as a visitor and was refused. In her previous visit she applied to live here permanently {FLR(O)} and was refused and likely was issued ...
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Must a husband and wife make separate online applications for a UK Standard Visitor visa, and so attend separate appointments for biometrics?

Each person (including children) needs to file a separate application. Based upon your text, the recommended strategy is... Your wife applies first and records her GWF number. She schedules her ...
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Do hotels in Europe permit two adults and two kids to all stay in just one room?

Huh. I traveled with my wife and two kids throughout Europe and Asia. It never occurred to me that a hotel might object to the level of occupancy, and none ever did. Some hotels charge for extra ...
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UK Family visitor visa refused due to lack of ties. What can I do now?

Given what you have described, the refusal notice is not altogether unreasonable. Your wife is settled in the UK with ILR and you have a child born there who acquired British citizenship from her ...
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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia

I live in east Java and have been to Sumatra before, though I traveled alone so I have no direct experience traveling as an unmarried couple. However I have heard of foreigners being asked if they ...
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Assistance with luggage at Canberra airport for a woman travelling with children

International and Domestic flights do arrive into the same terminal in Canberra, on the grounds that there is only a single terminal. However, the international arrivals area is completely separated ...
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Choosing a car for travel with kids in Florida USA

A Chevy Suburban is an absurdly large truck. It won't handle like a car, it won't fit in some parking spaces, and there may even be a few people left in America who will look at you funny for driving ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

Honestly, adult incontinence products are inexpensive, highly effective, comfortable and hygienic. For example, a packet of 15 iD Slip Maxi all-in-one briefs (essentially adult diapers) costs £10 (66 ...
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Lisbon: which part of town to stay with small children

Lisbon is known as the "City of the Seven hills". That means its kind of up and down a lot of the time. The most flat areas are near the river. I'm born and raised in Lisbon and it was until I went ...
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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia

I have travelled a lot in various parts of the world, and from experience I can add to the other points - wear wedding rings. Most people will assume you are married anyway if you are sharing a room. ...
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What areas to avoid in Amsterdam for a family-friendly visit

The Google Map of the Red Light Disrict is a bit misleading. It highlights the De Wallen district but in reality the majority of the "windows" are in a smaller area inside this district hugging ...
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Sister visiting the UK visa refusal

Your sister will not be visiting the UK for your birthday this year, and quite likely next year also. The first paragraph of your refusal explains that while your sister nominally submitted the ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

An English male friend of mine always has several small milk bottles in the car, neck of which are big enough to allow them to be used as 'hospital bottles' and the tops are closing well enough to ...
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Clarification on travel with non-EU spouse to EU country of my nationality while living outside the EU

The directive does in fact state as much, in article 3(1): This Directive shall apply to all Union citizens who move to or reside in a Member State other than that of which they are a national, and ...
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What areas to avoid in Amsterdam for a family-friendly visit

Places selling cannabis (“coffeshops“) aren't restricted to a particular part of town and can't be avoided entirely (to be accurate, their locations are in fact regulated through a permit system and ...
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How do I book a family carriage on VR Finnish trains from Helsinki to Turku?

Each playroom coach have 4 regular seats that can be reserved, no surcharge applies. Just book your ticket normally at the VR Shop, making sure to select one of the trains equipped with a playroom of ...
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