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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 everyone between you and relevant authorities, well meaning but clueless family members and also less well meaning agents (also known as scammers, conmen, ...


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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 smartest way to get one is to call a translation agency - several of these can be found in the city. After that, this is what you'll have to do (the translator ...


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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 been given an exit stamp. This would be absolutely correct - IF you were catching a flight that went directly from Spain to Greece, or went via another country ...


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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 are only permitted to engage in activities that would be permitted under a B1 (business) or B2 (tourist) visitor visa, examples of which are enumerated on the ...


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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 permit and visitor visa you should have applied for a copy, not applied for a new visa. It is not surprising that you were refused another study permit since you ...


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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.g. an IS151 form) stating that you were being removed, deported or required to leave (which ever the case may have been). You were actually admitted to the UK, ...


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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 think that you can just stay until the quarantine is lifted and then leave as usual without proper extensions etc. Immediately contact the relevant authorities ...


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This is a serious error that will have to be corrected by the consulate. You should contact the VFS office where you applied immediately and explain they've put someone else's visa in your passport.


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A quick answer to clarify the crux of the matter. For non-native English speakers, be aware that: Very confusingly, the word "leave" has a number of completely different meanings. One meaning is simply "permission". The stamps shown very simply mean: "Permission to enter until ..." This meaning of the word "leave" is utterly different from the ...


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While there is a huge level of uncertainty about what will happen after Brexit, or even if Brexit will actually occur, guidance for people visiting the UK after Brexit (thanks @MichaelHampton) would indicate that visa free entry for citizens of an EU country (and Switzerland) is built into British law, and not dependent on EU membership. In other words an ...


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The only regular non-immigrant visa category that would conceivably allow working in a shop (no matter whether paid or not) would be H-2B for temporary non-agricultural workers. But that is a purely theoretical option, because it will only be issued if the U.S. Department of Labor finds that it is in the interest of the U.S. economy to let the particular ...


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The 90 day clock starts when you arrive in mainland Europe. The UK isn't in the Schengen Area, so your time there has no effect on your Schengen time limit. It's worth noting that the EU and Schengen Area, while related, are different things: several countries (UK, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, Croatia) are in the EU but not Schengen, while some (...


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Turkey is not in the Schengen area, so going from Spain to Turkey is exiting the Schengen area and therefore your passport gets stamped with an exit stamp. But the exit stamp is actually entirely irrelevant for your problem. The stamp that's a problem for you is your entry stamp from when you first entered Spain. This means that your single entry is now ...


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The visa waiver program allows you to do the things you could do on a visitor visa, which includes "Visit with friends or relatives". What you are actually doing is completely proper and permitted. You will probably not have any problems. Immigration officials must be quite bored with people from the UK visiting the US for a week or two. There will be ...


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After a rule change in 2017 NHS would have asked you to pay up front for chargeable medical services. Note that emergency services in Accident & Emergency are not chargeable and you would not be billed for such services. Even more so that you apparently left A&E before receiving any service at all. So this should not affect your trip in any way. As ...


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This is a case of force majeure, which the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China uses in 2 cases. Unfortunately not for this situation: punctual exit impossible due to force majeure but Article 55 (unforeseen arrival in China) states that you must immediately report to the nearest exit/entry border inspection authority or ...


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First, she needs to get out of the country. https://ve.usembassy.gov/visas/ says: On March 11, 2019, the Department of State announced the temporary suspension of operations of U.S. Embassy Caracas and withdrawal of diplomatic personnel. All consular services are suspended. Immigrant visa applicants should contact IVBogota@state.gov for additional ...


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First of all, I applaud your resolve to be truthful in the application. Definitely tell the truth. Having said that, visiting a boyfriend or girlfriend can indeed be a bit of a red flag to immigration, though it is not an insurmountable one. The key parts to successfully getting a visitor visa are convincing the officer reviewing the application that the ...


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There are two kinds of ways that you get to not enter the US at a land border. The most serious is "denied entry". This means they officially refused you entry. It goes on your record in the US and you have to answer "yes " to any questions about being denied entry to a country. It will seriously affect your ability to enter the US and other countries. The ...


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You will need to apply for a visa. This text is taken directly from this page on the US CBP web site (my emphasis): Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, North ...


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I believe it is too late to apply for 2019, but the J-1 visa summer work travel program allows this sort of work situation if you are a currently-enrolled post-secondary student and your visit is during your academic summer break and within the program dates (which are Jun-1 to Sep-30 for 2019). Summer Work Travel Program College and University ...


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(This was originally a comment but I am turning it into an answer at the suggestion of @R..) If your mother applies for a visa extension before her visa expires, she is able to stay while she awaits the decision for "a period of up to 240 days". She can file online here https://my.uscis.gov/exploremyoptions/extend_non_immigrant_stay_us for a fee which is ...


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According to the Mexican consulate in San Francisco, anyone who would otherwise need a visa to visit Mexico is exempt from that requirement if they have a Schengen or UK visa (among others): effective May 2016 all those foreign nationals, regardless of their nationality, visiting Mexico for tourism, business or transit are NOT required to obtain a Mexican ...


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One possibility: Some countries require visa applicants to show proof that they've already bought flight tickets etc. for the entire trip by the time they apply for a visa. I'm not sure whether Spain is one of them, but we have anecdotal evidence that some Schengen countries do -- or at least some consulates of some Schengen members do. On the other hand ...


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To answer the main question first, no the US government will definitely not stop you leaving the US. Unless you are wanted for a crime (or subject to a court order) anyone is free to leave the US whenever they want. But there are other important issues. When you seek asylum you are asking for protection from your own government. If after you are given ...


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Schengen does not remove the requirement to have appropriate documentation when crossing borders (or even within a country). It only removes systematic checks at borders. You can still have spot checks at border points. There could also be "emergency measures" checks restored at some borders. There could even be spot checks inside a country, completely ...


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From personal experience I don’t believe this is true, and I do believe it is always best to tell the truth in any visa application. My partner is Cuban. It is notoriously difficult for Cubans to get a visa for any destination, and it’s virtually unheard of for a Cuban to be able to meet the financial eligibility requirements in their own right. I have ...


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Your sister cannot stay legally in the US more than 90 days with the visa waiver program. Nor can she go to Canada, Mexico or some nearby islands as the time spent there will be included in the 90 days, specifically to address the visa-run problem. Even if she flies to, say, Europe, and returns quickly she risks refusal at the border. If she wants to stay ...


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You got the Visa Warning because you were a visa national (needed an Irish Visa) and reached Ireland without a visa, implicitly requesting a waiver claiming to be family member of an EU citizen. You were unable to convince them completely. But for reasons unknown to me, or in compassion, you were allowed a limited entry. Please note: if you state on your ...


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Don't worry. 42 pounds is not a material amount of money when judging a visa application, and the officers are looking for regular income (salary etc), not one-offs. For comparison, an oft-quoted (but AFAICT totally unofficial) guideline is that you want to have funds of around 100 pounds for every day that you're staying in the UK.


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