Can I get a drivers license as a tourist in the EU?

Can a non-EU citizen visiting the EU actually go to a driving school and get a driver’s license? Or will the person be required to be a resident/citizen (of the EU)?

I’ve found a similar answer for the US but am still unsure about the EU.

Can my mum sponsor my trip (tourist visa ) uk

I have been refused entry into the Uk twice thus on a tourist visa with my own bank statement.(insufficient funds)and that they doubt the bank account doesn’t reflect my true expenditures ,the question now is can my mum sponsor my trip to the uk on a tourist visa even though I’m above 18 and a student in Ghana

taxes – Asking for tourist tax to be left cash in the accommodation

Travelled in several places in Italy, reservation made either with booking.com or airbnb and the hosts asked us to leave the tourist tax in the apartment before we check out. It’s small, usually 5-10 euros.

But to me this seems like tax evasion and first time I refused to do it and got a very negative review on airbnb. Say you are on a business trip, isn’t it a rule that you should get receipt for everything? how are you going to reimburse that tourist tax?

How should I deal with the situation fairly for both. I don’t want the host to feel cheated, but I also want my invoice so that I feel good that taxes are being paid and not being pocketed by the host?

covid 19 – Extend USA B2 Tourist Visa (for My Mother) stay under COVID19 + Flight ban situation

My Mother (63 yrs) is currently visiting me from India on B2 visa.
Now her I94 is valid till Sept 15 this year (visa is 10 yrs). Due to COVID19 India has flight ban imposed, and till now we dont have dates when the flights are going to resume. So I can see there is an option for requesting stay extension by filing a I539 with documents supported and I131 as I (son) will be her sponsor for stay and all expenses. We are looking for a stay request extension for max couple of months.
Now the questions are –

  1. How long it takes to get a decision (approval or rejection) in such cases ?
  2. What is the best time to file the extension request considering we have still 60+ days till the I94 expire in Sept 15.?
  3. If I file now, and we get rejection of extension of stay (before the current I94 expires), do my mother need to leave immediately or she can stay till the current I94 date (which is Sept 15)?
  4. If we get the rejection after I94 has expired (Sept 15), how many days she will have to leave the country? Does she accrues out of status in this case? and does the B2 visa (10 yrs validity) gets void as well?
  5. Last case – we file extension, we don’t get any decision quickly, but she leaves before getting the decision (approval or rejection, say she leaves at October end). In this case is she good in status, means no out of status and visa void?

Is some remote work now permitted for travelers admitted to the UK on a tourist entry?

Users at Travel:SE have for years accepted the idea that a visitor to the UK may not use a tourist entry to “live” in the UK, and may not work remotely in the UK while visiting. The first issue seems settled, and is not the focus of this question. This question addresses only the second issue: whether a visitor to the UK may work remotely while in the UK.

Previous questions addressing this are legion, a few on Travel.StackExchange are this one and this one ; others on Expatriates.StackExchange are this one and this one. Yesterday, the question My girlfriend lives in the UK and I want to be able to come and leave as I please for next 3 years—which visa should I get? was posted on Travel:SE, and the answers and comments took the usual you-can’t-work-remotely-while-visiting track. No surprises there.

Then user @ZenJ posted an interesting comment. Here’s the comment:

Actually I just found this: Immigration Rules Appendix V: visitor
rules (gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/…) and sections 4.5-4.7
prohibit work in UK for UK company, but allow remote work (at least
how I understand it). In addition, where the applicant is already paid
and employed outside of the UK, they must remain so. Next paragraph
4.7 prohibits payment only from UK sources

The actual Guidance text in Sections 4.5, 4.6, and 4.7 reads as follows:

Prohibited activities

Work

V 4.5 The applicant must not intend to work in the UK, which includes the following:

(a) taking employment in the UK;

(b) doing work for an organisation or business in the UK;

(c) establishing or running a business as a self-employed person;

(d) doing a work placement or internship;

(e) direct selling to the public;

(f) providing goods and services;
unless expressly allowed by the permitted activities in Appendices 3, 4 or 5.

V 4.6 Permitted activities must not amount to the applicant taking
employment, or doing work which amounts to them filling a role or
providing short-term cover for a role within a UK based
organisation. In addition, where the applicant is already paid and
employed outside of the UK, they must remain so. Payment may only be
allowed in specific circumstances set out in V 4.7.

Payment V 4.7 The applicant must not receive payment from a UK source
for any activities undertaken in the UK, except for the following:

(a) reasonable expenses to cover the cost of their travel and subsistence,
including fees for directors attending board-level meetings; or

(b) prize money; or

(c) billing a UK client for their time in the UK,
where the applicant’s overseas employer is contracted to provide
services to a UK company, and the majority of the contract work is
carried out overseas. Payment must be lower than the amount of the
applicant’s salary; or

(d) multi-national companies who, for
administrative reasons, handle payment of their employees’ salaries
from the UK; or

(e) where the applicant is engaged in Permitted Paid
Engagements (PPE) as listed at Appendix 4, provided the applicant
holds a visa or leave to enter as a PPE visitor; or

(f) paid performances at a permit free festival as listed in Appendix 5.

I’m a retired lawyer in the US, and familiar with reading statutes and rules. While the See All Updates link shows the Guidance’s amendment history, its format is unfamiliar to me and hard to read. This text, however, seems to have been in place for at least a year.

The text in these three sections seems to contradicts the common knowledge we’ve shared here for years. § 4.5 contains work prohibitions, but it’s not difficult to define remote work that would not foul them. For example, a traveler employed by a non-UK firm, which firm doesn’t have a presence in the UK, sell product in the UK, or meet clients in the UK, appears to escape this section’s prohibitions.

§ 4.6 is more of the same, and even contains this tidbit:

In addition, where the applicant is already paid and employed outside
of the UK, they must remain so.

§ 4.7 simply prohibits payment from UK sources.

All told, this looks like remote work is permitted on a tourist entry, provided the remote work doesn’t violate any of the no-nos set forth in these three sections.

For another example, consider a foreign academic, normally resident in a home country and not in the UK, employed by a home country institution in the home country, and paid in home-country currency by that non-UK institution into a home-country bank account. It appears that this individual could work remotely while a visitor in the UK without violating any of these prohibitions, provided the work consisted only (for example) of leading online classes of students who themselves all remain in the home country.

Thus, my question: Is some remote work now permitted for travelers admitted to the UK on a tourist entry?

usa – Canadian tourist visa refused because of travel history and personal assets

I am from the Republic of Georgia.

I have a visa refusal from the US Embassy and I included this information in my Canadian visa application. In my Canadian refusal letter, only two sections were marked.

The first one was personal assets; at the time, my travel was suponsored by my father. Now, a lot of things have changed and I have a house, cars and a big company that trades natural methane/ethane gas to different, smaller organizations. I own 50% share of the company.

The second marked section was travel history. I had never been to China, Iran nor any Arabian countries; I had only included refusal information from the US Embassy; this must be the reason for refusal.

This year, I intend to re-apply for a Canadian tourist visa to vacation in August after visiting two European countries.

How do I overcome these refusal problems?

Lately, I have been to Cuba and some Scandinavian countries. I am planning to visit more European countries since Georgian Citizens are no longer required to have a visa to visit Schengen countries.

USA visa refusals (2010, 2012)
Canada visa refusal (2014)

UK tourist visa is expiring, but I can’t use it because of Covid-19

I am from Nigeria. I got my UK tourist visa in February, but am unable to travel yet due to restrictions from Nigeria to UK. My visa will expire in August.

What will happen if the restriction is still in place and my visa expires before I can use it?

usa – My Canadian tourist visa got refused because of travel history and personal assets

I am from the Republic of Georgia.

I have a visa refusal from the US Embassy and I included this information in my Canadian visa application. In my Canadian refusal letter, only two sections were marked.

The first one was personal assets; at the time, my travel was suponsored by my father. Now, a lot of things have changed and I have a house, cars and a big company that trades natural methane/ethane gas to different, smaller organizations. I own 50% share of the company.

The second marked section was travel history. I had never been to China, Iran nor any Arabian countries; I had only included refusal information from the US Embassy; this must be the reason for refusal.

This year, I intend to re-apply for a Canadian tourist visa to vacation in August after visiting two European countries.

How do I overcome these refusal problems?

Lately, I have been to Cuba and some Scandinavian countries. I am planning to visit more European countries since Georgian Citizens are no longer required to have a visa to visit Schengen countries.

USA visa refusals (2010, 2012)
Canada visa refusal (2014)

legal – How can a tourist obtain an ‘authentic’ duelling scar?

The short answer is: you can’t.

As an “honorary” member of a Burschenschaft, I fought two duels in Freiburg in 1988, leaving me with a prominent Schmiss on my right cheek (11 stitches) and a small one (one stitch) that probably wont be noticeable even if and when I go bald. I’ve probably witnessed over 100 duels. Though a lot of time has passed since I did this, I suspect things haven’t changed very much.

Here’s what you would need to do to even have the opportunity to get a duelling scar:

  1. Join a duelling fraternity, or Schlagende Verbindung. Though I would later be offered full membership, I was able to become an “honorary” member of a Burschenschaft by virtue of a German great-great-grandmother (and because my father knew a German Navy officer who was an alumnus). A Burschenschaft is typically not going to admit you if you’re not German. For the Burschenschaft that I belonged, you had to have completed your Wehrdienst, or compulsory military service – those who chose non-military service (at a hospital or rest home, etc) could not join. So you’d need to find a Landsmannschaft or some other duelling organization that would let you join. Most Verbindungen are NOT of the duelling type. You have to be a student at the university in order to join, but foreigners are more welcome in the Landsmannschaft and Corps organizations.

  2. After joining, you would need to do a lot of training before you would be approved for a duel. Its all about correct form and style – the objective is actually NOT to slice open the other guy (nor is it to get hit yourself !!) – and maintaining it no matter what happens during the duel. Typically you’ll have your “basic” duel (“Fuchs Partei”) in which only basic strikes are allowed; the “Burschen Partei” is the second type of duel, in which nifty things like horizontal blows are allowed. Training for this kind of duel typically takes a year.

  3. In a basic duel, often no blood is even drawn – and because the strikes must come only from above (in Freiburg – other universities can differ in their protocol), even if you are hit, the scar likely wont be visible afterwards. Its not until the advanced class of duels that things get interesting – the cheeks and foreheads (and top of the ears) are vulnerable to horizontal blows, which are much more difficult to defend against. Now, I’m sure someone, somewhere, at some point, actually WANTED to get hit during a duel. However, you’re OBLIGATED to perform at your best, so willfully allowing your guard down in order to receive a sharp hit would be an egregious breach of protocol. But by the time you’ve prepared for an advanced duel, your training simply kicks in – there’s no time to think about your reactions because of the extremely fast alternation of strikes.

  4. As with every endeavor in life, people will have different skill levels. So opponents are carefully chosen by a council of representatives from different Verbindungen (you never duel someone from your own) and you will face someone the same height, speed, and strength. You don’t get to choose your opponent, and you don’t go around challenging others to duels any longer. Duels are carefully arranged and there is no antagonism between opponents.

Let me comment on a few other topics in the OP :

Duels are categorically NOT public events, and instead take place inside a Verbindungshaus, in a large room that can accommodate the duellists, their seconds, the guy who cleans off your sword after each round, the doctors, and many observers. Attendance will be restricted to only those from other local duelling organizations – recognizable by the unique color band you wear across your chest as well as your matching hat. If you’re not from a Schlagende Verbindung, wearing your colors (and a jacket and tie), you won’t be allowed in. Period.

There are no publicly announced duels.

Duels are not fought with sabres any longer (sabres have curved blades) but with straight blades of varying weights about 1m long. Only the tip and about a third of the blade is sharpened, on both sides. Its entirely possible to hit someone with the flat part of the blade, which actually hurts more than getting hit with the sharp part. A blade (“Klinge”) is used for only one duel.

“I’m aware that I could go to a doctor or even do it myself….but this would not be authentic…”

You are correct. (Hmmm)

“Protective gear in modern times is nowhere near as baroque…”

Actually, Mark Twain’s description is pretty spot-on – though most serious duelling groups will have made an investment in chainmail vest ($$$), which gives a lot more freedom of movement than conventional old leather. Also its easier to clean the blood off.

The “iron goggles that project an inch or more” nowadays have a nose protector that can be attached, but otherwise probably look the same as when Mr. Twain described them. A leather strap holds the goggles to your head, and its cinched very tight to prevent a blade from taking out an eye. The neck is protected by a heavy leather collar also cinched very tight. Upper body is protected by thick leather and sometimes chain mail over that. Striking arm is protected by thick leather padding.

The top of the head and the cheeks are left unprotected – these are the target zones.

There is no lunging around. Opponents stand one blade length from each other and only the striking arm is allowed to move. You cannot move your upper body or head at all. The worst thing you can do is to try and duck a blow – you’re automatically disqualified if you do that. It’s not good.

Getting hit doesn’t hurt. Getting sewed up without anesthetic does. Forget painkillers since they would make you too slow. You aren’t even supposed to drink 24 hours before the duel and if you get solidly hit, you’ll only be allowed a couple of cold ones after the duel.

“most often and counter intuitively the left side…”

Actually, think about that for a moment; it makes perfect sense – a right-handed opponent will strike most of their horizontal blows to their opponent’s left side. A wound on the right side is normally the result of two lefties duelling.

“how would a tourist go about arranging an authentic duelling scar…”

You just can’t. And three months would be way too fast even for a member of a duelling Verbindung – in Freiburg people would practice for most of the year before their basic duel, and then would work a couple more months on horizontal strikes before being pronounced ready for an advanced duel (I gained some notoriety back then as the only American who had fought two duels as well as the fastest time between basic and advanced – 2 weeks)

And remember, not every duel results in a scar!

(Although I suppose you could pay someone to hit you in the face with a duelling blade)

Ironically, this Italian documentary film from the sixties is still the best I’ve found. Skip ahead to 2:30 for the duel portion.

visas – Does applying for the Diversity Green Card lottery affect future tourist visits to the US, if you don’t win?

I was born in Albania. If I apply for a Green Card (through the Green Card lottery) and was unsuccessful, would I have issues later if I just wanted to travel to the US as a tourist? Could I be refused entry if they thought I would stay there indefinitely because of the unsuccessful green card visa? I wouldn’t, I’ve got a pretty comfortable life in the UK working as a software dev, but always wanted to work in Silicon Valley.

I visited America once for a few weeks (on an ESTA) and enjoyed it a lot. It would be a shame to not be able to go there as a tourist again.