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Transit through US without being a resident of any country

Based on the information in your question and in the comments, you are a resident of Germany for US immigration purposes. The US does not have a system equivalent to the German official residence ...
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Why did a Customs agent ask a US citizen about residency?

CBP stands for Customs and Border Protection. Proof of citizenship, as other answers have pointed out, resolves the issue of whether you should be allowed to enter. It does not resolve the issue of ...
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Does the UK know whether I am currently there or not?

Note: this question was later cross-posted in Expats with the result of further information being available. Those interested should visit the cross-posted question at UK immigration application: ...
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How does one prove one's residency to a given US state when flying to Costa Rica?

From the Costa Rica Tourism Board: Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the authorized states. This ...
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What is the meaning of 'national' as in e.g. 'Australian national'?

In international law, nationality and citizenship are synonymous. In domestic law, some countries distinguish between citizens and nationals, where all citizens are nationals and most nationals are ...
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Transit through US without being a resident of any country

I'm adding this as an answer of what not to do, because you might not be aware of some fringe political/legal arguments people try to make in the US. There are people that refer to themselves as &...
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What does "country of residence" mean in flight reservations given its different meaning in different contexts?

Country of residence is one of the many parameters used to determine whether you require a visa for your trip. It can definitely have immigration implications. It's especially relevant if you can ...
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Does my spouse (non-EEA) with UK Residence card need a visa to spain?

If your wife has an article 10 residence card, she does not need a visa if she travels with you. The UK's residence card for the family member of an EEA national is an article 10 card. She is also ...
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Can I apply for a Schengen visa at a country where I'm not a citizen? If so, under what conditions?

Generally you must apply for a Schengen visa from the embassy or consulate serving the place of your residence. This is not necessarily the country of your nationality; if you are in a third country ...
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Can army draft dodgers travel on a different passport?

I believe that a generic answer is impossible. Conscription as such is not considered a human rights violation by Western nations, any many have extradition treaties with each other. In a slightly ...
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Can EU citizens 'border-hop' between Schengen countries to prolong their 90-day maximum stay?

The freedom of movement rules are promulgated as a directive which means it is up to each member state to flesh them out in its own laws. As such, it differs considerably between member states which ...
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Will a green card holder have problems returning to the USA after more than six months away?

Away from the U.S. less than 180 days, no problem. Between 180 days and a year, maybe a problem. More than a year, definitely a problem. You should plan to return home (the U.S. is your home, right?...
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What does "country of residence" mean in flight reservations given its different meaning in different contexts?

According to the American Airlines FAQ, if you indicate your country of residence as USA and your nationality as something else, you'll be required to provide the US Resident Card information (source)....
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Schengen visa for non-EU citizen traveling to EU country for marriage with an EU citizen?

Let’s suppose that Jane is a non-EU citizen and is planning to travel to an EU country (on a tourist Schengen visa) to get married to her partner John, who is a citizen of that country. Because John ...
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Do I still need a blood test for a Kurdistan residency permit?

Yes, it is still required. In addition the the official government source that you provided in your question, the following link should also verify this. U.S. Government Travel Site (Last updated: ...
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Does Avianca actually check your residency status if you fly on a residents-only fare in Peru?

I'm a dual Peruvian-American citizen having taken my American friends to Peru I can attest that, while controversial, that the cheaper fares are meant to encourage Peruvian citizens who may not ...
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Travelling without Canada permanent residency card

A Canadian permanent resident who wishes to return to Canada and does not have a valid permanent resident card can apply for a permanent resident travel document. Attempting to enter as a visitor is ...
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Will a green card holder have problems returning to the USA after more than six months away?

The USCIS Maintaining Permanent Residency does not give any timelines on when they would consider someone to have abandoned their permanent residency status in the US. Some items that could cause ...
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Schengen visa for non-EU citizen traveling to EU country for marriage with an EU citizen?

There is no EU-wide or Schengen-wide answer to this question. Long term visas are subject to national law in the Schengen area and are not harmonized. You will have to research the requirements in the ...
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Can EU citizens 'border-hop' between Schengen countries to prolong their 90-day maximum stay?

Yes, they can, indefinitely. However, the penalty for staying longer than three months without registering (not "90 days") must be proportional to the penalty imposed upon a country's own citizens for ...
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How do consulates verify documents?

Not really an answer, but rather a frame challenge. I don’t know of any visitor visa which would exclude unemployed people. Otherwise students, retired people, housewives and children could never get ...
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Entering Germany with a Fiktionsbescheinigung

Yes, unfortunately, your reading is correct. A Fiktionsbescheinigung under § 81 Section 4 is only issued when you applied for a renewal (which is not your case) and it would say so explicitly on the ...
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Does the UK know whether I am currently there or not?

The UK electronically collects information of all passengers entering and exiting. When entering, you clear immigration whereby your entry is recorded. When exiting by air, the airline sends the ...
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Green Card Holder Re-Entry

All you need is your green card, but if you plan to be away for more than one year, you should get a reentry permit. If you don't get a reentry permit in that case, you may need a returning resident ...
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Does a UK residence card count as an Article 10 residence card?

The card you're asking about would allow your wife to travel to Iceland without a visa. She can also travel to Iceland by getting a visa. That is probably the way to go, as outlined below. First, ...
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What does "country of residence" mean in flight reservations given its different meaning in different contexts?

It looks like there is no consensus on this question. Different carriers likely use “residence” to mean different things, as it is a poorly-defined word. For my specific case, I contacted American ...
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Are holders of a temporary residence permit from an EU country eligible for free admission to the Louvre?

Yes. It is hard to prove a negative but there is no requirement to be a permanent resident (which is not a well-defined term across the EEA and cannot be effectively checked). In any case, in practice,...
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Will a green card holder have problems returning to the USA after more than six months away?

AIUI the new rules on Iranian citizenship and visits only pertain to VWP travel. They should not be an issue for permanent residents. The bigger problem is that by spending too much time outside the ...
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