visiting the Us

Old May 4th 2002, 4:30 am
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Dave Brown
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I was hoping someone could answer some of these questions for me:

When crossing the border is a birth certificate and drivers licence valid
identification,as well as a return ticket.(I will be travelling from Calgary
to Montana)

What is the maximum time one can just visit the US.(6 months?)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.thanks

Dave
 
Old May 4th 2002, 2:30 pm
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Ingo Pakleppa
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On 3 May 2002 15:24:06 -0700, [email protected] (Dave Brown) wrote:

    >I was hoping someone could answer some of these questions for me:
    >
    > When crossing the border is a birth certificate and drivers licence valid
    > identification,as well as a return ticket.(I will be travelling from Calgary to
    > Montana)

You need a passport, and usually also a visa, unless you are a Canadian citizen. As a
Canadian, a Birth Certificate and Driver's license should indeed be enough, although
not recommended (I wouldn't want to use such a precious document as a Birth
Certificate. Losing a passport can be a hassle, but imagine if the BC is stolen!) You
don't need visa if you are a Canadian citizen or from a visa waiver country.

Incidentally, as a US citizen, you must have a passport in order to enter the US (and
as a Canadian, I wouldn't be surprised if Canada also required that).

    > What is the maximum time one can just visit the US.(6 months?)

Again, it depends on your citizenship and when you travel. If you travel today as
either a Canadian citizen or with a tourist visa, you usually will be allowed to stay
for six months. On the other hand, if you are from a visa waiver country, you would
usually be admitted for three months.

All that may change in the next few months; INS proposed regulations that would
restrict most tourists to 30 days. Visa waiver tourists, and I believe also
Canadians, would be excepted from this rule.

Ingo

I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. For reliable advice, please consult
with a professional immigration attorney.

For further information, check the following frequently-requested links.

For many questions, you may find answers at
http://travel.state.gov/visa_services.html (Department of State)

or http://ins.usdoj.gov (INS).

For consular policies and visa reciprocity fees, find your consulate in
http://travel.state.gov/links.html

For visa denial and suggestions what to do about them, see
http://travel.state.gov/visadenials.html

For DOL Online Labor Certification: http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/

For information on affidavit of support for marriage to US citizens (I-864), go to
http://travel.state.gov/i864gen.html and http://travel.state.gov/checklist.html

For information on entering the US as a K-1: http://www.k1poelist.com/

For poverty levels, see http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/poverty/00poverty.htm

For information on H/L/O/P visa extensions at Dept. of State in St. Louis, MO, see
http://travel.state.gov/revals.html

For non-official information, check:

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http://www.visalaw.com http://www.shusterman.com http://www.immigration.com
http://members.aol.com/MDUdall http://www.murthy.com/ http://www.richw.org/dualcit/
(dual citizenship FAQ) http://www.ilw.com http://www.srs-usvisa.com
http://www.getusavisa.com http://greencard-lottery.virtualave.net/
http://www.jcvisa.com (H-1B) http://www.h1bresources.com (marriage and fiancee)
http://www.kamya.com/misc/ (marriage and fiancee)
http://www.mindspring.com/~docsteen/...o/visainfo.htm http://www.workpermit.com

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Old May 4th 2002, 9:00 pm
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Stephen C. Gall
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    > > When crossing the border is a birth certificate and drivers licence valid
    > > identification,as well as a return ticket.(I will be travelling from Calgary to
    > > Montana)
    >
    > You need a passport, and usually also a visa, unless you are a Canadian citizen. As
    > a Canadian, a Birth Certificate and Driver's license should indeed be enough,
    > although not recommended (I wouldn't want to use such a precious document as a
    > Birth Certificate. Losing a passport can be a hassle, but imagine if the BC is
    > stolen!) You don't need visa if you are a Canadian citizen or from a visa waiver
    > country.
    >
    > Incidentally, as a US citizen, you must have a passport in order to enter the US
    > (and as a Canadian, I wouldn't be surprised if Canada also required that).
    >
    > > What is the maximum time one can just visit the US.(6 months?)
    >
    > Again, it depends on your citizenship and when you travel. If you travel today as
    > either a Canadian citizen or with a tourist visa, you usually will be allowed to
    > stay for six months. On the other hand, if you are from a visa waiver country, you
    > would usually be admitted for three months.
    >
    > All that may change in the next few months; INS proposed regulations that would
    > restrict most tourists to 30 days. Visa waiver tourists, and I believe also
    > Canadians, would be excepted from this rule.
    >
    > Ingo

I believe you're correct that in most cases a US citizen must have a passport to
enter the US, but it doesn't apply when re-entering the US from another country in
North or South America (unless that US citizen travelled further abroad than
North/South America after he last departed the US). Technically, a US citizen must
possess a US passport when he leaves the US too (again, not if going further than
North/South America). A passport is the best proof of citizenship and identity, for
this, as you know.

Of course, I'm only expressing this from a US point of view. Most countries in South
America require that US citizens have a passport to gain entry, anyway. But US
citizens can enter Canada, Mexico and most of the Caribbean islands with a BC, so in
theory they should be able to return the same way. Actually, this contributes to the
low percentage of US citizens who hold valid passports. They don't need them unless
they're going further abroad.

As far as I can see, a US citizen can re-enter the US from Canada with a birth
certificate and accompanying photo ID. Although I always use my US passport when I
enter the US from Canada (I'm a dual US/Canadian citizen living in Canada), I've seen
lots of family members return to the US using their BC (even since 9/11). Canada does
not require a US citizen to have a passport to enter for a visit, and the default
entry time granted is six months.

Stephen Gallagher
 

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