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Old 11-05-2011, 04:54 PM
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Default Cruise while on AP

I and my wife are on EAD with AP expiring in Feb 2012. Both my kids are US citizens.
We are planning to take a 7 Night Norwegian Cruise to Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Island & Mexico. I called the Cruise line and the Costco travel agents but they were not able to provide any help with weather I need a visa or not.

I know my kids won't need a visa for any of the countries we are visiting.

Researched on Google and found this website

U.S. Passport & Travel Visa Services: On-line Application, Visas Requirements.

As per this website if we are taking a Crusie then we do not need a visa for Mexico, Jamaica & Cayman Island. For Bahamas they do not have a Crusie category and basically it looks like a visa will be required.

Anyone on AP taken a cruise to any of these countries - can you please reply with your experience and suggestions.

I am planning to take the Dec 4th cruise, is it too late to apply for the Bahamas visa.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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The information you obtained from U.S. Passport & Travel Visa Services: On-line Application, Visas Requirements. appears to be relevant only for US Citizens.

It appears that Indian citizens need visa enter Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Mexico.

Please see: http://www.timaticweb.com/cgi-bin/ti...buser=DELTAB2C
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I and my wife are on EAD with AP expiring in Feb 2012. Both my kids are US citizens.
We are planning to take a 7 Night Norwegian Cruise to Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Island & Mexico. I called the Cruise line and the Costco travel agents but they were not able to provide any help with weather I need a visa or not.

I know my kids won't need a visa for any of the countries we are visiting.

Researched on Google and found this website

U.S. Passport & Travel Visa Services: On-line Application, Visas Requirements.

As per this website if we are taking a Crusie then we do not need a visa for Mexico, Jamaica & Cayman Island. For Bahamas they do not have a Crusie category and basically it looks like a visa will be required.

Anyone on AP taken a cruise to any of these countries - can you please reply with your experience and suggestions.

I am planning to take the Dec 4th cruise, is it too late to apply for the Bahamas visa.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Not to discourage your travel plans, but while on AP, can you travel to any other countries other than your home country? When I wanted to visit Canada last year, I was informed by our Attorney that AP is meant for traveling your home country in case of emergencies. How do you convince the officer at the port of entry when you return to US? I know its a gray area, but I would double-check.
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Not to discourage your travel plans, but while on AP, can you travel to any other countries other than your home country? When I wanted to visit Canada last year, I was informed by our Attorney that AP is meant for traveling your home country in case of emergencies. How do you convince the officer at the port of entry when you return to US? I know its a gray area, but I would double-check.
Advance Parole has no such restriction. It is NOT a gray area.
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Not to discourage your travel plans, but while on AP, can you travel to any other countries other than your home country? When I wanted to visit Canada last year, I was informed by our Attorney that AP is meant for traveling your home country in case of emergencies. How do you convince the officer at the port of entry when you return to US? I know its a gray area, but I would double-check.
Appreciate your reply.
I travel for work. In the last 3 months I visited India, China, Japan & Hong Kong, never had any problem in US or any of the countries I visited.
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Cruise to Mexico is fine with AP and no visa (less than 24 hrs , I guess). I had done the same two years ago and did not face any issue with AP. not sure of other countries.
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I did research on this a couple of years ago when going on a cruise myself.

You need a visa from the British Embassy for the Grand Caymans. I'm pretty sure about this.

For Mexico, you do not need a visa when arriving by cruise (or generally, when arriving from the USA). In fact there is no immigration control when you arrive by cruise. The ship just keeps a photocopy of your passport.

Jamaica does not need a visa for Indian nationals at all.

Bahamas, I'm not sure.

As for the person said his lawyer advised him that AP is for home country travel only, you need to find a new lawyer. I was on AP from Sep 09 to Sep 11 and traveled abroad for work about 20 times to about 10 different countries. Never did the issue of where I went ever come up. AP is to enter the country, when your 485 is pending. Where you went has nothing to do with anything.
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shaji_p_j and vinzak are correct that Mexico exempts cruise passengers from visa requirements. Please see:
Consulado de México en Boston
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Cayman Islands also exempts cruise passengers from visa requirements. Please see:
Cayman Islands - Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, Travel and Tourism Site
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Default Work and Pleasure

There is a section in AP which talks about the reason for applying for AP and why you should be granted AP (Part 7). I personally didn't see my attorneys fill out this section other than "multiple trips are needed" (section 1)

so Immigration Officer at any point of entry can ask questions related to this section and harass you if he was not in the mood and I think I read somewhere on this forum that in fact it did happen and the AP holder was advised to use AP for business purposes only but he did let him enter the US.

Personally I would check with my attorney and go for the trip. We cannot put hold on our life forever just because we happened to be in "adjustment of status" but we still have to make sure that we don't fall in to INS traps and waste our money and time.



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Appreciate your reply.
I travel for work. In the last 3 months I visited India, China, Japan & Hong Kong, never had any problem in US or any of the countries I visited.
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I have traveled to Bahamas on a 3 day , 2 night cruise. Visa is not required !
It was about 2 years ago, not sure if anything has changed now.
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Technically AP is to be used for emergency purposes only. If you read the AP it will clearly state that. However no one really cares when u enter with AP. Just show the AP and they will take it stamp it and let u in. Most of the officers know and they won't harass us.

You can always say, Yes I wanted to go here and could not obtain a Visa in time to come back in to the US and hence this is an emergency. I have never heard of people harassed for using the AP. I think that is a load of BS.
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It is given that everybody is giving their two cents and trying to help each other. So watching your language helps board pleasant to read.

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Technically AP is to be used for emergency purposes only. If you read the AP it will clearly state that. However no one really cares when u enter with AP. Just show the AP and they will take it stamp it and let u in. Most of the officers know and they won't harass us.

You can always say, Yes I wanted to go here and could not obtain a Visa in time to come back in to the US and hence this is an emergency. I have never heard of people harassed for using the AP. I think that is a load of BS.
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Pretty sure no visas are needed, EXCEPT for Grand Caymans. Good luck!
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