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This is not a photo of a real passport, it is a composite made for an ad campaign for Land Rover. Genuinely producing such an artwork seems quite implausible to me, since border officers will want to place entry stamps so that the date of entry is legible, since that's the whole point of the stamp. While it's common to ask them to stamp on a specific page ...


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Call the Border Force (phone numbers to each Heathrow terminal at the bottom here) and explain the situation in perfect detail, including that the school won't enrol her without the proper entry stamp. If they aren't helpful, ask for a chief officer. You should be told what to do. Please let us know what happens by writing an answer of your own


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THe USA doesn't care where you are after leaving the US; they only care about how long you're in the US for. So it's simply the date by which you must leave the US.


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This is a serious error that will have to be corrected by the consulate. You should contact the VFS office where you applied immediately and explain they've put someone else's visa in your passport.


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If you have a brand new passport, then keep all the pages together with an elastic band, and only release new pages when the old ones are full. This has kept things nice and orderly for me so far - the only place anyone took off the band was Taiwan where they at least stamped only the next page and not some random mid-passport place. If your passport is ...


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Your thinking seems to be that because you were flying from one country in the Schengen Area to another country in the Schengen area, then you were not really "exiting" Schengen, so should not have been given an exit stamp. This would be absolutely correct - IF you were catching a flight that went directly from Spain to Greece, or went via another country ...


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Rather than an 'Open' date stamp (an all-in-one) that grants six months, the Officer has done a "coded" landing". This means he/she was not 100% confident you were a genuine visitor, but landed you anyway. The ref number relates to the ref number on the Landing Card that you completed. This means the card will be retained. On future arrivals if there are any ...


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Yes, having an Israeli stamp in your passport can restrict your ability to enter some Islamic and Arab nations including: Syria Lebanon Libya Kuwait Iran Iraq Pakistan Saudi Arabia Sudan Yemen What to do about it? Here are some options... Don't worry about it -- If you aren't interested in travelling to any of these countries, it doesn't matter if you ...


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A US/Swedish dual national transited UK immigration controls on his US passport. After a brief landing interview, the IO issued Indefinite Leave to Remain along with a handwritten note that the holder was a dual national. This was a mistake on the IO's part. Sometimes this happens; I have seen it personally about twice, once in London and once in Moscow ...


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Your passport is an official government document, and when marked for any non-official purposes (like collecting a souvenir stamp), you are technically defacing or altering it. In theory you could have it voided (or worse), or in theory, an immigration official could refuse to admit you if they believed that it was a signal the document was in any way ...


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The immigration officers can stamp anywhere there's space. Generally they'll prefer to stamp somewhere near the visa that's being used. But if your passport is full enough that they have to flip a few pages to find space, they can do so. Whether the pages they have to flip past are filled with visa stickers or with stamps doesn't make a difference.


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Turkey is not in the Schengen area, so going from Spain to Turkey is exiting the Schengen area and therefore your passport gets stamped with an exit stamp. But the exit stamp is actually entirely irrelevant for your problem. The stamp that's a problem for you is your entry stamp from when you first entered Spain. This means that your single entry is now ...


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Your first step should be to look up your electronic record at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/. That will usually tell you how long you've been admitted for.


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Currently, Schengen States do not have a central database in which entries/exits are recorded. The evaluation is soley done by physically checking the stamps in your passport. Such a system is however in the process of being implementened: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32017R2226&from=DE I would not worry too much about ...


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You did not acquire either a three year or a ten year ban because you overstayed by less than 180 days, but you are barred from using the ESTA again because any overstay prevents you from using it again. You can apply for a visa. Be ready to show why you are unlikely to overstay again.


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The stamp in your passport means that you must leave the US on or before 12th February. You did that – you left later on 13th August – so you have nothing to worry about. On your return journey to Jamaica, you'll get another stamp that will also say "You must leave within six months." The reason for the date on the stamp is that, in ...


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It sounds like the IO went above and beyond, with better service than the traveler could rationally have expected in advance -- but I can't see anything wrong about the outcome. The EU/EEA freedom of movement rights apply to a person, not to a particular passport. Once the IO was convinced that the traveler was indeed an EU citizen, it may not have been ...


29

In short: Come to the airport early, security checks will take longer. You should expect a longer and more serious security check before your departure and after your landing, including questioning about your whereabouts and activities in Iran or Kuwait. If you just visited there, this should be it - your entrance is very highly unlikely to be refused. ...


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Israel allows Citizens of all countries to enter its borders, as long as they have an appropriate visa. There are countries for whose citizens Israel doesn't require a visa for a tourist stay of no more than 90 days. Malaysia and the other countries that don't recognize Israel and don't have diplomatic relations with Israel are not on that list so a ...


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I am worried they will (a) not let me board my flight from Edinburgh-Seville; There are no exit checks when leaving the UK. Airline staff will check your passport to see if you are allowed to enter Spain. They are extremely unlikely to check for an entry stamp. They will just want to see the ID page. (b) detain me or worse deport me (to the US) from ...


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No, you have used that entry and left the US long ago. Next time you transit through US you will receive a new entry. You don't have to transit within the period provided by the last one. You're fine. You can easily confirm your departure record with the CBP here. It will have your entry and exit record related to the stamp in question. When you visit/...


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French border police are present at St. Pancras, and process all passengers embarking on Eurostar services. French police is supposed to stamp passports except those of EU, EFTA, Andorran, Monaco and San Marino citizens, or persons holding article 10/20 residence cards. However, they often ignore stamping low-risk passports (US, Canadian, Australian, NZ ...


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If there really is no space at all, all pages are full, you need to apply for a new passport. In some countries (maybe most) you can apply for a passport with an extra large number of pages. Also in some countries you may qualify for a second passport (perhaps called a "business passport"), which is a secondary passport that you keep next to your current ...


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Officially it varies - the UN doesn't recognise Kosovo, but several others do. The big problem for you, as you observed - is Serbia, which considers it to be another province, and indeed administers five of the municipalities. The best warning I can find seems to come from Wikitravel: Visa Restrictions: Serbia officially states that it will block ...


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I'm tempted to write a book on non-verbal communication where you can't speak the language. :) Two things you could do: Hand signals. Turn to the page, point with your index finger, and indicate a stamping motion. They're passport officials, they'll recognise their most readily identified action ;) For extra certainly, point to a different page, and ...


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The form is about where you have been, not where your passport has been, so you should list all countries. Since you're returning to your home country, Immigration is not really going to care where you have been. Customs, however, may be interested in this, and things will get awkward if you don't declare country X, but they find goods obviously purchased ...


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Yes. Since Germany and Sweden are both in the Schengen area, you are not going through immigration at all when travelling from Germany to Sweden.


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Thanks to @phoog's suggestion, I kept my boarding pass and did a little more. Since I was worried that it would give me trouble when I'd leave the Schengen Area, I went to the airport police station and they helped me solve this problem. I just showed them my passport and explained what happened, and after checking my boarding pass, they crossed out the ...


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