australia – Australian Visa date – confused arrival date

I got a Visa of 18 months for Australia I have but, visa dates are confusing me as it says:

Granting date is 07 February 2020 ;

First arrival by 07 August 2020 ;

Must not arrive after 07 August 2020.

And in the note, it is shown as the visa of 18 months starts calculated from the date of the first arrival.

My questions are,

  1. From beginning what date my visa starts for 18 months?
  2. As in the note of the visa, it is said that the visa of 18 months would start after the first arrival in the country, but would it be calculated for 18 months after my arrival date 07 August 2020?

customs and immigration – Is Schengen National Visa type D is same as Resident Permit?

I am stranded in my home country (India) and trying to go back to my work place in Poland. I have long term National Visa Type D along with work permit. Most of the rules given on Airline and Embassy websites says people with permanent or temporary Resident Permit are allowed to board the flights or enter the Schengen area.

Is National Visa type D considered as resident permit or not?

I know there are dedicated resident permits which we have to apply (like Karta Pobytu in Poland). However, I am confused with this condition. I have contacted Airlines, they said ONLY resident permit holders are allowed. Polish border guards say Resident Permit or Work Permit holders are allowed.

… the foreigners possessing a right to work on the territory of the Republic of Poland i.e. the foreigners entitled to work on the same grounds as Polish citizens, the foreigners possessing work permits, work permits for a seasonal work …. are able to present documents which confirms that they will start work shortly after entry to Poland,….

But none of them confirmed or denied whether I will be allowed. Can anyone help me with this matter?

Just an extra information, I have already applied for temporary resident permit (Karta Pobytu) last year which is already approved last month (I have scanned decision letter). However, to get the card, I have to personally go to their office in Poland and provide my fingerprints.

passports – Why does multiple entry visa take longer to process than single entry visa?

Generally, long term visas and multi-entry visas do receive greater scrutiny, as the country would need to assess not only your trustworthiness for one trip but also the future ones. A multi-entry visa also requires additional justification.

In particular, I believe in general Indonesia requires a specific purpose and an Indonesian sponsor for multi-entry visas, which is an additional check that needs to be performed. The checking of sponsors can be better done in Indonesia than by representations abroad.

Canada tourism visa – any chance for me?

I live in Morocco and I have been in Europe 3 times as a tourist. I have been thinking to visit Canada for a short tour of one week or 10 days but my bank I have only 6415.69 Euro I’m not married is there any chance to apply for a visa for Canada?

paperwork – Refused Schengen visa with new passport

I was refused a tourist Schengen visa at the Netherlands consulate in January 2019 as a businessman. My passport got stolen so, later on, I got a new passport and I applied for a business visa at France consulate in May 2019 which was also refused though I stated in my application that am employed and also a businessman. How do I write my cover letter for a tourist Schengen visa at Holland consulate in my next application?

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?

usa – Can you apply for UK Tier IV visa from outside your home country?

I’m trying to apply for a UK tier IV visa to start on a PhD course starting in October. While the UKVI office is taking applications, there are no visa application centers open (or any date given to reopen) in the US to collect biometric data. So, I have two questions:

  1. Can the visa office use previous biometric data for a new residence card?
  2. Is it possible to apply for a Tier IV visa outside of your home country while on a visitor visa to another country?

usa – Do I need a Visa or Passport to Visit the Caymans?

US Citizens don’t need a visa and can enter without a passport provided they can show an original or notarised birth certificate to prove their citizenship, and that they have a return or through ticket to a country that will accept them. (Source)

Whilst it might be technically possible to fly without a passport, returning to the US with just a birth certificate might lead to delays at US immigration.

A passport is the way to go.

untagged – Help with getting Spousal visa without Fiance Visa?

Unfortunately, you cannot get married while visiting the UK unless you hold a Marriage Visitor Visa, which is inappropriate for your partner, since she intends to live in the UK after marriage. The guidance from UKVI states:

All visitors who intend to enter the UK to marry or enter into a civil partnership or give notice of an intention to marry or form a civil partnership, must have a valid marriage/civil partnership visit visa.

Now, arguably your partner did not intend to marry when she entered the UK, but may say that she had to change her plans due to the pandemic. However, UKVI’s position will likely be that it will be possible for your partner to return home at the end of her exceptionally extended stay, so she should follow the normal procedure of either applying for a fiancée visa, or marrying outside the UK and applying for a family visa as a spouse.

If you decide to give notice anyway, note that as your partner is a non-EEA foreigner, she is required to give extended notice of intention to marry of 28 days. The Home Office can extend this period to 70 days for an investigation in the event that they suspect a sham marriage. Giving notice without an appropriate visa is one factor used by the Home Office to identify possible sham marriages, and those which warrant the extended notice period. This period would leave your partner not enough time to get married before she had to leave anyway.

usa – Will a B1/B2 Visa Refusal affect ESTA?

The best answer anyone will be able to give you is ‘maybe’, as it will depend a lot on the exact situations – and in particular the reason that your visa was refused.

The US is often relatively strict when it comes to giving B1/B2 visas to people from VWP-eligible countries, and generally will require them to provide a suitable reason why they would not be able to enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program and thus require a visa to be issued. If you do not have a suitable reason for a visa then you will be found ineligible under section 214(b).

Section 214(b) will also be used if the consular staff believe that you were likely to stay in the US longer than you were allowed, planning/likely to work whilst in the US, or
likely to break any of the other conditions of the visa. With the information you’ve given it’s not possible to know which of these reasons caused the rejection.

Your best option at this stage is to apply for an ESTA, and CORRECTLY answer the question about having been refused a visa. Based on the actual reason for your visa refusal, your ESTA may or may not be approved. You may find that your ESTA takes longer than normal to be approved/rejected, as it will likely need to be manually processed.

If your ESTA is refused then you have no option but to re-attempt applying for a visa, or give up on your plans to visit the US at this time.

If your ESTA is approved then it’s likely you will have no problems when entering the US, although it is possible that the immigration staff will ask you some additional questions based on the reason for your prior refusal. Again, this will depend on the exact reason for your visa refusal, and any notes that the consular staff made on your record about that refusal.