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How to get US visa outside home country?


by @ibobriakov | 6yr  | 6 comments

Hi guys!
Iโ€™m originally from Ukraine and now traveling through SEA.
And I was thinking about potential possibility to apply for US visa in any of South East Asian countries.
Does anyone has successful experience of getting US visa in SEA region?
Or maybe it is not possible and I have to apply from my home country?
(for example, friend of mine from Ukraine tried to apply for South Korean visa in Bangkok, but they refused to do so and asked him to apply for the visa from Ukraine)

Thanks in advance!

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@vi | 3yr

I ended up in the same situation. I thought I can just apply for US visa in any embassy. So Iโ€™m right now in a coworking space in Mexico City, just realized that, on their website, thereโ€™s a small print saying that non-Mexicans and non-residents canโ€™t apply for visa.

I called the US embassy and they told me that I could apply, but thereโ€™s a high chance of me being rejected. I donโ€™t want to throw away $160 for nothing. Does anyone have experiences in applying for US visa in Mexico as a non-Mexican and non-Mexican-resident?

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@ride | 5yr

Even though I hold a passport of a Visa Waiver country, as every normal person, I visited Iran in the last 5 years. So I need a normal visa. Nomads: what ties can you show to your country of citizenship, or any third country from which, albeit with less chance of success, you might try to apply for the visa? I can show them a pile of money on my bank account, but basically thatโ€™s it. Still, do I have a good chance of getting the visa?

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@podviaznikov | 6yr

Hi,
Iโ€™m also from Ukraine. I got US visa twice, one in Serbia and one in Macedonia (and I didnโ€™t have residency in those countries).
As far a I know you can apply in any US embassy. They might say that they donโ€™t like it, but you actually can.

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@evilbilly | 6yr

If you meet the eligibility criteria you should be able to apply for the VISA waiver online for both holiday or business: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

Eligibility rules are here: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/WebHelp/ESTA_Screen-Level_Online_Help_1.htm#vwp3

Was holidaying in the USA for a month back in 2012 and this is the only documentation I did.

From memory, the fine print indicates acceptance of the pre-registration is by no means binding - and they make the final determination at the customs desk as you arrive. We had no problems.

Some tips for the unitiated:

  • Mobile devices/laptops cannot be used in customs area
  • Have printouts of your return flight booking and at least your initial accomodation to avoid questions

Hope this helps :smile:

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@danielfae | 6yr

I am from Colombia so this has been always a problem. Now I live in Norway and I am working remotely for a company in the US.

For a visa you can only apply from your own country or the country where you are residing. Either way, you need to demonstrate that you are resident of the country from where you apply, that means you need to be working or studying in that country or you are there because you have a family.

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@destiny | 6yr

You have to apply in your own country

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Is it easy to renew your tourist visa for 6 months in Colombia?


in Colombia by @julien | 11mo 10 months ago | 1 comment

Hello everyone,
I will come to live in Colombia for one year.
What is the best solution with the Visa?
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I vaguely remember hearing about such a service before, but Iโ€™m drawing a blank on the name. Basically I left my tablet on a connecting flight in Europe, right before my main flight to Thailand. They have my tablet and are willing to ship it out for me, but people have warned me thereโ€™s a big risk of it getting โ€œlost in the mailโ€ if I ship something expensive like that to Thailand.

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How do I ensure that getting refused entry to the UK won't keep me from getting an Australian 462 (work and holiday) visa?


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On New Yearโ€™s Day this year, I was refused entry to the UK due to not having proof of funds, an outward-bound plane ticket (I was road-tripping out with a friend via car) and not being able to prove that I had indeed canceled the lease on the apartment I had leased during a prior recent trip.

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Many thanks in advance! :smiley:

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by @malaclypse | 2yr 1 year ago | 7 comments

My question is about the actual experience of staying outside of major cities, as well as where/how (on this site or elsewhere) to search to find questions and discussions about the same.

Sometimes I like being in the big city, but sometimes I like being away from it. For many people with โ€œregular jobsโ€ you have little choice but to be in a big metro area since thatโ€™s where the jobs are; for me, part of the appeal of considering DN is sometimes being able to work someplace quiet, remote, secluded and beautiful- rather than a concrete jungle.

Iโ€™m curious whoโ€™s actually done stuff like this. Because while it sounds great, I could also imagine all sorts of unpredictable problems that might not be an issue when one is way off the beaten path that wouldnโ€™t come up if one were in a big metro area.

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Getting a Russian Visa while traveling


in Russia by @shaulsolomon | 2yr 2 years ago | 1 comment

I am an English/American currently in Israel, and heading in a week to Georgia/Armenia for two weeks and then want to head to Russia for a week.
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Or perhaps there is another better option that I have available?

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As an American Citizen, would it be safe to fly into Thailand without a visa? You can get a 30 day upon entry right?

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Urgent Advice Needed About Visa to Travel and Stay in Sharm El Sheikh


by @ryanuk | 3yr 3 years ago | 0 comments

Hello Everyone,

I am new to this forum. I thought I would just dive in.

I am travelling with my wife and my young daughter, so as you can imagine it adds a bit more to my planning.

I am looking to stay in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt for a while. I am a Brit, and I need to sanity check some information that I have received.

My initial plan to stay in Sharm was as a British citizen get a multi entry visa which would give me 90 days and take it from there. However, I have been told by someone the following and if it is true it would be the best news for me:

To stay in Egypt you can get a 28 Day Sinai Visa on arrival. So on day 26 I should go to the Visa office in Sharm and I would be granted a 6 month Visa on application. Apparently it is not multiple entry visa, it is for 6 months and you simply renew it a few days before it expires. You can do this twice before you MAY have to leave the country. In other words you can stay a whole year hassle free!

Is this true? I really need to know as this is very important for me.

If anyone knows, or if you know someone who may know, your advice would be really welcome.

Thank you.

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Extending Thai visa immediately after entering possible?


by @gonchs | 3yr 3 years ago | 3 comments

I tried googling this for hours without success.

If I enter Thailand on single entry 60-day visa, can I extend it for +30 days (for a total of 90 days) IMMEDIATELY the next day after the entry?

E.g. entering on Aug 1 and extending it on Aug 2. Have anyone done this?

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Weโ€™re headed to Chiang Mai in July looking at our options for visas and came across this: http://www.cmlocals.com/1-year-ed-visa-hand-to-hand-combat/

Has anyone done it?

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Thoughts and other options are appreciated!

p.s. right now we have a one-way ticket and are wanting to keep our options open to stay longer if we love it (which weโ€™re anticipating)

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After extending a Philippines tourist visa, can you leave the country and come back in on that visa?


in Philippines by @kaizenpreneur | 3yr 3 years ago | 3 comments

Hello,

Iโ€™m in the Philippines currently on a the standard 30 day tourist visa. Iโ€™m planning on spending an extended period of time here with the odd joint here and there around S.E.Asia.

I am aware that you can now extend your visa in 60 day blocks without leaving the country. However, if i were to extend it by 60 days and then decide I want to leave for a few days to another country.

Would exiting the country then null and void that visa and when I return I would start again on the 30-day tourist visa. Or does it allow multi-entry?

Just trying to work out whether it is worth paying for the extension or itโ€™s better to try and fit any trips out within the 30 day periods that I get.

One side point is that I am interested in getting the photo ID card which I believe you get after a couple of extensions which may allow me to open a local bank account.

It would be great to hear from anyone in a similar position as this or who has experience with this.

Thanks in advance

Jon

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What are the nomad hotspots in Eastern Europe (outside Schengen)?

 

by @emondpph | 3yr 3 years ago | 43 comments

Hi everybody,

In august my Schengen tourist visa will be over. I would like to go 3 months in Eastern Europe, but it needs to be outside of the Schengen area. I would have loved to go to Budapest but because itโ€™s Schengen I canโ€™tโ€ฆ

Frankly, I donโ€™t know Eastern Europe that well. What are the best spots for Digital nomad in this region ? Also, I need a cool co-working space, I donโ€™t like working from my house.

Thanks !

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Has anyone registered a company in Japan as a means to acquiring a visa?


in Japan by @kko | 4yr 3 years ago | 1 comment

Iโ€™ve done reading on this topic but wanted to see if anyone actually had experience doing something like this personally. Iโ€™m thinking of setting up a GK (Godo Kaisha), which is equivalent to an LLC, as a branch of my Delaware-registered corporation for my startup, and granting myself a work visa through this new entity so that I can stay in Japan long-term.

Iโ€™m curious about how long the process can take, what the lawyer fees might look like, and what obligations one has post-incorporation. Thanks in advance!

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Best places for local, organic food and strong internet outside of South East Asia?


by @jmacattak | 4yr 3 years ago | 8 comments

Where can I find locally sourced, organic (or at least non-GMO) and also be able to work with strong internet?
I did a search but didnโ€™t find much info. We love Bali and the food here is amazing, we are just looking to try somewhere else out (preferably somewhere in Europe) after a long time in Asia. We also loved the Northern Rivers area in Australia and want to find similar food offerings and compare our options!

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Living in one EU country with a residence from another EU country?


by @robetus | 4yr 3 years ago | 8 comments

I really thought this had already been asked on here but couldnโ€™t find anything specific. Apologies if it has been asked before and a link would be greatly appreciated. Iโ€™m a US citizen and if I have a residence permit for one Western European country that states I only have to live in the country for 6 months out of the year can I live in another European country for the other 6 months. I plan on EU country hoping every other 6 months to avoid becoming a resident of more than one country.

Is anyone doing this now?

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Is a 4G sim device in addition to phone advisable in SE Asia?


by @anderkd | 4yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

Iโ€™m planning a visit to Chiang Mai and Bali starting in April. I have a Google Nexus which has worked flawlessly in Mexico at least. Assuming it will work just as well in CM and Bali? If I decide not to work in a coworking space, but rather Airbnb w/wifi and/or Coffee shops wifi, would a dedicated 4g sim card device be worth spening $75 USD to purchase, plus local sim, plus potential SIM hassle, or just rely on Nexus hotspot + airbnb and coffee shop Wifi?

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Which country is the easiest to get a Self Employed Visa?


by @msurocks99 | 4yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

Dear Digital Nomads,

I am looking for a place where I can get easily a Digital Nomad visa i.e Self Employed VISA

  • Can be any place of the earth, No choice of continents
  • Comparatively decent living costs
  • Less paper work and faster processing
  • Less bank balance requirements, less complicity

Please share with me the locations you prefer for living as a Self- Employed Base. I am from South Asia(Bangladesh), thatโ€™s why Its tough for me to get Visaโ€™s generally for travelling.

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Age-old question... If you live in Thailand, what visa do you have?


in Thailand by @natalie1 | 4yr 3 years ago | 7 comments

Hola, nomads! I am currently living in sleepy Ajijc, Mexico, and love having my easy 6 month tourist visa. However, Iโ€™ve stayed in Chaing Mai before and my heart is pulling me there again. Yet Iโ€™m daunted by the headache of visa runs. Iโ€™m American, so it looks like my options are that I can get a 6 month Multiple Entry visa, which does require me to leave every 60 days.
Does that mean I just cross borders via land and Iโ€™ll be good for another 60 days? The websites Iโ€™ve seen havenโ€™t been very clear.
Also, it looks like you need a minimum of $7,000 USD in the bank to get that visa. I donโ€™t have that, though I could do a cash transfer to my bank account from my credit card for a month to show it. How many bank statements do I need to show thereโ€™s $7,000 in my account?
Also, can I apply for the Multiple Entry from Thailand or only outside of it?
What visas do you use if youโ€™re there longer term?
I also looked into the Student visa, but the school I looked at required 8 hours a week of class. I work too much to do that.
My understanding is that if you are there, you can get a 2 month visa (possibly called the Single Entry visa), then have to fly out and come back from an international airport, and you can get another month, then do an extension for one more, then fly again. Am I correct? If so, that is a lot of traveling and extensionsโ€ฆ
Insight is appreciated!!

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Is it possible to get Schengen Visa out of your home country?


by @andrusha | 4yr 4 years ago | 2 comments

Iโ€™m traveling South Americas for the next couple of months and want to visit friends in EU afterwards, given my Russian passport I have to apply to visa. Is it possible to do outside of my home country?

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