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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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There's one place where an American citizen can work completely legally and indefinitely on a tourist visa: Svalbard! Under the terms of the Svalbard Treaty, any citizen of a treaty signatory, including the US, may "become residents and to have access to Svalbard including the right to fish, hunt or undertake any kind of maritime, industrial, mining or ...


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If you're a celebrity organizing a world tour you are guaranteed to have dozens of crew members or partners resolving various issues with logistics in every country. Remember that visas aren't the only barrier - you need legal contracts, booked venues, insurance, transportation, backup plans if something goes wrong, advertising, security, accommodation, etc. ...


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My visa was immediately rejected when I mentioned that I was planning to work for a German company while in the States, with the reasoning that I was planning to work there. As you can read in this article, the US tax law states that every income from abroad of more than 3000 $ per year counts as a US income (which means that taxes need to be paid in the US)...


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There's a crucial difference between being contracted by a Canadian company and being hired (as an employee) by a Canadian company. An employee of a foreign company who goes to the US as a representative of that company to see to their interests there, in a manner integral to the foreign company's business outside the US, is allowed to do so on a business ...


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You don't need a hat. If you're traveling for business and are in the IT industry, you'll spend all your time in air-conditioned offices, hotels and taxis, and will spend very little time outside. As a rule, only the poor walk in India, and the campuses of Indian IT firms are generally in suburbs that are virtually unreachable by public transport anyway. ...


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Any kind of work effectively connected with U.S. i.e. performing some labor and getting any kind of compensation (not necessarily monetary) is not allowed on tourist visa. What you describe fits into one of the categories for the J visa. Those can be arranged through some agencies (e.g. au pair, work-travel, camp counselling and similar). Main purpose/focus ...


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Canada! Here's what the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says about What kind of activities are not considered to be “work”?: long distance (by telephone or internet) work done by a temporary resident whose employer is outside Canada and who is remunerated from outside Canada; I can heartily recommend Beautiful British Columbia, especially ...


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Speaking from first-hand experience, I can say with certainty that YES, you CAN use the VWP in order to enter the US to attend a job interview, either for a job in the US or for a job outside of the US. A VWP is functionally equivalent to a B1/B2 visa (they often actually write B1 or B2 on the entry stamp to designate this!), and there are no other visas ...


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No, your visa is a uniform short-stay visa. The Schengen system does not have different kinds of visas for business and tourism. Your visa is valid for all short visits to the Schengen area. In the application form there is a question that asks for "purpose of stay" -- but that does not mean "which kind of visa should we issue?", rather "which general kind ...


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He has been told this by an immigration lawyer! No, he hasn't. He's lying through his teeth, because as the top answer points out, the law makes it clear that ANY work, regardless of whether or not it's for a regular salary, is not permitted under the terms of her visa. There is no immigration lawyer in the country that would have told him this because it's ...


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Georgia’s Reforms Associates website called FactCheck researched this very topic in 2014: Conclusion Our research has established that in Georgia certain professions have nationality restrictions due to national and public interests. In order to bring in a verdict, we must also take international experience into consideration. Both strict and ...


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The link you cited states the following: Persons who are considered a tourist are those who travel to Aruba for one of the following purposes: vacation and relaxation, sport, health reasons, family matters, study, religious purposes or a business visit. During their stay in Aruba tourists are not allowed to work. So, the "not allowed to work" part ...


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It’s going to be a certificate of regret for quite some time. There is no such thing. Run! You obviously told them you don’t have any close friends or relatives in the UK so very shortly they are going to say ok in that case we can do you that favour. And You then kiss goodbye to your money Just for the sake of completeness you do not need to pay any third ...


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Contrary to the allegations of some other answers here, CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) does not make up rules on the spot. Here is, quite literally, the letter of the law on who's allowed into the US and who's not: INA: ACT 212 - GENERAL CLASSES OF ALIENS INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE VISAS AND INELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION; WAIVERS OF INADMISSIBILLITY The ...


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I'll answer specifically for the UK, implicitly for the EEA because there are intersecting regulations... For reference purposes, the rule at the time this question was asked was... does not intend to produce goods or provide services within the United Kingdom, including the selling of goods or services direct to members of the public; and The rules ...


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I notice in the comments that you're looking for somewhere to sit and work. Apparently, Vienna has a very high concentration of co-working spaces purpose-designed for the sort of thing you're looking to do. From this article: Move over coffee shops! The Viennese have found a better place to work, connect, and stay warm: Austria may be small, but ...[has]....


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Yes. From a visa website (since the original Embassy link is dead, but same content): Question: Can I travel to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program to find a job or attend interviews and then apply for the E-3 visa once I return to Australia? Answer: Yes, you can travel on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) if you meet the requirements (please see our ...


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Do not try this on a tourist visa, immigration will send you back if they find out. This article (in German) describes a similar case: a 20 year old girl wanted to visit her relatives(!) in the US for a few months between school and university to improve her English skills. Prior to the trip, on facebook, she had told her relatives that during her stay, she ...


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This is allowed. Canada is unusual in adopting such a modern approach to the question. The government of Canada has a page discussing the definition of work in the context of work visas, which explicitly lists as an example of an activity that is "not considered to be 'work'" long distance (by telephone or Internet) work done by a temporary ...


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It depends on the route and mobile network coverage (after all the Wi-Fi relies on 4G/5G) as well as, of course, how many people are using it at the same time. There are HSRs that go through mountains and rough terrains with many tunnels, e.g. Sichuan or Fujian/Anhui. Due to the fact that the train often travels very fast (> 300 km/h), the reception and ...


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In the end the group as a whole did not tour the States. However the one with 50,000 followers was invited to join someone else's tour, a plane ticket was bought, paperwork of some kind was done and still he was rejected at the border and not allowed in. Apparently even if you're not being paid, if you're performing in a context where people are paying to ...


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Several countries have "Entertainment" visas, which are are for singers/musicians, actors, and their back-stage crew.


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Yes, you definitely should update your application. Contact UKVI using the link Traveller gave you, with an explanation of what happened. You may possibly be refused a visa, but giving false information on a visa application - intentional or not - can be considered deception and might get you a ban. UK visa authorities can pull up your records and so will ...


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The visa is not specific to a country or purpose, it's valid for all short stays in the Schengen area. It's also perfectly fine to enter the Schengen area through another country (say connect through an airport in France or Germany) if your main destination is Norway. Where things get complicated is that if you don't use the visa for its intended purpose, ...


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It's difficult to give a concrete, sourced answer to this without knowing which country we're talking about. However, in most cases, I wouldn't worry about it if I was you, as long as your main intention is tourism. If you're very keen on being careful, you could contact the embassy of whatever country you're going to visit. But this has the very real ...


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No. You basically trying to work while on a tourist Visa. Getting paid through a third party doesn't change that.


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I was denied a visa by telling I may work remotely while on US, now I realize that I may have phrased this in a way that was too open the first time. Second time I clarified on the application that I worked from home as a freelancer for companies of my country and that these companies only employ local freelancers, and it was approved. I guess that was ...


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Careful, foreigners will have a hard time using public Wi-Fi in China. The problem is the government doesn't want people on the internet anonymously. Wi-Fi typically has an authentication system where you provide your phone number and get a message that lets you sign in. Even if you can read the Chinese the systems I have encountered only accept Chinese ...


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