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When an individual enters the United States, can they have an attorney present when going through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection?

CBP generally prohibits interviewees from having access to legal counsel during immigration inspection. The American Immigration Council's Behind Closed Doors: An Overview of DHS Restrictions on ...
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How to pass a Green Card through immigration to someone arriving to the US from abroad?

My wife has arrived now and passed immigration successfully, so I can answer the question based on this one experience, although it won't necessarily be the same for everyone. The direct answer - the ...
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How to pass a Green Card through immigration to someone arriving to the US from abroad?

According to CBP it is very important for her to have her green card. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) of the U.S. must present a Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card", Form I-551), a Reentry ...
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Can a French citizen fly from France to the USA with a green card, but no passport?

You cannot use just a green card to fly from France to the US because you cannot clear the passport control for departing passengers with the green card. For that, you'll need either a French ...
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Traveling from the US to the UK without a passport

If you are an Ethiopian citizen, then you will not be able to enter the UK without an Ethiopian passport, and you would have to apply for a UK visa. There will be no way you could get a visa to enter ...
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Does a UK citizen with US residency need any paperwork to travel to UK and back?

To travel to the UK, your son will need his UK passport. For travel from the UK back to the US, he will need his UK passport and his US green card. No other travel paperwork should be necessary. The ...
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US green card holder traveling with one-way ticket

As a US permanent resident (green card holder), there's no problem entering the US on a one way ticket. The idea of permanent residency is that you are allowed to live and work in the US permanently. ...
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Does an Albanian citizen with a US green card need a visa to enter the UK?

You can check if you need a UK visa at this gov.uk web site. I ran through it with your citizenship, and guessed that the purpose of your visit would be tourism, and the result is that you do need a ...
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Can a green card holder re-enter the USA with a foreign temporary passport?

Yes, a green card holder can re-enter the USA with or without any sort of passport because a green card is sufficient by itself: United States (U.S.) LPRs do not need a passport to enter the U.S. as ...
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Traveling from the US to the UK without a passport

Yes, you need a passport. If you are unable to get an Ethiopian passport and are a refugee or asylee, you may be able to get a travel document from the United States to serve in its place. But the ...
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Can a French citizen fly from France to the USA with a green card, but no passport?

You will need either a valid passport or valid carte d'identité (CNI) to exit France. To enter the US, the Green card is enough, as stated in Timatic, the database used by airlines: Passport ...
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In Timatic, is a scan (copy) of a green card good enough to board?

All documents mentioned in TIMATIC must be originals, unless it's explicitly stated that a copy is accepted. There's no such statement regarding green cards. So no, a copy of a green card will not do....
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Out-of-country plates on bill-by-plate toll road

Most American visitors without transponders will be billed (or rather the registered owner of the car will be billed, via mail) for their use of the electronic toll roads. There is a reciprocity ...
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My national passport

If you are still a citizen of your country or origjn you can still technically use its passport. However you should be aware that if you have asylum in the United States that is because you have ...
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I am a US Green Card holder. Do I need a visa to travel to and from Canada?

From The Government of Canada website: As a U.S. Green Card holder, you do not need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. However, you are expected to have an eTA if you plan to fly to or transit ...
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What am I supposed to declare when driving from Mexico to the United States, as a US lawful permanent resident?

You commented that this was entering the US via land port-of-entry via the SENTRI/Global Entry vehicle lanes, and I think it's possible your experience was directly related to this fact. The CBP are ...
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Can I travel back to the USA on an ESTA if I have an expired green card?

If you have a 10-year Green Card, you can fly to and enter the US on it alone even if it's expired. If it's not a 10-year card, you need either a Transportation letter or (for conditional Green cards)...
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Traveling from the US to the UK without a passport

A Green card, on its own, is only valid for entering Canada by land, or re-entering the US. So no, you will have to cancel the trip (don't forget to get the airport taxes refunded) unless you can get ...
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Will airlines let me board with a green card only?

It's not about the airline, but the ground handling agent. All of them are supposed to use IATA's TIMATIC database to verify documents, which states: Passport Exemptions: - Passengers with a ...
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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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Can a US Green Card holder travel to the Schengen area without a visa?

It doesn't matter if you have a green card or not, what matters is your nationality. This list says Philippine nationals need a visa. You can use the green card to prove ties to your home country ...
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Immigration when flying into Toronto and when entering the USA by land border

On the itinerary you've outlined, you would enter Canada and go through its customs and immigration processes. You will then enter the United States through a land border crossing, of which there are ...
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I am a US Citizen that also has Israeli citizenship. Can I leave the US on my American passport and enter Cuba on my Israeli passport?

The US restrictions on travel to Cuba are found in the Treasury Department regulations. The prohibitions generally apply either to "any person within the United States" or "any person ...
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Upon entering the United States, is it ok to ask the US immigration agent not to stamp one's passport, and if so, would they always/typically agree?

Get Global Entry—US permanent residents are eligible if you otherwise meet the program requirements. I cannot 100% guarantee that nobody will stamp your passport under any circumstances if you have ...
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Nicaragua visa letter

This is what Timatic (courtesy KLM) has to say: National India (IN) /Residence USA (US) Embarkation USA (US) /Destination Nicaragua (NI) Nicaragua (NI) Passport ...
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Can a US permanent resident re-enter the US with an expired Peruvian passport?

You do not need a passport to travel back to the US, but you will need a valid US Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) with you. If you've been out of the US for more than a year, you'll also need a ...
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US Green card holder with Indian passport expiring in 4 months planning a short weekend trip by road to Canada

You don't need a passport at all to enter Canada by land, only your Green card. As such, the question is moot.
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Transit visa for US permanent resident travelling thru Toronto

Permanent residents of the United States do not require a visa to visit or transit through Canada. You no longer require eTA: As of April 26, 2022, lawful permanent residents of the United States ...
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Can I travel to another country from the US without a passport if I have my green card

You can visit Canada using only your green card and no passport, provided you arrive via land from the United States. I know of no other perfectly legal ways to enter another country without a ...
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What is the best visa option for visiting UK for a week or two from US?

You need a Standard Visitor visa (you can check this here) and the documents required are listed at GOV.UK. There is no need to exchange currencies. As far as what financial documents to include as ...
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