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Subject: Re: [Norton AntiSpam]Re: New Visa Issues for the US
From: Maria Louise Augusta Helleberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maria Louise Augusta Helleberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 20:46:37 +0100
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Well, last spring I was invited as one of the principal participants of the
Virgin Islands Literary Festival. I have been a US resident for years back
in the 90s. Now I was subject to questioning and probes into the validity
of the invitation. Can it get even worse now?
Maria Helleberg, Denmark

2017-03-11 15:47 GMT+01:00 Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>:

> We have traveled to locations around the world and we have returned to the
> status directly and through Canada.  We have never, at any location we have
> visited, had a bit of problem with customs and immigration--and one person
> in our traveling party in minority.
>
> The two most difficult places we have visited--China and Argentina--both
> require advance clearance which can take some time to accomplish.  However,
> once all the paperwork is in place, we were able to land and walk out of
> the airport without any problems at all.   That included plane travel
> within the countries, as well.  Absolutely no problems encountered.
>
> The questions always seem to be the same:  business or pleasure?  How many
> days?  Is this your final destination?  I have never felt as if I was being
> grilled;  they all seemed like reasonable questions to ask someone who was
> visiting a country which was not their own.
>
> BTW, I have noticed that if you approach the gate guards with an attitude
> of entitlement or seem dismissive, they do give you a harder time.  Just
> saying....
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Donald Levine
> Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 7:18 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [Norton AntiSpam]Re: New Visa Issues for the US
>
> Years ago, after 9-11, I remember a few years later, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
> was really hasselled getting a Visa and also when she landed in the US.
> She was given a hard time, informed the people at Immigration that she was
> a Dame Commander of the British Empire and still had problems.  She was
> giving a concert somewhere out west and informed her audience that she was
> having double thoughts about returning to the US because of the
> difficulties she was receiving.  I'm sure things haven't changed much.  I
> travel a lot, an awful lot and sometimes they treat me like shit and my
> usual response is if they do this to me, a born and bred American, what do
> they do to foreigners.  A few years ago returning from an afternoon in
> Windsor Ontario, I crossed back to Detroit by car and receive a welcome as
> if I was the Lord High Executioner of Al Queda.  What was I doing in Canada
> for four hours?  Who goes there for lunch?  I also had problems when I was
> in Buffalo last year and returning through Niagara Falls, NY, I presented
> my passport to one of the idiots on our side of the border and he asked me
> if I was a US Citizen and where I was born.  The putz had my passport!  So,
> yes, I wonder how foreign artists will be treated.
>
> Donald
>
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