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Should I submit bank statements when applying for a UK Visa? What do they say about me?

What Is the Purpose of Bank Statements? At first principles bank statements show that the applicant has the financial capacity to visit the UK. However there is a lot more to it and it's not just ...
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Job interview in London requires me to wire money to the travel agent. Is this a scam?

Based upon what you wrote, you are getting ripped off. It means you are the victim of a con. A UK emergency travel document is issued to British citizens only. They will never issue an emergency ...
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I don't know my nationality. How can I visit Denmark?

From your description it appears that you are stateless -- that is, no country recognizes you as its citizen. That makes international travel difficult, but what's generally supposed to happen is that ...
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Can I return to the United States as a tourist after being there illegally for most of my life, as a minor?

Unlawful presence does not accrue for children under 18: An alien whose unlawful status begins before his or her 18th birthday does not begin to accrue unlawful presence for purposes of section 212(...
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Will replacing a fake visa with a different fake visa cause me problems when applying for a legal study permit?

Lose your passport and get a new one without all this fake permit nonsense. (Edit: more precisely, wash it nice and hot as this answer https://travel.stackexchange.com/a/146620/4188 suggests.) Lose ...
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Why do many countries in the world still require citizens of states with a high HDI to get visas?

Reciprocity? Many Latin American countries charge reciprocity fees from USA citizens on rationale that their citizens have to pay same fees when applying for visas to USA. Russian Federation for ...
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What to do if I overstayed my e-visa for Saint Petersburg/Leningrad Oblast

First of all, if you are not fluent in Russian, you'll need (this is mandatory) an official translator to a language you speak fluently (in my case it was English, even though I'm a German). The ...
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My passport was stamped with an exit stamp while transiting to another Schengen country via Turkey. Was this a mistake?

Your thinking seems to be that because you were flying from one country in the Schengen Area to another country in the Schengen area, then you were not really "exiting" Schengen, so should not have ...
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Coming up with a fake travel plan to apply for a Schengen visa, will I get caught?

In order to acquire a canonical question/answer about lying on Schengen applications in our TSE archives, allow me to offer the following advice. The strict 'party line' on TSE is we do not encourage ...
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I've been warned to leave the US within 10 days as I will "overstay" my visa, but I have legally left the country by plane months ago. What can I do?

First, check that this is a genuine warning. Check it for the usual signs of a scam email (faked "from" address, links you to a website that does not end in .gov). Contact US immigration on a publicly ...
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Seven-day validity for a UK Visa? Application was for a 6-month short stay visa

The Visa is valid for 02/02/2018-02/08/2018. Can I still, use this visa or am I at risk of being denied entry at the airport in Heathrow. The visa you have received is valid from the 2nd of February ...
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Working in the USA for living expenses only; allowed on VWP?

As a technical matter, your niece as a UK citizen can enter the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP); the ESTA is an authorization for the bearer to attempt to enter under the VWP. VWP visitors ...
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I overstayed in US and I'm barred for ten years, but I want to visit my kid

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 ...
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Is it possible to enter Russia by train 1-1.5 hours before the visa validity period starts?

There are things I would try doing and there are the others. Attempting to enter Russia before my visa is valid (or attempt to overstay my Russian visa) even if by a few hours only clearly belongs to ...
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Lost passport and visa, tried to reapply, got rejected twice. What are my next steps?

OK, you've done pretty much everything wrong so far. When you changed your course of study you should have told immigration. You wouldn't have needed a new study permit. When you lost your study ...
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The UK has voted to leave the EU. How does Brexit affect people traveling to the UK and vice-versa?

As of today, no. Nothing has currently changed (other than currency prices, which are of interest to international travelers). There will be a prolonged negotiating period over the next several ...
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UK visa refusal on V 4.2 a + c (and sometimes 'e')

You applied for a Standard Visitor Visa and received a refusal. Your refusal notice provided an explanation and referred to Paragraphs V 4.2 (a) and (c) (and sometimes sub paragraph 'e'). This is a ...
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I may have broken ESTA rules without knowing. What to do now?

So now, what are my risks? None. Are you going to walk up to an immigration officer and say some years ago I broke immigration rules that US Immigration does not know about? They will think you are ...
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Traveled on an invalid ESTA due to prior N Korea trip. How screwed am I?

The only way to get a definitive answer will be to apply for a US Visa, but realistically it's extremely likely that the answer is "not at all screwed". Technically you did break the rules, ...
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I don't know my nationality. How can I visit Denmark?

Henning Makholm's answer addresses the issue of your possible statelessness, and suggests a way of obtaining a travel document. The other alternative is to acquire a citizenship. Your case is ...
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I was born in a city which is now under control of a different country. What is my "country of birth" on US visa/ESTA applications?

It's worth pointing out the guidelines the USA itself applies to U.S. passport holders: (My emphasis) 7 FAM 1330 APPENDIX D  BIRTH OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES - CURRENT SOVEREIGNTY RULE (CT:CON-254;   ...
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Refused boarding to New Zealand because I couldn't demonstrate I'm an NZ citizen. What are my options?

You travelled with your daughter to Russia on Russian passports, but your daughter is a New Zealand citizen with a New Zealand birth certificate. I assume that you have a valid New Zealand visa ...
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How does President Trump's travel ban affect nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen coming to the US for tourism/transit/etc?

Update - November 2017 On the 13th of November, the preliminary injunction (which prohibited the US government to enforce the presidential proclamation) was stayed except for foreign nationals who ...
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US citizen previously refused entry into the UK and been refused for visa. What to do now?

Do anybody have any clue what I should do??? Seek help from an immigration lawyer. 2 entry refusals and 1 visa refusal are not helpful at all. I don't think you can solve this yourself now. If you (...
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Have I been “Required to leave the UK”?

This question is asking if you were deported, removed or "required to leave" the UK because of illegal entry or overstay. If it applied to you, the Home Office would have served you with paperwork (e....
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Deported from UK but got a fresh clean passport. Will the US know?

In general, the UK and the US partner closely and it's highly likely that the US will be aware of the UK deportation. If your brother claims he has not been deported, but the US has evidence that he ...
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At US Immigration if stamping done says until xyz date, does it mean leave the country by that date or reach home country by that date

THe USA doesn't care where you are after leaving the US; they only care about how long you're in the US for. So it's simply the date by which you must leave the US.
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What happens when a town is under quarantine and my visa expires

Medical emergencies (which this definitely is since they have quarantined the city) are a valid reason for a visa extension. Make sure, however, that you notify the relevant authorities ASAP. Do not ...
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