Returning from a short vacation in Mexico we breezed through customs without having to fill out a customs declaration, and without even a single question, only having to show our passports. How come?
It's just the way things are often done for US citizens returning home. Sometimes you'll get a question or three, sometimes not. They don't stamp your passports anymore when returning home, nor do you have to fill out a pen-and-ink customs declaration — just that kiosk thing. (Did you have to do that?)Everything is visible to the customs agents. They can see when you left the country. They know your passports are legit. They assume the reason you went to Mexico is obvious (short vacation). You don't fit any profile that would set off a red flag to them. Your bags have been scanned for obvious bad stuff, and probably sniffed by dogs. There's really not much for them to ask that they don't already know the answer to.For non-US citizens, it's a different story.
Can I travel to Mexico for a few days with Green Card expiring 6.5 months from the date returning to the US?
With any travel to a foreign land your visa/passport has to be valid for 6 months after the expected travel date of return in the event of travel plans changing. With it being so close I would renew the visa. You don’t want any surprises especially with the way relations are with immigration. My son was going to Ireland and his passport was to expire a month after the 6 month policy and qualify for an adult passport. I was told to file for a whole new one just in case.
Why do fewer Mexicans are immigrating to US than returning from US to Mexico (the net migration between Mexico and US is negative today)?
Simply there are two possible reason, The way of living in the U.S has become to expensive and very restrictive so Mexicans who lives there see that is a more better option to move to Mexico and come back, or Maybe they just miss mexico and once the have a good amount of money they comeback to invest here.
How does one get invited to the Quora Partner Program? What criteria do they use, or is it completely random?
I live in Germany. I got an invite to the Quora partner program the day I landed in USA for a business trip. So from what I understand, irrespective of the number of views on your answers, there is some additional eligibility criteria for you to even get an email invite.If you read the terms of service, point 1 states:Eligibility. You must be located in the United States to participate in this Program. If you are a Quora employee, you are eligible to participate and earn up to a maximum of $200 USD a month. You also agree to be bound by the Platform Terms (https://www.quora.com/about/tos) as a condition of participation.Again, if you check the FAQ section:How can other people I know .participate?The program is invite-only at this time, but we intend to open it up to more people as time goes on.So my guess is that Quora is currently targeting people based out of USA, who are active on Quora, may or may not be answering questions frequently ( I have not answered questions frequently in the past year or so) and have a certain number of consistent answer views.Edit 1: Thanks to @Anita Scotch, I got to know that the Quora partner program is now available for other countries too. Copying Anuta’s comment here:If you reside in one of the Countries, The Quora Partner Program is active in, you are eligible to participate in the program.” ( I read more will be added, at some point, but here are the countries, currently eligible at this writing,) U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.11/14/2018Edit 2 : Here is the latest list of countries with 3 new additions eligible for the Quora Partner program:U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, India and Brazil.Thanks to Monoswita Rez for informing me about this update.
How do I find out if it was illegal to send US citizens to Mexico with the father? How do I find out if their rights were violated?
If this a confirmed or suspected case of parental abduction you need to consult an attorney. The invocation of “rights” is problematic unless the so-called “rights” are codified in law. So the real question is what, if any, laws have been broken. In theory The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international human rights treaty and legal mechanism to recover children abducted to another country but I wouldn’t count on it. You need to see an attorney, preferably one that specializes in these cases.General comments: If they are 18 or over with US passports there is no problem. If they are minor children a great deal depends on the custody arrangements (e.g. who has legal custody). The immigration status of the father may also make a difference, especially if returning with minor children. In all cases a notarized consent form from the non-accompanying parent is highly advisable. Free copies of consent forms can be found on the internet. Other documents (e.g. birth certificates) may be advisable. Because of hightened concerns about trafficking of minors and parental abduction both in the US and overseas it is best to check the US State Department International Travel website for information about current requirements for Mexico.
Travelling with Pets: How can I take my dog along from India to Canada/USA?
Transporting a pet by air involves a lot of prior arrangements, expense, permits and paperwork. It is extremely stressful and dangerous for the pet. Reconsider your decision to take your pet.If you travel by air, you must arrange in advance to have your pet travel on the same flights. You will have to pay for transporting your pet as cargo unless it is so small that you are allowed to carry it in the aircraft cabin. Your pet will travel AT ALL TIMES in a carrier kennel crate like this, of a size appropriate for your pet (large enough to stand and turn around): The carrier kennel crate must be acceptable to the airline -- each airline has its own standards. Pets in carriers travel as baggage in the hold of the aircraft, and are exposed to high heat on the parking ramp and in baggage handling areas of the airport. Most airlines refuse liability for heat threats to your pet, and many restrict carriage of pets to cool seasons. Plan to travel with (or put on/in the carrier crate) your dog's leash, a bowl for water/food, plastic bags (and probably absorbent diapers for wet cleanups) to dispose of wastes, and perhaps some canned food. Any unpackaged food or treat is forbidden. The pet should wear a collar with ID tag and contact telephone numbers.The US Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) regulates importation of pets into the USA. The US Department of Agriculture's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) also has regulations to protect US agriculture.A general introduction to pet importation, from US Customs & Border Protection: http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/newsroom/publications/travel/pets_wild.ctt/pets.pdfCDC's web page on bringing dogs into the USA: Animal ImportationAPHIS' web page on importing cats and dogs into the USA: Animal ImportationGet your pet vaccinated against rabies about a month before travel.Get your pet carefully examined for good health in all respects, and treated to be rid of all parasites. Get a certificate, examination form or letter from a trained, credentialed veterinarian that will attest that your pet is in good health and free from parasites and disease.Get your pet washed/shampooed and nails trimmed a day or so before departure.Your pet will be inspected at the US port of entry, and might not be allowed to enter the USA.It may be very useful to book your travel as separate individual segments with sufficient layover time that you can feed, water and walk your pet and then check it in for the next segment. This may require you to have an entry visa for each stopping place.Helpful links:Animal ImportationBringing A Pet Into the U.S.