Skip to main content

View Diary: Border Agent Saves US from Volunteer Ski Coach (255 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Unfortunately, that is the law (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mattman, javelina, Jagger

    Non-citizen spouses are not allowed to visit their US citizen spouse; they only have the option of applying for a Green Card (and in some cases waiting six years).

    Sometimes, Border Patrol reverse-discriminates for Europeans and admits them anyway. Non-Europeans basically would always experience what the British lady in this case experienced.

    Army 1st Lt. Ehren T. Watada, Lt. Cdr USN Matthew Diaz, SPC Eli Israel: true American heroes.

    by sdgeek on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 07:53:34 AM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  Visa waiver (5+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      mattman, mmacdDE, javelina, Spoc42, kyril

      Any citizen of an EU country has, or had until very reciently, a visa waiver for three months in the USA. SAme for Americans in Europe in the EU, you just need your passport no visa.

      •  Visa waiver is still in effect (4+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        javelina, Iberian, kurt, Cassandra Waites

        EU citizens from all of the older states can visit the US at any time without a visa for up to three months--BUT not if you will do anything that they regard as work or study, and you have to have a return ticket. An arrest record can also bar you, including for things that are considered very minor under EU law.
        The UK is actually getting quite horrible in this regard also. I have managed to avoid ever giving any biometric information other than a thumbprint to anyone ever; my daughter had to have an iris scan and full fingerprint check plus an interview--and spend a LOT of money--to come visit us this year, as she had been refused entry previously. She never actually tried to leave the US, she had simply applied to join us in the UK to live and the UK said no by refusing to give her the kind of visa she needed.
        I would spend any amount to get her over here permanantly but they keep tightening up the rules even more.

        "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." -- Oscar Wilde

        by expatyank on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 10:23:58 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          kurt

          My friend's sister is still trying to get into the UK to be with her husband two years after their wedding. They made it to Heathrow, he went through, she was going through customs. The guy at customs saw her husband waiting for her, asked her if she knew him (husband), she said yes, the customs guy went to speak to her husband, came back and started yelling at her, saying she lied to him and didn't tell him that the man was her spouse. They walked her to a US-bound plane and told her she wouldn't be welcomed back to England. They wouldn't let her take her carryon luggage, which had her purse in it, which had her inhaler. They've gone through both consulates on both sides of the pond, but nothing has come about.

          •  That would be totally unlawful in Germany. (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            kurt

            Regulations say that you should get a (family) visa to join your German husband/wife. But in case of a few countries, including the USA, even that´s not necessary. An American citizen married to a German citizen could come to Germany using a tourist visa and start the proceedings here.
            Hopefully with all the legal documents available. :)

            •  Didn't Germany severely curtail family visas? (0+ / 0-)

              I thought that Familienzusammenfuehrung was very restricted nowadays.

              Army 1st Lt. Ehren T. Watada, Lt. Cdr USN Matthew Diaz, SPC Eli Israel: true American heroes.

              by sdgeek on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 02:59:01 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

        •  Part of it might be EU regulations. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          kurt

          I´ve read that the UK - despite opting out of some EU regulations - tends to enforce the ones adopted even more rigidly than some "Old European" countries.

          IIRC the EU made it a lot harder for adult (over 18) "foreign" children to live with their parents in the EU.
          In Germany it´s a discretionary decision of the local authorities. They can agree but don´t have to. Though I imagine they might be more favorable to an American than to a Turkish citizen.

          That said, I don´t quite see us adopting that kind of checks you´re describing just for a simple family visit.
          Iris scan, full fingerprints plus an interview?
          And they call us Germans bureaucratic?

          •  Germany was among the first, actually (0+ / 0-)

            The German passports had the biometrics chip before American passports did.

            Army 1st Lt. Ehren T. Watada, Lt. Cdr USN Matthew Diaz, SPC Eli Israel: true American heroes.

            by sdgeek on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 02:59:46 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  Getting an over-18 relative into the UK (0+ / 0-)

            is an effing nightmare. tried it four years ago and failed miserably,with results that could have been tragic. Even with our MP calling the Home Office on our behalf, help from a sympathetic HO insider, and all our paperwork ducks in a row.
            Visits may be a problem in future as well, they have recently floated a proposal that any non-EU family visitors would have to have a £1000 (app. $2000) bond posted to guarantee their exit.

            "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." -- Oscar Wilde

            by expatyank on Tue Mar 04, 2008 at 05:20:24 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  Visa waiver does not apply (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        kurt

        Visa waivers are only available for tourists and for business visitors.

        Spouses of US citizens are deemed to be intending immigrants, the presumption is that they will remain in the USA with their family. That is why they are usually unable to come to teh USA as tourists.

        Army 1st Lt. Ehren T. Watada, Lt. Cdr USN Matthew Diaz, SPC Eli Israel: true American heroes.

        by sdgeek on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 01:03:39 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Interesting. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          kurt

          According to German regulations spouses of German citizens face much the same hurdles.
          Except for citizens of a few countries including the USA. (Not counting EU citizens of course.)
          If German federal government websites are to be believed, US spouses can enter Germany on a tourist visa and start proceedings here.

          •  Chilean citizens, too (0+ / 0-)

            Germany is much more lenient towards intending immigrants, in part because actually immigration to Germany is so difficult as to be nearly impossible anyway. So they are not too concerned about tourists trying to use that as a jumping-off point and bypassing the regular procedures at the consulate.

            Army 1st Lt. Ehren T. Watada, Lt. Cdr USN Matthew Diaz, SPC Eli Israel: true American heroes.

            by sdgeek on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 02:57:42 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

        •  Well (0+ / 0-)

          You have the alien fiance visa or if you are married you must be working of the paper work to obtain your permanent residency, a period in which travel out of the country is nearly forbidden (long as period with the present delays in ICE) and can apply for expensive valid for one time travel permits.

          In any case the spouse of a citizen can still use the visa waiver meanwhile it does not work or overstay. In the border with the visa waiver if you say travel purposes tourism no one will normally stop you, I don't know what happens if you say "to meet my spouse".

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site