I always assumed that, when making a connecting flight in an international airport, I was under international jurisdiction - the logic being that I clearly haven't 'entered' the airport's host country (haven't got a visa/filled out a landing form/whatever). My personal experience and now recent events
suggest otherwise, so what are the rules about this, and do they vary from country to country? [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker
on Jul 19, 2006 -
A friend is considering participating in a paper-marriage-for-money to permit a stranger to remain in the U.S. The amount of money in question is not trivial and said friend is quite excited. I'm inclined to object, but need better grounds. What are the practical, legal, and philosophical issues involved in this? Any real-life stories?
posted by Tubes
on Jun 26, 2006 -
I am an American citizen; my fiance is a British citizen. He is here in America right now as a tourist and will return to Britain in about 10 days. I'm sure I want to marry him and he's sure he wants to live here. Would it be better to marry him now and have him immigrate as a spouse (K3 or CR1?), or to bring him in on a K1 fiance visa? [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller
on Jun 20, 2006 -
Can someone refer me to an immigration lawyer in CA? I'm trying to find out if applying for a Green Card is the only way to go about trying to secure permanent residency in the US. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind
on Jun 11, 2006 -
I was wondering if it is better to mail in your application for American citizenship, or e-filing. Does anyone have experience with e-filing?
posted by ishmael
on Jun 3, 2006 -
How do I teach 10 or so Indonesian academics and postgraduate students how to "ace" their US Embassy visa interviews and "prep" for life in the US? Personal experiences with the US immigration process? What are some interview strategies you can pass on to my students? [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Jun 2, 2006 -
Canadian Visa Questions: How can a USA citizen who is engaged to a Canadian citizen live for around a year in Canada prior to the marriage? [more inside]
posted by Inkoate
on Jun 2, 2006 -
Quick question: I plan on moving to England for an indefinite but legal period of time, do I need a round-trip ticket to get clearance into the country? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on May 31, 2006 -
Can a non-Canadian man donate sperm to a Canadian lesbian couple and use that child as justification to apply for immigration? Furthermore, once his immigration goes through, can the non-carrying lesbian adopt the child and be a legal parent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 15, 2006 -
What specific laws are illegal immigrants breaking while being here illegally? What laws are broken if they hop the border, and what laws are broken if they over-stay a visa? Are violating these laws crimes, or civil infractions? Are there any state laws on immigration violations? [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton
on Apr 3, 2006 -
On my sister's behalf: What is the best chance for my husband (and therefore me) to immigrate to B.C.? He is 53 (not good according to the Canadian point system), and has a great offer of work from a friend in Victoria who is a designer/builder of homes. My husband would be hired as a foreman, as he's a highly skilled and experienced carpenter, and is capable of managing and training crews. His formal education doesn't go beyond high school, his English language skills are good (but not his French), he has no criminal record, and he's in very good health. [more inside]
posted by bricoleur
on Feb 22, 2006 -
ImmigrationFilter: my good friend is in a serious same-sex romantic relationship with a Bolivian man. They've been a couple for several years, and they would marry if it was possible. They would like to live together as a couple in the US. If they were heterosexuals, they would have wed by now. Since gay marriage isn't exactly recognized by the feds/Immigration & Customs Enforcement, can you help these lovebirds make their nest? [more inside]
posted by evariste
on Feb 7, 2006 -
Some friends arrived from overseas yesterday, but didn't clear customs and are being deported tomorrow. Do we have any rights or options in this situation? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky
on Feb 4, 2006 -
What countries are most likely to take in an Arab Muslim family whose husband is being kicked out of the US for political reasons? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God
on Feb 2, 2006 -
Will applying for a new TN Visa (I-94) cause any problems with if currently filing for a green card? [more inside]
posted by neilkod
on Dec 8, 2005 -
When people who have worked all or most of their lives in a country in which they are not a citizen - I'm thinking of European countries like Switzerland
that have very restrictive citizenship rules - are they typically eligible for government retirement benefits and state health care?
posted by bonecrusher
on Dec 1, 2005 -
My fiancée and I are travelling to her country this Christmas to visit some friends and her family. I am a US citizen and she is Moldovan. She is a grad student at my university here in the US. As she is from a non-EU Eastern European country, there is a chance that she may not be allowed entry into the country due to some technicalities, even though she will have received another valid F1 visa. If she is denied entry in the airport, what can I do? Am I allowed to see her, arrange for her flight home or contact a lawyer before they force her out? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai
on Nov 29, 2005 -
i have a cousin who immigrated from the philippines and wants to accomplish the following: 1) change her visa status and 2) to be certified as a teacher of special education or elementary education in NY or NJ. she's thinking of spending quite a bit of money on the services of PSIT
to facilitate the process but i am looking for alternatives. can anyone help with reputable alternatives or an effective program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 24, 2005 -
I'm a Canadian looking to move (and work) in the USA. Not necessarily forever, but more than the three months a tourist visa allows. I've got a 2 year college degree and 8 yrs experience in IT. Where do I start to figure out how to do it? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle
on Aug 3, 2005 -
Seeking advice from US citizens who have married foreigners who happened to be illegal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 14, 2005 -
What are the biggest differences between other developed countries and the United States in terms of their immigration policies? If I remember right, the US lets in about 1 million people or so a year (legally), most through family reunificiation, some through a lottery,business opportunities, refugee programs or other means.
Ive often wondered how other developed countries, such as those in the EU or Australia handle their immigration policies - more or less open?
Ive never been able to find a solid nonideological guide to different countries policies, so some pointers would be great!
posted by jare2003
on Jul 12, 2005 -
Immigrating to a nice, developed anglophone country in the northern hemisphere has been a long-time dream of mine. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho
on Jul 5, 2005 -
I just got back from Texas with a day trip to Mexico. When coming back from Mexico but a few miles on 100 North IIRC inside the US border, we ran across a border patrol where I, the driver, was asked if the border patrol people could take a look inside the van. I said yes because I knew weren't hiding anything, but I'm guessing it was because we had a few Hispanics with us and a whole lot of luggage to hide people/stuff. Now, I've always heard one doesn't have to consent to allowing a search of the car, so I'm curious if I have said no to letting the border patrol look inside my car? What would have happened if I said no?
posted by jmd82
on Jun 27, 2005 -
How difficult would it be for a nineteen year old with one year of college, moderate work experience, a TEFL certificate and little to no European language ability to get a temporary work visa in the EU? I'm thinking Germany, specifically. I've checked out this thread
, but that seems to pertain mostly to becomig a citizen. I'm not looking to become naturalized or anything (though that would be nice), just find a menial job to support myself for six months or less. Note: I'm willing to accept "impossible" as an answer.
posted by borkingchikapa
on May 18, 2005 -
In this post
, we decided only people with rare skills can get work visas. This has me wondering, how does the stereotypical immigrant taxi driver
/office cleaner/etc get one? Or are they just a stereotype?
posted by cillit bang
on May 14, 2005 -
A friend of mine wants to become a permanent resident of the US, and get a job in finance. [more inside]
posted by mosch
on Apr 26, 2005 -
Okay, so it's been nearly 9 months since I saw my wife and we are still trying to sort out the visa and the work permit for her to come to England... [more inside]
posted by longbaugh
on Apr 19, 2005 -
I have a friend who lives in Canada while her boyfriend is just finishing up a psychology degree in England. He wants to move to Canada in the summer but there is the problem of not being able to get a job as a UK citizen. What are the requirements for British citizens to be able to work and live in Canada for an extended period of time (say several years at least)? They are not willing to get married yet. Any advice or previous experiences would be extremely helpful!
posted by degnarra
on Mar 11, 2005 -
My fiancée is Filipina, I'm an American citizen. Currently we're working on entry visas and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske
on Feb 20, 2005 -
French Citizenship or Residence
I am a United States citizen who is looking to move to France. I am currently living in the Republic of Ireland but I am finding it harder and harder to maintain legal residence (even though, my mother is remarried to an Irishman and my ancestry is Irish) It seems you either have to be offered a contract for employment or be a student to stay here. I HEARD that requirements for French citizenship or permanent residence were more lenient. Does anyone have any information on this. I am NOT "highly skilled" in the slightest, unless you consider fixing PCs and Macs a skill.
posted by Livewire Confusion
on Feb 5, 2005 -
Does anyone know of any good resources about the history and current state of Asians who immigrated to Latin American Countries? I know there is a significant population of Japanese in Brazil (1 million), and that significant numbers of Chinese were imported as cheap labor into Panama and other countries. Does anyone know of good websites or books or other resources? I'd be interested in learning more about this. I came across this here
but haven't had much other luck turning up stuff.
posted by jare2003
on Jan 20, 2005 -
How do I find a European to marry? I am a well educated 35 year old woman. I want to move to Europe and become an EU citizen. The country doesn't matter.
posted by Stylistique
on Jan 19, 2005 -
I would like to help a very talented friend to get a scholarship to study graphic design (postgrad) in Europe or the US.
She lives in an Arab country, which in my naive opinion could work for her advantage (with all the bridge-building that should be going on right now). From Google I got dozens of graphic design schools to which apparently she would have to apply, get accepted and then apply for a scholarship. Does anybody have some personal/anecdotal knowledge that could help her? Schools with better chance of offering her a full scholarship or some relevant EU program maybe. Thanks [more inside]
posted by golo
on Jan 12, 2005 -
got me to thinking: Could a gay person/couple from the US seek asylum in another country (Canada, Sweden, etc) due to persecution/lack of civil liberties/some other reason?
posted by j
on Dec 9, 2004 -
UK immigration: My cousin (an American) is investigating ways that she can become a permanent resident or citizen of the United Kingdom. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley
on Oct 26, 2004 -
: A friend of mine from the Philippines wants to get a US entry visa (B2). The paperwork isn't entirely byzantine, but she's fairly intemidated by the interview process. Can any non-American, non-visa-waivered Mefites provide some insight on the process?
posted by nathan_teske
on Aug 15, 2004 -