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Can I return to the United States as a tourist after being there illegally for most of my life, as a minor?

Unlawful presence does not accrue for children under 18: An alien whose unlawful status begins before his or her 18th birthday does not begin to accrue unlawful presence for purposes of section 212(...
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Can I travel from Germany to England alone as an unaccompanied minor?

My answer will be about how to get help in a "complicated situation". Other people have already explained that you need permission from your parents to travel; and the police will return you ...
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What are some tips for a child flying alone for the first time?

Make sure you meet the requirements First - really actually first, before any plans for the day-of are even made, double-check your requirements. Many airlines will assume a passenger has a common ...
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Hitchhiking in Europe under the age of 18

I did a bit of unaccompanied traveling in the EU when I was your age. (But I've never hitchhiked.) Legal aspects As EU/Schengen citizens both of you are entitled to travel quite freely in all these ...
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Can I travel from Germany to England alone as an unaccompanied minor?

The German Bundespolizei suggests that to leave Germany as a minor you should have a letter by both/all of your legal guardians, stating your identity, their identity and contact details, your travel ...
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How to obtain a minor's passport with an absent parent

According to travel.state.gov, if one of the parents can not be contacted, you would need to fill out a Form DS-5525 “Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances." This form requires you to ...
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Can a teenager be company for a 9 y/o so that neither are 'unaccompanied minors'?

According to Alaska's policy: Unaccompanied minor service is required for all children, ages 5 through 12 years old, traveling without a parent, legal guardian, or other adult at least 18 years ...
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What are some tips for a child flying alone for the first time?

My four children have travelled alone, extensively (from UM travel to Europe at age 6, through "solo" flying from age 13). Based on my experience, for a child traveling alone, there are several ...
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17 year old trying to get back to US, with dual citizenship in Australia

There are currently restrictions in place for Australians (including dual citizens) leaving the country. https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/leaving-australia#toc-1 If you are an Australian citizen or ...
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What are some tips for a child flying alone for the first time?

For a domestic flight you typically get to the airport 1-2h before your flight. Some airlines have designated terminals, it's practical to be dropped off there. Step 1: Check-in First thing to do is ...
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Sleeping options when under 18 and travelling solo

If you're underage, confirm in advance with the locations you'll be traveling. Couch surfing is out of the picture if you're using couchsurfing.com, since being under 18 violates the terms of service. ...
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How to obtain a minor's passport with an absent parent

Like the earlier answer, I assume you and your son are US citizens. While the earlier answer is correct that filling out the DS-5525 doesn't guarantee a passport will be issued for your son, going a ...
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Can a 15-year-old travel alone to Russia from the USA?

You should be able, but you'll need: written, notarized permission from both of your parents or guardians a valid passport an appropriate visa to visit Russia (assuming you're not a Russian citizen) ...
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Can I travel from Germany to England alone as an unaccompanied minor?

If you have a US passport, you don't need a Visa to travel to the UK . Most airlines allow you to travel alone when you are 12 or older. Different airlines have different rules, you should check with ...
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17 year old trying to get back to US, with dual citizenship in Australia

My kids have frequently traveled to the US on their own when they where minors without any type of special paperwork. No one ever asked for a travel permit or Guardian consent form. However there are ...
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Does JFK offer gate passes to pick-up/drop-off unaccompanied minor?

In general, gate passes are issued by the airlines, not by the airports. JetBlue's website implies that they do generally issue gate passes to allow guardians to meet unaccompanied minors: Drop-off ...
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Can my friend and I spend the summer in Canada (6 weeks) at 16 years old without an adult?

Yes, this is possible. In addition to a valid passport and an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), or visa (if you are not UK citizens/visa-free nationals http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas....
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Can I take my granddaughter to her train platform when she travels to York?

Depending on the railway company and the station, you can buy a platform ticket. National Rail Enquiries says If customers are not travelling by train but wish to access the station platform - for ...
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Can I travel from Germany to England alone as an unaccompanied minor?

Frame challenge (, I think they say here ....) @Autumn - how do you plan on supporting yourself when arriving in the UK? As a minor, you will not be able to work, rent property, or open a bank ...
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I wish to travel from UK to France with a minor who is not one of my family. What documentation do I need?

You need letters of permission from anyone with parental responsibility Abduction of children is a thing; international abduction is more serious because legal systems differ between countries, and ...
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What are some tips for a child flying alone for the first time?

Consider using Westjet's unaccompanied minor service. They will take care of you and guide you to your plane, making sure you don't get lost or be late to your flight. While this is not free, it's ...
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What is the minimum age for travelling alone?

Most airlines set a minimum age where children can travel alone. The exact policies will vary between airlines, but they generally work like this: Minimum age to fly alone at all. This is often ...
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Visa advice for minor person wishing to enter the UK unaccompanied

I'm assuming that this is a Standard Visitor Visa. No, you cannot make the trip alone with your current visa. A letter from your mother doesn't help, because your visa conditions are set by the ...
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Suggestions for 15 year old ( child / teen ) travelling alone

As you are not of an age of majority (ie, an adult); you can avail the special services Emirates provides for young travelers: Can my child travel alone on an Emirates flight? Yes. Emirates ...
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Can a 15-year-old travel alone to Russia from the USA?

Note that in addition to border control, you'll have to fulfill requirements of the airline for unaccompanied minors. Obviously, those will depend on the airline. Typical requirements include: taking ...
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Two teens, aged 13, traveling alone internationally

This assumes that this is booked as a single itinerary. I think a self-connection would be a non-starter here. Unfortunately rules around this vary a lot by airline and by country are often vague. ...
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Hitchhiking in Europe under the age of 18

You need a written statement from your guardian telling that you are allowed to travel without supervision in Croatia. I was a leader for the Swedish Explorer Belt in Croatia this year (2016). We ...
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Sleeping options when under 18 and travelling solo

It might only solve a part of your problem, but there are plenty of camping sites in Sweden and Norway, where you have at least access to usually very decent sanitary installations (toilets and ...
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