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You have 3 options. Your US entry could be still valid for a few months. Usually an entry is valid for 6 months. You can plan to stay in US till situation is clear and flights are open to Columbia. It can be a few months. If your entry is expiring, you can apply for an extension. You can contact your embassy for possibility of repatriation or any other help....


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It is extremely unlikely that you will be able to visit the US When under a ban like this the only technical way to make a visit is to apply for a Waiver of Ineligibility. However these are granted only in very exceptional circumstances. In your case, with seven years of overstay, you are unlikely to be granted a waiver ever, and "visiting my son" is not an ...


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Yes, he can, but... There is a US$160 fee for a US B1/B2 visa, and your friend might also have to attend a visa interview. He can renew his British passport at anytime, so unless there is some other reason why a visa is needed, it might be easier to do that and then apply for an ESTA.


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No. A Resort VIP Tour does not also grant access to Club 33. The only way to use any of the Club 33's worldwide is to: Join Club 33 at the resort of your choice (membership does not grant access to other resorts' Club 33's, either. Find a current member and get them to allow you to use their membership (invite you as an unaccompanied guest) or invite you as ...


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This answer assumes that your parents are in the United States in B-2 status, and they want to extend their B-2 status filing form I-539. The web page for that form links to a page concerning online filing, which gives the qualifying conditions for filing online: Conditions to File Form I-539 Online You may apply online to extend or change your ...


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I think the question is which option is safer. Sure, being on a plane in close proximity of others is problematic, but it's important to consider the comparative level of safety in the US and Germany. For example, in the US, at least 3,921 people have died (around 12 per million), whereas in Germany it's 732 (around 9 per million). However, these numbers ...


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In the US, an expired visa does not mean expired legal status. You can check HERE when his status expires - if he actually holds a visa, it may be a lot later. If his status is indeed about to expire, he needs to consult a qualified physician. They, if need be, can issue a certificate, with which you can visit a CBP Deferred Inspections office in order to ...


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Your father is in a vulnerable segment regarding COVID-19. On the current progression, the situation in the US is not likely to be stable by the end of April 2020. If he can get an extension, it would be the best. If you can afford that, it's best to apply for that. If you choose to return to Germany, it is best to do it now, rather than later. Flights are ...


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Is it my best bet to try to change my flight to arrive at one of the approved cities? Should I just keep my fingers crossed and hope restrictions are lifted? As I've already submitted paperwork to end my lease, and my landlord has found a tenant to take over my flat, I will be in a terrible spot affording to find other accommodations as I await a viable ...


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No one knows if the travel restrictions presently in place will be lifted by April 21. Lifting restrictions is a political decision that will be made in the future, and probably the people who will make the decision don't even know now what they're going to do then. Your options and choices will reduce the longer you wait to act. And as your options and ...


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She can file Form I-539 for Extension of Status at any point up until her status expires. The application just has to be officially received by USCIS before her status expires. If she filed her Extension of Status application before her status expired, she can stay in the US while it is pending even if her status expires in the meantime. The government will ...


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You do not need an attorney. However, the I-539 form has five pages of questions. Can you answer them all? For example, are you eligible to extend your status, or must you instead apply to change to another status? If you entered as a B-1 visitor, for example, you might need to change to B-2 if you have no more business meetings planned. If you have a ...


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As a semi pro poker player I travel in and out of the US with cash over 10k frequently over the years, I have never had any issues when declaring the cash. I have had my papers in order of course where is the money from etc, where in Vegas or AC will I be staying and for how long. If leaving the US then receipts etc from casinos and so on. As long as your ...


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Let's suppose you succeed in getting away to your family living a few hours distant. Have you stopped to consider the probable reaction of others in the community there. Things have got very nasty in the Scottish Highlands in relation to numerous campervans and motorhomes coming from England to escape the Coronavirus, overwhelming the limited food resources ...


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I had no idea, so I did a bit of googling. I suggest, these mountains belong to the Rampart Range


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If you do, self-isolate for 14 days before getting close to family. Don't be "that guy" - you know the one. The selfish one who becomes the "index patient" for that county. Treat it just the same as New Zealand is treating visitors. Can you go on a 6-week grand tour of the Lord of the Rings filming sites and all of NZ's wonders? Welcome with open arms -...


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My wife, a Canadian citizen, and I, a U.S. citizen but a Canadian Permanent Resident, returned from the U.S. to Canada on Saturday, March 21. We had been snowbirds in Florida since November. Things may change, but the Prime Minister has called for Canadians to come home. In driving, we passed numerous motorhomes and 5th-wheels with Quebec plates. At customs,...


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Not directly an answer to the original question, and IANAL, but... At least for the practice in the Old World, so hopefully applicable in similar legislations elsewhere, citizens have a constitutional right to return to their home country. Nowhere else it says however what happens afterwards - e.g. by current extreme-measures laws, they can be subject to ...


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In Norway people have done exactly this, and now the military is forcing people to return to their homes. They argued, that healthcare in rural areas is minimal or nonexistent, and that if the people get sick later, they will either overrun the rural healthcare centers, or not get treatment at all. Coronavirus: Norwegians told to leave countryside cabins ...


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According to this tweet from Public Safety Canada about the border restrictions on non-essential travel across the US-Canada border starting March 21, under "Permitted Travel", it includes: Canadian citizens, permanent residents and status Indians can cross back into Canada. So you should not be denied entry to Canada.


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CWOP stands for cancelled without prejudice. The phrase without prejudice means that the reason for cancellation is not to have a negative impact on your future applications for visas or for admission to the US. Therefore, you ought to be able to apply for a new visa. However, I am not sure what the rules are surrounding OPT (for that, you should ask at ...


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The messaging is not 100% clear on this. However it appears that Canadian citizens and permanent residents returning home will be considered essential travel and will be admitted. However if you are resident abroad then you will be admitted only if your travel is essential, even if you are a Canadian citizen. If your reason for travel is not essential you ...


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Thank you all very much for your comments and suggestions. Given the uncertainty, I decided to call US Customs and Border protection (didn't even know I could; was only on hold for 3 minutes.) They said that her current plan is just as risky as coming to SFO 15 or 17 days since leaving the Schengen Area. The remaining risk is just due to the discretionary ...


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The question asks "I would like to know if there are any official recommendations on if this kind of travel is discouraged/forbidden, or even unofficial reasons why one option might be better than the other." In the US, travel and similar restrictions are being handled mainly by state and local governments. Chicago is in Illinois. The State of Illinois has ...


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Travel of this sort is either permitted or it's not. If there are restrictions on travel in your area you should follow them. If there are not then it's allowed. For example, if you were in Italy or France on this day (March 21 2020) then such travel would be forbidden - it's not essential travel. As I understand it there are no restrictions on internal ...


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The general answer to what happens to you when you are refused entry at a land border is that you are left at the border on the side you are coming from. In your case on the US side of the border. The bus will definitely leave without you (it will leave without you if you are taken off for secondary screening unless it is quite short.) After that you are ...


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No. There is no such thing as "transferring" a visa from one type to the other. You will have to make a new appointment, fill out the DS-160 again, pay the fee again, and go through basically the same process to get a B-1/B-2 visa. Although not required, they will probably mark your C-1 visa "cancelled without prejudice" to avoid confusion at the border. You ...


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No, you cannot. You must apply for a new visa and pay the visa application fee.


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I had solid plans to return to Europe soon, prior to the expiration of the visa entry, but that is no longer an option. Whenever visas or immigration are involved, never "simply assume something like this is a fact". Especially if the source is from news media of some kind, or even worse, hearsay. Consider your conversation here: Oh, so clever ... by ...


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According to the DHS announcement and fact sheet, the procedures for people who have been to Schengen Area countries within the last 14 days who are exempt from the ban (US citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family members) are the same as the procedure for people who have been to Mainland China (but haven't been to Hubei province) or Iran ...


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Unless it's written on your laptop cover, in big bold letters, that it is a work laptop, it's just a laptop. You are free to take it with you, and unless you are planning to sell it while in the US, no paperwork is required. If you're asked at the border, of which chances are negligible, why you are carrying it with you, truthfully say that you will be ...


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Does this include layovers? Yes, if you are an alien that does not fullfill one of the conditions of section 2 and were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry, when the plane departed after 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on March 13, 2020 As a US citizen, what will be the impact of my layover? Since ...


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CNN states that: The ban, slated to begin on Friday, only applies to foreign nationals, not American citizens, their immediate family members and legal permanent residents. Returning travelers will be screened prior to entering the US and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. This is also confirmed by The Telegraph and Euronews. It doesn't appear ...


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Contrary to some statements, flights have not been banned. Only some (well, many) people are banned. As there will be a huge drop in the number of people travelling on those flights, many flights will be cancelled, but at this stage there is no indication that they will stop altogether. Airlines are scrambling to try to adjust their schedules to the demand,...


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The procedure for getting extra time in the US is different depending on whether you entered under a B visa or under the visa waiver program (VWP). Most European visitors will have used the VWP. In that case, there is a regulatory provision for an extension of up to 30 days called "satisfactory departure" (8 CFR 217.3(a)): § 217.3 Maintenance of status. ...


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Here is a link to the full text of the proclamation issued by Trump. The countries affected are those in the Schengen area, and this applies to anyone who has been in any Schengen country in the last 14 days, so even if your flights arrives from somewhere else, it would apply, for example. For purposes of this proclamation, the Schengen Area comprises ...


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There are still a lot of unknowns at this stage, so it is quite difficult to answer with any degree of certainty. I expect you would need to be able to prove to someone (probably the airline, and then again CBP upon arrival in the US) that you are the spouse of a US citizen. Make sure you have a copy of your marriage certificate or other similar document, ...


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I see such questions pop up all the time and I wonder: Did you ask the embassy of your country and/or the US border administration? Even if they do not yet have all the answers, whatever they may answer has more weight than anything on here and can be used to defend yourself in case there are any problems with the information. Basically, if you do as the US ...


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The Proclamation suspends entry to the US of people who have been to the Schengen Area within the last 14 days, other than US citizens and permanent residents, and immediate family of US citizens and permanent residents. It does not affect exit from the US to the Schengen Area, and it does not suspend flights between the US and the Schengen Area (though some ...


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The restrictions apply from midnight on Friday. It's not clear whether that means midnight between Thursday and Friday, or midnight between Friday and Saturday. Either way, there is time to get on a flight. Contact your airline. The ban does not apply to the UK. Can you re-route via a UK airport? Some airlines are waiving change fees - contact your airline. ...


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Locally: Public transit is cash only (unless you have a weekly or monthly pass), exact change required. Taxis take credit cards but charge you an extra $3 to do so. The closest national park accepts cards but the link is poor enough that they have a sign up about cash being faster. In the not too distant past I have seen cash only signs at some park ...


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Late last year we spent two weeks on a roadtrip through FL and in San Francisco, from that experience I'd say you can live cashless 98% of the time. The only time we needed cash was: tip in the hotel one "hipster" restaurant booking the airport express in SF One important note I'm missing in this thread: Your VISA may be capped at a max no. of ...


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Take out some cash. Cash-free living may be harder for visitors than for residents, although it depends a lot on your spending pattern. As a visitor, your spending pattern is different than as a resident, and you might do some things that some residents who have lived cash-free for years rarely or never do. You may need more cash more frequently than a ...


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A lot of people here from Americans. We don't use ATM cards in Sweden; we use Visa/Mastercard (Credit or Debit), with youths offered Maestro instead. There is one thing they have not mentioned that affects some of us Swedes (myself included). If you have any special letters in your name, you might not be able to pay with your card in some stores. My surname ...


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This isn't just a matter of the shipping companies being difficult. Each state has its own regulations about what plants can be brought into their jusridiction, and what inspections are required. It is, for example, forbidden to take citrus trees into Californa without having them inspected, These regulations exist to protect the local industries from the ...


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The TRV application form for Canada asks: b) Have you ever been refused a visa or permit, denied entry or ordered to leave Canada or any other country or territory? If you can’t remember the details, just answer "Yes" to the question, provide the case number and explain that you don’t remember the reason.


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As a British citizen, you can spend up to 90 days per visit on the visa waiver program (VWP). Once you have entered the US under the VWP, there is effectively no way to extend your visit. (The exceptions are for close family members of US citizens and for things like medical emergencies.) In order to spend more than 90 days in the US, you can apply before ...


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Aside from hotel tipping, and a small number of government-driven fees (like park entrance fees), you can live in the US without cash. Although I typically carry about 25 $ in cash, just for emergencies, it turns out to be the same bills since years, as I never need them.


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Some things not mentioned by others about using your credit and debit cards in the US: Maestro cards don't work for purchases. You'll only be able to use these at ATMs to get cash. If you have a Visa Debit/Debit MasterCard and you use it at a payment terminal in the US, in some cases the terminal may ask the question "Debit or Credit". Always select Credit ...


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Almost. I also live cashless at home but usually bring some cash while travelling, either exchanged before hand or via an ATM if needed. For the US, it is mostly easy to pull with two exceptions: As @jcaron mentioned: Tips. Cash tips are often expected for help that has no other transaction. For tips with a transaction, you can usually add the amount on ...


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