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If you are a refugee, as defined by the UN convention, then no, you can't return to your home country without losing your refugee status. After all, the fact that you dare to return means that 1) the situation in your country has improved so giving you refugee status isn't necessary anymore, or 2) you lied to authorities in the first place to get refugee ...


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You were given refugee status because you convinced them that you couldn't go back to Iraq. So yes, if they know you went back you will likely lose your status. As for how to cheat the government and still go, I'm not sure you'll find someone here who can give you advice on that. Most people in this site are not into cheating; and even if you got concrete ...


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You should seek competent legal advice from someone with experience handling asylum cases, which may include local immigrant legal-aid organizations. Even with permanent residency, traveling back home or even using the passport of the country you are claiming protection from can put your status at risk: If your travel abroad suggests that you no longer ...


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An acquaintance did the same and got his refugee status revoked when he was found out. In his case the country of origin was Afghanistan and the host country was Britain. I reckon the same rules apply in Germany as well.


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I'd be very careful and seek legal advice before doing this, perhaps from a local organization that assists refugees. In Canada, seeking protection, even just a new passport, from the country a refugee has fled can be cause to lose refugee protection. I haven't been able to find a definitive source that indicates the same applies in Europe (and it may depend ...


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Not with just a Nairobi-Amsterdam ticket, since the airline is fined if it carries someone without the right documentation. EUR 11,250 per passenger, just so you know. As such, you need to buy a ticket to a country you can enter visa-free or with a visa on arrival via Amsterdam For Kenyans, countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and ...


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You're probably not formally banned, but that just means that a border guard will be allowed to let you in without losing his job over it, if he believes you're really a genuine tourist or business traveler. But they never have to let anyone in. And with the background you're presenting here you will have a devil of a time convincing any border guard that ...


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The Irish government provides a tool for determining what visa you require to travel to Ireland. Putting in your details shows that you do not need a visa to travel to Ireland for any stay up to 90 days. Ireland is a party to the European Agreement on the Abolition of Visas for Refugees. Since you have a 1951 Convention document issued by another party to ...


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A recent addition to the Asylgesetz, §8(1c), says that authorities such as the police, border control, the foreigner's authority, or the social welfare office must notify the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) if you're travelling home. BAMF then has to decide again about your refugee status. Your refugee status will be lost if you settle in ...


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The answer appears to be no: it is extremely unlikely that the airline will allow you to board. According to Timatic, a Kenyan citizen who wishes to enter the Netherlands must have a visa, proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay, and documents necessary for entry to their next destination. What's more, airlines are required to give special scrutiny ...


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You are looking for the "In-Canada Asylum Program". See How Canada's refugee system works. The key points are that you must have a well-founded fear of persecution or be at risk of torture or cruel or unusual punishment in Sweden. You are not eligible if you have been convicted of a serious criminal offense. It may be difficult to prove a well-founded fear ...


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Whether visas are required of holders of refugee travel documents is one of the corner cases that the Schengen rules have not harmonized between member states. Most but not all Schengen states are parties to the multilateral European Agreement on the Abolition of Visas for Refugees. These states grant visa-free entry to refugees settled in another party ...


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Yes, you need a visa. Canada requires all persons traveling on refugee travel documents to obtain visas, regardless of which country issued the document. Note: Holders of Alien’s passport and Stateless individuals need a visa to visit or transit in Canada. (Note that "Alien's passport" means any travel document issued by a state to a non-citizen, ...


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It depends, but most likely it is a very bad idea. First of all you have to realize that there is no "refugee status in the EU". Instead, you have been given the refugee status by some specific country (which itself is a member of the European Union). Many laws regarding refugees are defined by national laws and on top of that are some EU laws (especially ...


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The UK requires visas of all refugee travel document holders, unless the UK issued the travel document (in which case it is obviously good for return to the UK).


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As France is not among the countries noted, per The Republic of Ireland Naturalisation and Immigration Service (updated on 20 Jan 2017), you require a visa (emphasis mine): Ireland accepts Convention travel documents issued by the countries listed below only. Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, ...


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As a citizen of Eritrea, yes, you need a Schengen visa to go to Amsterdam. This is true whether you fly there by way of Iceland (or any other Schengen country) or directly. If you fly through Iceland, you will enter the Schengen area in Iceland, for which you need a Schengen visa, and your flight from there to Amsterdam will be an internal Schengen flight, ...


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OK I can answer this after the edit: lawyer, lawyer, lawyer! Forget random sites on the Internet, your case is insanely complicated, unique, special and one bad move on your end might be irreversible. You need the help of a professional, real bad. Here is a link to the United States of America Pro Bono Directory provided by the International Refugee Rights ...


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You are a stateless person or a refugee with a Refugee Travel Document I-571 issued by the United States and wish to know if you must obtain a visa to travel in the Schengen area on your Refugee Travel Document. Generally this varies both by the country you wish to travel to, and the country that issued the refugee travel document. Some examples: Germany ...


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There is no equivalent of "airside" at Brussels South station. If you cannot legally enter Belgium and France, you cannot legally travel by train from Germany to the UK. Since you can't enter The Netherlands, the Dutch Flyer ticket is not an option either. At Brussels South Station, Belgian border force will have exit checks, so at this point you will be ...


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No, you can use it to travel to countries outside the Netherlands, but not to travel to your country of origin. https://www.arnhem.nl/Inwoners/english/Identification/Refugee_passport If you have a compelling reason for wanting to do this, you should consult an Immigration lawyer with experience in refugee law in the Netherlands before you attempt to travel.


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No. You can only apply for asylum after you have already arrived in the country (or at its borders). Why do you think so many people are risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean (and from Africa, also the Sahara) to get into Europe? They wouldn't be doing that if they could simply board a flight. No airline will allow you to board if you do not ...


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Yes, you can, provided your B-1 visa application is successful. For the purpose of US immigration law, the following definition applies: The term “passport” means any travel document issued by competent authority showing the bearer’s origin, identity, and nationality if any, which is valid for the admission of the bearer into a foreign country. Because ...


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If you are currently seeking asylum, the answer is no. You must stay in Italy and complete the procedure. At the border to Germany, the police would stop you. If they determine your identity with your biometric data, they'd send you back to Italy. Once you have been granted asylum, you should get a Schengen residence permit and also a 1951 Convention travel ...


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No. Your friend requires a visa to come to the US. Citizens of Spain can come to the US without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, but one criterion for participating in the VWP is to have the nationality of, and present a passport issued by, a VWP country (8 USC 1187(a)(2)). Your friend is therefore unable to come to the US under the VWP even if he or ...


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Your travel document is fine to submit instead of a passport. That is the whole point of the document, after all. The US will accept it as such. The definition of "passport" in United States law includes any travel document issued by a foreign government or international organization, whether it has the word "passport" printed on it or not. The controlling ...


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The answer to your last question is no. South Africa gave you safety from the danger and persecution in Somalia, so Canada and Australia would most likely send you back to South Africa. You may be able to get a Canadian or Australian tourist visa, but to do so you must convince them that you are a real tourist. That requires a stable job and ties to your ...


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The requirements for your boyfriend to travel to the US depend on his exact status. If he has been granted refugee status he should have a Permesso per Asilo Politico. This allows him to apply for a Refugee Travel Document or Documento di viaggio. This functions instead of a passport, and should be accepted by the US as one. Once he has this document he ...


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With a 1951 Convention refugee travel document issued by Norway, you can: Use the travel document to travel to other countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180 day period without a visa. Use the travel document instead of a passport to apply for visas, and travel to, any countries outside the Schengen area except for one. You cannot: ...


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