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When an individual enters the United States, can they have an attorney present when going through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection?

CBP generally prohibits interviewees from having access to legal counsel during immigration inspection. The American Immigration Council's Behind Closed Doors: An Overview of DHS Restrictions on ...
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Can a French citizen fly from France to the USA with a green card, but no passport?

You cannot use just a green card to fly from France to the US because you cannot clear the passport control for departing passengers with the green card. For that, you'll need either a French ...
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If I book a flight with a passport and the airline employee at the check-in desk refuses it, can I check in with a second passport of mine?

Typically, yes. The airline doesn't really care what nationality you are or which passport you use, all they need to know is that you will be accepted at the destination country, and they'll accept ...
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When I enter the US, should I show my old or new passport to the US immigration? Or does the US immigration only look at my US green card?

Because you have been issued a new passport, your previous passport is no longer valid. When your consulate issues you a new passport, they should do something to the old passport to indicate this: ...
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How much cash do I need to enter Singapore?

I've never been asked how much money I had, as a fellow Frenchie, in the 23+ years I have been visiting Singapore (50+ visits). Knowing our dear Singaporeans, I bet this provision is a "just-in-...
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Can I have a vacation to Canada, while living in France for 3 months?

Speaking French is not a requirement for visiting Canada. In most of Canada they hardly speak it at all and even in the French speaking area(s) you can survive without French. In Quebec they speak a ...
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When is the address indicated on a passport being used?

In theory, if you lose your passport and someone finds it, they could mail it to your address. Alternatively, if you have some sort of incapacitating emergency, somebody could contact you at the ...
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Is the US->Mexico land border open for non-essential travels? (traveler has a French citizenship and a US lawful permanent residence)

(My answer is specific to the San Diego/Tijuana land ports of entry, but may apply to others) The US/Mexico border has not been closed due to Covid-19. The US and Mexico currently have an agreement ...
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Can a French citizen fly from France to the USA with a green card, but no passport?

You will need either a valid passport or valid carte d'identité (CNI) to exit France. To enter the US, the Green card is enough, as stated in Timatic, the database used by airlines: Passport ...
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Is there an ATM at the Si Phan Don/Stung Treng border?

This is the temporary shack on the Cambodian side. You can see the elaborate roof of the bigger newer building hiding behind the welcome sign. This was January 2015. The new building may be open by ...
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Is there an ATM at the Si Phan Don/Stung Treng border?

I'll post as an answer but this is more of an update to @hippietrail answer. I actually crossed the border today (Laos -> Cambodia). The tenporary shack is still there, still in use. No sign of an ...
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Re-entering France with an American passport

If your son is a French citizen, he can enter and remain in France, period. All he needs is proof of it. Since he is a French national by virtue of you being French, all it takes is: Your French ...
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What happens if a French citizen does an international transit in Narita International Airport (NRT) but their outbound flight is canceled?

If your connecting flight is cancelled before you depart for NRT, the airline will update your itinerary, and you have the right to insist on a new itinerary, potentially through a different ...
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ethnic-related questions by immigration officer

I'm afraid if you consider these questions too intrusive, you won't want to visit many countries, not just Morocco. Questions about ethnic origin are common. India, for example, wants to know about ...
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Does one need to have an interline ticket (connecting ticket) to be allowed a 144-hour visa-free transit in China? Or does any onward ticket suffice?

The wording is ambiguous. The policy in Chinese states that a 联程客票 (联=connected;程=journey;客=passenger;票=ticket) with confirmed date and seat is needed. In its basic sense, it means a connecting ticket....
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If I book a flight with a passport and the airline employee at the check-in desk refuses it, can I check in with a second passport of mine?

Your question seems to depend on the common assumption that airline bookings are bound to a specific passport. That assumption is entirely incorrect. One man even took a woman on a round-the-world ...
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Does a French with US green card need a Mexico’s Visitor Visa (FMM) when entering Mexico by land for a few days, and if so can it be done at border?

Yes, a French citizen with green-card requires an FMM tourist permit to visit Mexico. For visits of less than 7 days the permit is free, otherwise for up to 180 days costs $575 MXN (approx $25-30 USD)...
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Upon entering the United States, is it ok to ask the US immigration agent not to stamp one's passport, and if so, would they always/typically agree?

Get Global Entry—US permanent residents are eligible if you otherwise meet the program requirements. I cannot 100% guarantee that nobody will stamp your passport under any circumstances if you have ...
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Does one need to have an interline ticket (connecting ticket) to be allowed a 144-hour visa-free transit in China? Or does any onward ticket suffice?

I can answer from previous experience using the Transit Without Visa (TWOV) in Beijing and Guangzhou: I had each time two different tickets, on different reservations (going to PEK/CAN with CX, ...
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French passport renewal: What happens if one doesn't return the old passport after the last valid visa expired?

Nothing happens. I have a stack of them. I have never been asked to return any of them later on. As far as I know, when they hand it back, it's permanent. Every time a Consulate employee noticed an ...
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is the French certificate of renewal of CNI enough to prove my identity in Switzerland

The EU free movement directive calls for beneficiaries who lack the required documents to be given an opportunity to prove by other means that they are covered by the directive. In other words, if ...
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Upon entering the United States, is it ok to ask the US immigration agent not to stamp one's passport, and if so, would they always/typically agree?

is it ok to ask the US immigration agent not to stamp one's passport, That depends on your definition of "ok". It's certainly not illegal. would they always/typically agree not to stamp it?...
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Can I travel between France and UK on my US passport while I wait for my French passport to be ready?

I'm French/American France is fine with dual-nationality, you can go there with absolutely no issues I'm particularly concerned about what it means with regards to the pre-residency status, whether ...
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Can I travel between France and UK on my US passport while I wait for my French passport to be ready?

You are fine to reenter using your US passport, and this does not affect any of your rights under EUSS. If you are concerned that entering with a different passport than your EU one means you are not ...
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As a French citizen in Canada on a student visa, do I need an ESTA to transit the US?

You don't need the ESTA/VWP for the land crossing into the US (link). However, for your return trip you WILL need an ESTA since you will be arriving by air from France.
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If a dual French-American citizen wants to visit Australia, should he use the eVisitor or ETA visa?

The obvious choice is eVisitor. Conditions of an ETA are: You can enter Australia as many times as you want during a 12 month period from the date the ETA is granted or until the expiry ...
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May a French citizen obtain a visa for Vietnam while in the country during the visa "free" 15 days?

Seems "Yes": Renewal Vietnam visa: means that you are granted a new visa stamp and visa sticker on your passport with the new duration permission. The staying length is valid maximum in 3 months....
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If I get denied at the border (US) and I travel with my gf, are we both returned?

Just because you are denied entry does not mean your girlfriend is, unless they believe she has aided you in making a fraudulent application. This is true no matter what kind of ESTA application you ...
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Is leisure travel a valid reason to get a second French passport?

The answer is here: Peut-on avoir deux passeports ? Oui, il est possible d'avoir deux passeports. Vous devez vous rapprocher de la préfecture afin qu'elle vérifie les conditions de délivrance du ...
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