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My girlfriend lives in the UK and I want to be able to come and leave as I please for next 3 years—which visa should I get?

Standard visitor visa seems like it's not long enough. I would like to come and go as I please. I would like to add I'm currently in the UK, have been here for 3.5 months. There's no way to do what ...
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Can my Serbian girlfriend apply for a UK Standard Visitor visa and stay for the whole 6 months?

In theory, yes, she can do this. The limit is six months, and if she plans to stay for six months or less, it's allowed. The problem is that she is likely to be denied, because a "genuine visitor" ...
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How soon can you reenter the US on a B-1/B-2 visa

There's nothing inherently suspicious in that pattern. The visits have been short and not particularly frequent. In total you spent about 20 days in the US during the entire year; you're nowhere ...
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Visiting the US twice under one ESTA?

You don't spend time in USA "under an ESTA" -- ESTA is an authorization to travel to the USA, and only for that. Once you've gotten there, you will be staying as a nonimmigrant alien admitted under ...
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Not sure if I have overstayed ESTA as went to Caribbean and the I-94 gave new 90 days at re entry and officer also stamped passport with new 90 days

When you enter the US on the VWP, short travel to Canada, Mexico, and nearby islands can result in re-admission on the previous I-94 (i.e. it doesn’t “reset the clock”). This is a (very imperfect) ...
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Thailand visa exemption: any rule limiting number of entries per year?

Starting Dec 31st, 2016, Tourist Visa Exempt Entries via land borders are limited to 2 per calendar year. Visitors arriving via air (int'l airports) are not affected by this rule; neither are Visa ...
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My girlfriend lives in the UK and I want to be able to come and leave as I please for next 3 years—which visa should I get?

The UK (and many other countries) have a rather odd (to you) view on remote work. You're not allowed to do it there on a visitor visa. So stop! Interview with UK firms and get a job with one, that ...
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How does the 180 rule work for UK tourist visas?

I'm not an expert but I wouldn't advise doing any of this. There are lots of stories on this site of people applying for a visa for, say, a three week visit, seeing that their visa is valid for six ...
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Is there any restriction in entering the South American countries multiple times in one year?

Yes, this is allowed for EU passport holders depending on how long you spend outside of Brazil in between visits, and how long your visits last. Exception: this regulation does not apply to citizens ...
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UK Stamp: Leave to Enter Until

You entered the UK three times in less than three months. You spent just under 40 days there in all, in between hopping over to other European countries and apparently with no firm plan to return home ...
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Not sure if I have overstayed ESTA as went to Caribbean and the I-94 gave new 90 days at re entry and officer also stamped passport with new 90 days

It's a common misconception (on well-reputed travel forums and even within the CBP unfortunately) that you can overstay whilst outside the US. What it is is that, if entering the US after a short ...
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Not sure if I have overstayed ESTA as went to Caribbean and the I-94 gave new 90 days at re entry and officer also stamped passport with new 90 days

The reason for giving you a shorter admission was not that they believed that you had overstayed. If they had thought that you'd overstayed then they would not have been able to admit you, because a ...
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How does the 180 rule work for UK tourist visas?

However, during this period they left UK on 16th March 2019 for Europe tour and will be returning back to UK on 26th March 2019. If they are readmitted without any special annotation then they get ...
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How soon I can re-enter in US, with b2 visa, if my previous stay was for two weeks?

If the next trip is for a similar duration (or fits within the period you were originally admitted for), there is no reason you would need to stay away for any particular period of time. What's not ...
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I’m an international student in Canada. I want to see my girlfriend in the US

This answer relates to a time when there are no extraordinary restrictions on travel, such as Covid19. As a Pakistani citizen you are required to get a visa to visit the US. For the purposes you ...
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Can I use multiple entries visa for multiple visits each year?

Is this visa always valid until 2026, or once I first enter Canada, it would expire after 6 months? As a multiple-entry visa, it will remain valid for entry until the end of the expiry date on the ...
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Biometric information for a UK visitor visa for the second time

Yes, every single application must submit the biometric and photos required each time, this prevents from anyone applying as you and committing identity theft. You will go through the same process as ...
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Can I stay in the UK for six more months if I stay for a few days in another country?

Unless you have the right of abode in the UK, it is very likely you will be turned away at the border. Staying in the UK is no longer a right for EU citizens and the UK does not allow people to make ...
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Can my fiancé enter UK more than once on a multiple-entry Standard Visitor visa?

The UK Standard Visitor Visa is a multiple-entry entry clearance that runs for 6 months. During that time the holder can come and go much the same as a non-visa national (e.g., Americans, Canadians, ...
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Is there a certain period of time we should wait before visiting Japan again (Visit limits)?

Short answer - there's not always a specific time. It depends on your situation. Any time you re-visit a country within a short time can and should raise questions. For example: visiting the US soon ...
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Can a Canadian Travel to the USA twice, less than 180 days each time?

US immigration law generally allows people entering in B-1 or B-2 status (which includes Canadian visitors without visas) to enter for up to six months per visit. There is a lot of misinformation out ...
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Can my Serbian girlfriend apply for a UK Standard Visitor visa and stay for the whole 6 months?

If your marriage is already decided, it would be better to keep it to the short visits until the marriage and bring your then-wife to UK afterwards. Even if your girlfriend manages to get a 6-months ...
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Can multiple entry schengen visa have a validity longer than 90 days?

Schengen visas can be issued for up to five years. The maximum duration of stay is 90 days, but if the period of validity is longer than six months then the stay is limited to 90 days in each 180-day ...
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Thailand visa exemption: any rule limiting number of entries per year?

I experienced this for the first time in BKK, officer said you can’t have more than 6 VE’s in 12 months. Even when it was obvious from my passport that I’ve never stayed longer than two weeks and I’ve ...
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Entering and leaving Europe (i.e., the Schengen Zone) several times in a month

A non-visa national, such as Argentine nationals, can pass in and out of the zone as long as the 90/180 rule is observed AND the person satisfies the landing interview with a valid premise. As a ...
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What is the minimum wait before I may re-enter the USA after a 90 day visit on the Visa Waiver Program?

There is no official rule for this, although there is a rule of thumb according to CBP. This is that if one spends X days in the US on the VWP, one should wait at least X+1 days before seeking to re-...
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How many times can American Tourist re-enter UK in same 6 month period?

If in the middle of my trip, I fly to Italy for a few days, and want to fly back to UK for a few more days before heading home, can I re-enter the UK? Yes, though, as always, the immigration officer ...
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How is the UK visa 180 calculated

It means maximum 6 months per entry. It means Nothing more. It means Nothing less. There’s no December January in this. Everytime you are granted entry and if the stamp says 6 months then you can ...
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Can I stay in the UK for six more months if I stay for a few days in another country?

If you were to fly to the UK directly, you'd most likely get rejected at the border as correctly pointed out by @Willeke. The immigration officers are likely to suspect you're trying to live in the UK ...
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