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Need a visa medical form signed ASAP!

I need a medical certificate signed by a doctor ASAP so I can apply for a Belgian visa. Where can I do this on short notice in Los Angeles? Complicating details inside. [more inside]
posted by bonifate on Jul 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Suggestions for flexible Japan travel?

Entering the country without an onward ticket, wanting to be flexible. [more inside]
posted by wolfr on Jun 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Young French chef seeks US employment

One of my former English students from Toulouse, France is now attending Anne-Sophie Pic's culinary school and hopes to find a job in the U.S. in a couple of years. He has asked me for advice on how to go about that, avenues he should pursue, the kind of Visa he should get (before or after he finds a job?), so now I'm asking for you--- any advice or personal knowledge for fulfilling this dream of his?
posted by la_rousse on Jun 12, 2014 - 2 answers

USPS lost my passport. What now?

Somehow the USPS has lost my passport, which was mailed from NYC to Boston. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Jun 3, 2014 - 14 answers

F-1 visa issues

Made a mistake in my F-1 visa application. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Apr 29, 2014 - 8 answers

non-standard question about move from nyc to montreal

I currently work in NYC for a large multinational financial services company. I'm in a contract position here, which is due to be renewed in August (which possibly might not be). They've internally offered me a full-time position in Montreal, and I don't know if I should take the offer (which is flat on salary. 110k/yr). I can probably find a similar position in NYC, but it'd be a contract position, and I really like the culture of the company I work for and I guess I'd rather have the job security of a full time position right now... huge snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Apr 2, 2014 - 12 answers

How to study in Canada with an arrest on your record?

My partner and I are moving to Canada to get our PhDs and so we have to apply for study permits (we're US citizens). The application asks if you've been arrested, and my partner has been once. How do we explain the arrest on the application, how do we ensure his study permit isn't denied because of this? Is there anything special we should include? [more inside]
posted by jardinier on Mar 30, 2014 - 8 answers

A parachute for jumping off the Ivory Tower

Another humanities-grad-student-meets-real-life question. Finishing a linguistics Ph.D., have a classics M.A.; my academic job search is drawing a blank, so I'm looking further afield. What are some specific skills I could acquire that would make me more employable, and how do I go about acquiring them? Complications: I'll need visa sponsorship for any kind of employment, and time is a factor. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Mar 17, 2014 - 17 answers

Congress requires SMARTCARD technology to be built into Visa/Mastercards

In a meeting today, I was told that Congress will be requiring Visa/Mastercard and the various banks that provide Magnetic-Stripe debit and credit cards to their customers to upgrade their technology to cards that incorporate SMARTCARD technology, with unique card ID-numbers. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Feb 7, 2014 - 15 answers

Visa agency in Houston, TX for Brazil travel

Recommendations for a visa agency in Houston, Texas (one that's open on weekends) to obtain a tourist visa to travel to Brazil? [more inside]
posted by LLF246 on Feb 1, 2014 - 4 answers

European (German) looking to move to and work in the US

Okay, I'm trying to keep this brief: I am a German citizen who's been toying with the idea of moving to America for a year or two (or more) for a while now and I need help regarding the work permit papers. More details within. [more inside]
posted by mrsh on Jan 21, 2014 - 12 answers

bridging visa blah

How do I get a long-term job in Australia when HR won't get past my bridging visa? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 17, 2014 - 19 answers

How can I turn my Finnish visa into a temporary residence permit?

I'd like to turn my Finnish tourist visa into a temporary residence permit, and I don't know how. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Nov 29, 2013 - 3 answers

How much camera stuff can I take with me to Mexico?

As a tourist, how much photography gear can I take into Mexico without requiring a professional visa? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Nov 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Do I need a work visa to work *remotely* from another country?

Let's say my wife is transferred by her company to work in Thailand, or China, or Australia, or anywhere outside the US. Her company gets me (her husband) a visa to live in said country with her. While in said country, I want to work remotely for a company based in the US, which does not do business in said country. My company is willing to hire me as an independent contractor. Do I need a work visa in said country? I realize this answer will differ from country to country, but I'm curious to see what kind of advice I can get in general on this question.
posted by JPowers on Nov 1, 2013 - 10 answers

How to get schengen visa fast from US with expired H1b visa

Hello All, I'm in a complicated situation and I need some serious help on this one: I'm a Chinese citizen with China passport. And I work in the US on H1b visa. My visa is expired. And my 1-797 is about to expire on 11/23/2013. My company is working on my extension which filed in premium but delayed by government shut down. And this should be all done before 11/23/2013. But I'm planning on an urgent trip to Finland for a couple of weeks to see a friend. And to apply for Schengen visa, I need valid H1b visa. I'm on a tight schedule here, I need the visa ASAP. [more inside]
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Oct 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Is it worth it to leave Moscow (SVO) airport during 17 hr layover?

I will be transiting SVO (Moscow) airport during a round trip from NYC to Bangkok... [more inside]
posted by bunky on Oct 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Getting married in US - we don't want a green card!

I’m a US citizen engaged to non-US citizen. After the marriage, we’re planning to live in his home country, not the US. In other words, he will not be applying for a green card. However, we would like to get married in the US. Our thought was for him to enter the US on a tourist visa, get married, then he’ll return to his home country and I’ll begin the process for applying for the equivalent of a green card in his country. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2013 - 16 answers

Canadian working for a US company from Canada

I am a Canadian citizen and resident. There is a US company that is interested in working with me. They are okay with me working remotely if necessary. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2013 - 1 answer

My documents are trapped in two different embassies.

So I have sent documents (birth certificates and a wedding certificate) to two different embassies in the U.S. that belong to a Middle Eastern Gulf country. One of the embassies is in Houston and the other is in Washington D.C. The documents need to be attested (verified) and then they will be sent to this Middle Eastern nation for additional processing so that my family can receive their residency permits. The documents were Fedex-ed and arrived five weeks ago. I've called both embassies and left messages. Often the email boxes are full. 1) Should I get new copies of all the documents and hire someone to walk them through the attestation process? 2) Is there someone I can hire in the U.S. to fix this problem for me? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Sep 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Expatriating to Asia with a work from home job: how do I get a visa?

I have two fantastic work from home jobs that involve frequent international travel. Both of my employers are U.S. companies and I am a U.S. citizen. I want to continue working, but relocate my base to Asia for a year or two. I'd prefer to live in: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Japan or Bangkok, but am open to other options. I do not want to get a local job, but to keep my current gigs. So, the question is: how can I get permission to stay without a local job? I have plenty of money coming in, but I won't be able to rent an apartment on a tourist visa. What are my visa/immigration options? Any advice for the above listed destinations or other fine cities in Asia, would be much appreciated. I have more than a decade of long-term travel experience in Asia and speak Japanese and basic Vietnamese, FWIW.
posted by dead_ on Sep 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Belgium visa question

Can I leave and re-enter Belgium on this visa? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk on Sep 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Tourist visa extensions in the Schengen area

My family and I would like to spend an extended time (5-6 months or more) in Europe. My wife is a US/Canadian citizen (the rest of us are Dutch citizens), and that seems to present a problem if we want to stay more than 90 days, which is the maximum length of Schengen tourist status. I'm not getting very far trying to figure out if and how that time can be extended. The process seems to vary from country to country. We're pretty flexible about which countries we stay in, so which countries make this relatively easy and cheap? [more inside]
posted by Emanuel on Aug 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Best way to get my girlfriend a Foreign Visa K2 etc?

Me an my girlfriend are planning to get married next year. Right now she is living in Japan. She mentioned to me that a K1 visa is what she will need to stay in the United States once we get married. Does anyone know of any caveats to this visa? Would it be best to hire a lawyer to help us make sure the process goes smoothly? Also, are there any other options for visas that she could potentially get? My idea is to propose to her when she visits me on a 3 month visitor's visa and then get married within that 3 months. Any relevant experiences are welcome. Thanks for you help.
posted by locussst on Aug 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Cross-border marriage - what are the issues?

Due to a series of very bad events, my wife and I have ended up employed in two different countries. We are both American by nationality and university professors by profession, currently employed in the Netherlands. Her new position, for which she is applying for a visa now, is in Scotland. She cannot have her old job back, and I do not have a position in Scotland. So we are both foreigners in the countries in which we are employed, and we are (or, rather, will be soon) employed in two different countries. What are some of the immigration issues we need to consider here? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Aug 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Apostille for a physically damaged diploma

So I need to get an apostille or attestation for a university diploma as a condition for a residency permit for a job overseas. A fedex employee just tore the diploma in half. Is it still legally valid? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Aug 2, 2013 - 36 answers

filing for US greencard (I-130) Advice requested.

I am a US Citizen applying for a greencard for my Chinese wife so she can join me in the US. I am filing the I-130. If anyone has any advice in the process (such as what materials to include alongside the application), I would welcome the advice. Thx, -Matt
posted by earthwalker7 on Aug 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Which is the best credit card-branded gift card?

I'd like to send my sister some money to use while she's traveling, and for practical reasons (I have to mail it, some airlines only take credit cards on board the plane, don't want her carrying around lots of cash), I'd like to send her a pre-paid Visa/Amex/whatever gift card that she can use as a credit card. But I've heard horror stories about them being difficult to use. Is there one that's worth getting? Note that it will be for short-term use, so I'm not too worried about recurring fees; I just want to make sure that she can actually use the card I send her for things like buying food and paying for cabs (assuming she is traveling to a magical land where cabs take credit cards). She's traveling within the US. I have a local grocery store with a huge gift card selection, but also would be OK with buying it online if I can have it shipped quickly.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jul 29, 2013 - 12 answers

How long should it take to process a US fiancé visa after the interview?

A dear friend of mine is getting married to an American, and she has applied for a fiancé visa. She has completed most of the steps required, and has received her immigration interview date - nine days before the date in which she had hoped to get married. Her interview is at the Brussels embassy, and we have no reason to believed that she will be rejected. For anyone who's had experience getting a fiancé visa, what was it like, and does it seem likely from your experience that she will receive the actual visa within nine days, or is it likely that she will need to reschedule?
posted by jlibera on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Lost a ring. Can Visa protections or other insurance help?

Lost a ring. Can Visa protections or other insurance help? Also, is it time to call a hypnotist? Any other ideas? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo on Jul 3, 2013 - 7 answers

What is the legality for a web site to make credit transactions?

In order for any web site to charge one for services or goods, in this case services, what are they legally required to record and produce? I'm having a little trouble wording my exact question so maybe this will help. The web site in question provides phone service for inmates in correctional facilities and in order for one to receive calls from a loved one in the correctional facility you have to set up an account and attach a phone number to it while loading money for the overpriced service... $5 for 15mins. The company charged me a fee of $5 every time I was to load money on the account which did not show the rate for a call per min and also charged me numerous unknown fees. I could not tell why or how much I was charged which was made worse by their not being a way to track credits and charges to the account. When I contacted customer support they also could not account for the charges and would not refund them, refused to refund my visa purchase, and claims to have no way of producing charges and credits to my account. Their customer service is no help and I'm not sure how to handle the situation. [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Jun 9, 2013 - 4 answers

How difficult is it for a US citizen to work in the UK/Europe?

What are the options for a skilled US citizen (advanced background in structural engineering) to get a work visa in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, or Switzerland? [more inside]
posted by pianohands on Jun 6, 2013 - 5 answers

How to disable payWave but keep chip+PIN

My bank just sent me my new Visa debit/EFTPOS/ATM card, and as well as magstripe (want) and contact chip+PIN (want) it has payWave (do not want!). [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on May 16, 2013 - 8 answers

65,000 US visas gone in 4 days?!

Husband and I are applying for jobs at the moment (our contracts expire around end of July). Interviews have gone well, but the guy I was talking to yesterday said he couldn't offer me a position as all the HB1 visas were gone for this year. Apparently they were all allocated within four days of being available! And there were 800,000 applicants for 65,000 places. When would I need to apply/what do I need to do do maximise my chances? Husband can also work on an O1B visa - is that the same process? Have any of you applied for these visas, and if so how did it go/what was your experience like? Does anyone have any tips? Would it be good to hire a lawyer for this or can we do it on our own? TIA for any info/advice.
posted by everydayanewday on May 15, 2013 - 19 answers

Please tell me about the home residence requirements for J-1 visas.

I will move to the US for a post-doc in the fall, and my host university told me they will issue a J-1 visa for me. By default, this kind of visa comes with a "home residence" requirement, which says I have to spend two years in my home country after the visa has expired, before I can apply for another stay in the US. I'm excited to go, but as a scientist in a niche field I'm a bit concerned about locking myself out of the US in the future. Many of the best places for me to seek further employment are in the US and very few are in my home country. Are exceptions ever made and, if so, what does it take? [more inside]
posted by springload on May 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Rules for Russian visa: going someplace else

I have applied for a Russian visa, naming hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Now I might want to visit Nizhny Novgorod, but since it's quite a bit away from Moscow, I'd take a hotel there for a night. Am I allowed to do that? Or would I have had to put it on the visa application, and without it I risk serious trouble?
posted by 2uo on May 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Best way to get a visa to Brazil in time?

Question about how to get a visa to Brazil in time for a trip. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Mar 29, 2013 - 6 answers

What do you use your Visa rewards points for?

I've just recently been alerted to the fact that there's such a thing as reward points on my Visa. I checked into my account for the first time and found out I have about 35,000. I have no idea how to use them. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Mar 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Insurance options for the recently unemployed in Tokyo?

I'm an American living in working in Tokyo, but am planning on moving to the states in a few months. I will leave my current job in a month that is providing insurance and take a month or two off to get my affairs in order. What are my options for insurance after I resign? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Mar 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Speeding up the marriage timeline, need advice

We want to get married, but need to do it much quicker than expected for visa/insurance reasons. How to handle it (snowflakes within)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2013 - 21 answers

Help me live in my own country (USA) with my Canadian wife! AAAH!

I came to Canada on a visa (NAFTA treaty visa, technical writer) and I met the love of my life and married her. I'm the breadwinner in Canada, and I have been since shortly after we moved in together. How on EARTH do I move her home with me??? [more inside]
posted by Jim On Light on Mar 12, 2013 - 36 answers

Can I travel from Canada to USA on a Portuguese passport?

I'm a dual Portuguese - Canadian citizen, living and working in Canada. Can I travel to the USA for a business trip on a Portuguese passport? [more inside]
posted by MiG on Feb 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Germany intern visas

Can / how can a US American get a visa to work a specific paid internship in Germany? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Feb 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Forgot to apply for my Chinese visa, how screwed am I?

I am traveling to Shanghai for two weeks soon (Feb. 20th). In one of my finer moments, I completely forgot about the visa until this weekend. I have all the necessary documents but I need a visa ASAP and the embassy is closed on Monday and Tuesday. I'll be using a visa service since I really have no idea what I'm doing but is it possible to still get my passport back in time for my flight?
posted by Loto on Feb 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Russian tourist visa--health insurance

Traveling to Russia-what kind of medical/health insurance is it that is required for a visa? How can I get it? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Feb 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Scholar trying to get Chinese visa for academic conference on religion

I'm from the U.S. and I've been invited to an academic conference on "Religion in Modern Society" at a university in PRC. I need a visa. [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Is it possible to leave the UK and still apply for leave to settle?

I am hoping to (eventually) settle in the UK permanently, but one of the requirements is worrying me somewhat, and I was hoping someone could clarify under what circumstances it is possible to leave the UK for short periods of time while on a Skilled Worker Visa. [more inside]
posted by kalimac on Jan 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Will Visa cover my rental car collision waiver?

Will Visa cover my rental car collision damage waiver even if it is my wife's card and the rental car is in my name? What is the best way around paying the rental company $20/day for damage waiver but still be covered? Any experience getting Visa to cover damage to rental car? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Jan 9, 2013 - 5 answers

What kind of visa do I need to study and telecommute in the U.K. for three months?

American going to UK for 3 months, in need some immigration help. Any specialists here? Special snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Dec 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Win I win this Powerball jackpot, I'll just pay people to do this stuff for me.

Is a Visa service worth it? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Nov 28, 2012 - 15 answers

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