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My latest I-94 was obtained prior to 9pm so it’s hard to confirm but I believe your answer is that the I-94 dates are stored in the backend in UTC time while the web portal is set to show everything in Eastern Time by default. So any entry past 9pm in LAX will show up as the next day if looked up online. Overall I’d try to be cautious and make sure I follow ...


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When assessing sponsors, immigration are interested in two things. Are they able to afford to sponsor you? Is the reason for them sponsoring you plausible? Since you haven't indicated a reason why either would sponsor you, we cannot say which would be best. Neither seems like a good bet based on what you have said. Being resident in the US does not help.


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I picked up my friend on foot crossing peace arch border today, there is visitor parking adjacent to the staff parking. You will see you when you drive on left lane before the duty free shop. Don’t use the duty free shop parking as it will force you to go to the US custom. When in doubt just call Canada border office - they are very helpful +1 204-983-3500 ...


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I haven't used the particular providers you mentioned, but instead used Vault Health, which offers the same type of service (both at-home with video proctoring, and in-person at certain sites). Their test result PDF file does present lots of details about the lab methods used for testing, and the authorization from the FDA under which the test is provided, ...


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They won't take your neighbors word for it. Instead, they'll have a parking inspector come out to that particular street (they use tiny Go-4 cars) and take a photo of your car. Then after 72+ hours the parking inspector will come back and take another photo - if your car is still in the exact same spot, you'll get a ticket or get towed away. This is also how ...


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I think the answer is simply: because they feel like it. US CBP (Customer and Border Patrol) officers have an unusual amount of leeway and there is little oversight, so the experience tends to be very inconsistent and unpredictable. The "why" is often a moot question since the answer is simply "because that's what the officer wants to do"....


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Would these stamps always be given on request (e.g., for Americans who want to prove that they did not overstay in a foreign country)? No, according to https://stuff.mit.edu/people/stransky/us_entry_passport_stamps.html (mirror): Ports of entry I've used with no stamp received, even after asking: Laurier, Washington San Ysidro, California El Paso, Texas ...


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I lost count how many times I crossed the USA - Canada border first as a Canadian resident on a Hungarian passport with a ten year B1/B2 visa and then on a Canadian passport -- always with at least two laptops. (Sometimes three.) Never a problem. Other countries too. I never had an agent ask me why I have a pile of laptops :) Note attending meetings is a ...


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You are not eligible to work in the United States. So if you are at risk of not being able to start on Monday you should not leave Canada. Here's more information: Can I travel to the USA while working remotely for my non-US employer?


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I suspect either you or your friend is a little confused. The only way to apply for a US visa is in person at a US consulate (technically there are a few other ways, but they almost certainly aren't relevant here). In most cases, once you apply, the visa will be approved on the spot, and your passport/visa returned within a few days. Based on your comments, ...


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First of all, a clarification on the terminology. US "visas" are solely for entry and the expiration date of the visa just means the last date you can use it to enter. It does not have any relevance to how long you can stay in the US. When you entered, you were granted a J1 (probably electronic) granting you J1 status and an admit-until date. For ...


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Not in itself. It is a reasonably normal occurrence for people to take a personal and work laptop. The suspicious part is the duration of the trip which you may have to explain. Which questions get asked are at the discretion of the immigration agent which is unlikely to notice you have two laptops unless you are carrying two laptop bags. The explanation you ...


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There are two main reasons to get an IDP: You cannot legally drive a car in a foreign country without one (eg Japan). Rental agencies will not rent a car to you without one. Often the same set of countries as 1, but not always: for example, Malaysia no longer requires an IDP, but many agencies never got the memo and insist on one anyway. A fake/...


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In many cases, land crossings see a lot of back-and-forth cross border traffic, including a lot of people working or running errands across the border and crossing the border very often (sometimes multiple times a day). Cross-border commuters, really. Known in French as “frontaliers”. This is especially true in border regions in Europe, but I suppose that ...


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One of the reasons they have a big "thing" attached to the key is so you don't lose it. With something as big as a small cat, it would be hard to lose. Another reason is to prevent theft of the key. You can't shove a key attached to some big "thing" into your pocket so you will be forced to carry the key. And when someone sees you ...


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We used a 1970 Pontiac 350 alternator adjustment bracket for the bathroom key return device. Just large enough to prevent disappearance by accidental pocket storage but light enough to be easy to carry. Our restrooms were clean enough to eat off the floors being a "Full Service Station" with 24 employees, so customers would remark that our ...


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The episode was a more a joke than need be. Gas stations that offer restrooms, often incorporated the key with a huge weight or silly object. One to deter theft of key. Also key is property of station so prevent it being lost by being easily distinguished so you don't accidentally take it with you when you leave. Modern gas stations avoid this, often having ...


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With objects such as keys or pens that people can easily absentmindedly forget they are holding and walk off with, something is often attached to them to make that more difficult. This being a cartoon, this is exaggerated both for comic effect and because smaller details are harder to draw.


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These are very common in the US, I've usually seen them as a large wooden block, roughly 1"x3"x12". Note, the one in the Beavis & Butthead clip posted looks like an old muffler, probably as a gag; I've never seen a real one made of a muffler. Also, at least the ones I've used, you generally take the key in with you, because, as you say, ...


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So that people don't forget them in their pocket and leave the gas station with the key.


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The important point here is that the alley in question does not go through. It's blocked off on one end by a fence. It's also very narrow, and might be narrowed further by garbage cans and other obstacles. I don't know who put the red X's there or why. That's not a standard traffic marking and carries no legal meaning. But it does a pretty good job of ...


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The most surefire approach is as follows: Wait until its 2 weeks before your trip, making sure you already have your citizenship document at hand by then Call the Department of State at 8:00am ET on the dot (important - you want to be one of the first callers that day) and make an appointment for an emergency passport. You can only do this 2 weeks before ...


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In practice the border is definitely not closed for tourism. The Mexican embassy in the US has the following infographic on their pages: The full version of these statistics show that 11 million tourists have traveled to Mexico in the first 6 months of 2021 (the infographic above shows data for the first 3 months).


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As an addition to @Willeke's answer, there's a more generic question of "how do overstayers get caught". And the real answer is that a lot of times they aren't caught. Tens of millions of people around the world are in dubious immigration status and no authority is capable of identifying them all. Even China has illegal immigrants despite their ...


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Yes you miss something. The airline has to inform the authorities that you are on the plane and leaving. If you leave via a land border or by boat your departure may also be recorded, if not in all cases. If there is no record of you leaving, they may assume you are still in the country. It has happened to many people that they tried to enter the USA or to ...


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To build on the otherwise great answer, The actual question is: "Have you ever been unlawfully present (1), overstayed the amount of time granted by an immigration official (2) or otherwise violated the terms of a U.S. visa? (3)" I added the numbers. Does that help? The answers to the separate questions are: no -- you do not become unlawfully ...


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First of all, the visa is irrelevant. US visas are only for entry, and the visa expiration date has nothing to do with how long you can stay in the US. As F1, you were almost certainly admitted for "D/S" on your I-94, which means your F1 status does not have a definite end date. You remain in F1 status indefinitely, as long as you comply with the ...


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Car rental companies contract with private companies to collect tolls and tickets for traffic and parking violations. There is commonly outrageous pricing related to this and the companies often have official sounding names. For example, Avis/Budget uses Highway Toll Administration which has a official looking logo and official sounding name but is just a ...


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You only need your I-551 (green card) to re-enter the US. If the green card is expired but you are still in the US legally, there is other documentation that you'll need to provide. You should look entry requirements in Timatic, the IATA's system for documenting entry requirements. United Airlines has a nice free interface to Timatic. Make sure you ...


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The only "30 day" period that I am aware of is that the DS-160 website will delete an unsubmitted application after 30 days of inactivity. This 30 day period does not apply : To an application once it has been submitted, or To an application when saved locally to your computer (it will still expire from the website after 30 days, but you can ...


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According to GoodToGo: What if I already drove on a toll road or have unpaid toll bills? Don’t worry, it's not too late to save money. We'll lower any unpaid tolls and you'll pay the reduced toll rate as a part of the account set-up process. What you'll need to tell us to finish this step-by-step process: Vehicle information – Make, model, color, year, and ...


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I'll summarize below the answers received in the comment section. Can I legally drive through the backstreets in Seattle? Yes. From this article: The speed limit is 15 MPH. It's typically referred to as an alley. One has to be extra careful about pedestrians as they may not watch for cars coming from the alleys. Cars must yield to pedestrians. "When ...


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https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/frequently-asked-questions As a U.S. lawful permanent resident, which document do I use at the Global Entry kiosk? U.S. lawful permanent residents must use their I-551 permanent resident card at the Global Entry kiosk. I have never seen any indication that permanent residents would need ...


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The rules for the Covid test required prior to embarking on a flight to England are found here. The rules for the test for flying to Wales are identical. My understanding is that essentially any "proper" Covid test will meet the rules, and then you just need a test certificate containing the information listed in the rules. I've recently returned ...


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It's a pain in the neck. You just need to research test centers at the places where you will be and hope for the best. Testing is offered in many airports but typically at a very hefty price and the timing is tricky. There are plenty of public and private test sites but they all have all different rules, prices, appointment/documentation requirements , turn-...


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This appears to be related to the COVID eviction moratorium: [I]t is critical to protect tenants and residents of traditional dwellings from homelessness, as well as those who have lawfully occupied or resided in less traditional dwelling situations for 14 days or more, whether or not documented in a lease, including but not limited to roommates who share a ...


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Because hotels are in the short-term rentals business. If they let you stay too long, they risk turning into a landlord as some states will consider you to be a tenant after only 30 days. Becoming a tenant gives you numerous additional rights so the hotels are restricting the maximum duration of stay. For California see Cal. Civ. Code § 1940.1 Section 1940....


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Both routes almost have the same distance and the same predicted travel time. There will be little difference in overall drive time unless something unexpected happens on one of the routes. Google factors in typical traffic density, speed limits, major construction, average speed, etc. And also which one is better for sightseeing as it's going to be a long ...


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Google Maps takes into account traffic when the data is available. Of course when planning a trip ahead of time, conditions may not be as anticipated. You can set a day and time in the near-future but those are less reliable. If you want to know the best route, check the day you are leaving but for such a long trip, it means that you may not be able to know ...


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WeatherSpark solves your problem ("do I need a warm jacket?") perfectly. Go to their page for Seattle, then click on September and you get this wonderful chart: As you can see, if you travel to Seattle on Sep 1st, night time temperatures get down to 14 degrees. If you want to dive deeper and ask about 8pm specifically, the next chart can do that ...


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There are two things to consider: The regular (pre-COVID) rules for entry into the US still apply. To enter the US (actually to even be allowed to board), you need to either: be a US citizen be a US permanent resident (green card holder) have a valid US visa or have a valid ESTA There are no rules which allow you to automatically enter the US because you ...


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will I be able to travel next week as a spouse of an American citizen without an ESTA? No. You need ESTA or a visa. in future do I still need to have an ESTA to travel on? Yes, if you can get one. If your ESTA application is refused, you'll have to apply for a B visa instead.


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Viking Ocean Cruises offers several cruises that cross the Pacific. Among them: Hong Kong to Vancouver Sydney to Vancouver Auckland to Vancouver There are also several cruise ships that go around the world, here’s one from Oceania Cruises: Miami to New York: https://www.oceaniacruises.com/around-the-world-cruises/miami-to-new-york-INS211221H Then you ...


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Yes, it is possible. There are various repositioning cruises between Asia and US. The problem: they run on shoulder season (fall and spring, when repositioning Alaskan cruises to southern seas). And just few ship do it. In addition, there are world cruises, which allows also doing just partial trips. You may need to look them. Note: it depends on cruises, ...


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Directly from the Department of State If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered name change, you will need to obtain a new passport. Once you have a new passport, the Department of State recommends that you apply for a new U.S. visa to make it easier for you to travel to and from the United States. I changed my name. Is ...


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This may be a little more out-of-the-box (read as: dangerous) than you were looking for, but if you start in Asia you could go up to the easternmost point of Russia. Then, in the middle of winter it is actually possible to ski or snowmobile into Alaska. From there, you could presumably either rent a car or dogsled into a larger city like Anchorage, from ...


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The phone application Waze gives toll price estimates: When viewing alternative routes:


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As of 2021, cruise ship travel is very much a shadow of its former glory. There have been limited attempts to restart them in Europe and Alaska but so far passenger number are low, positive COVID tests are still a threat for every journey and international borders are still a major headache. Exotic cruising routes such as Tokyo-San Francisco are probably ...


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There is no regularly scheduled passenger liner service across the Pacific between Asia and the US. Your options are: Freighter travel. There are a few freighter ships that take (or should I say, took before the pandemic) a small number of passengers (any more than roughly 12 passengers triggers different safety regulations that these ships do not satisfy). ...


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I found a cruise that goes from Tokyo to San Francisco (20 nights). The link is here: https://www.rssc.com/cruises/MAR220415/summary?dclid=CNOVvbuj1_ICFbuVJwIdaMEMnA The route map is shown below:


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