We have heard so many different stories and info about visas, so if anyone can put us straight that would be good.
We are flying to LA in 3 weeks, plan to spand 1 week there before dropping into Mexico for 2 or 3 weeks. Then re-enter the states for 2 months and finally head over land to Vanouver. People have told us that the 90 day visa for UK citizens includes travel to Mexico AND Canada - I can't believe this is true!! If anyone knows for definate please let us know.
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I'm pretty sure that it depends on the passport control person you get. I flew in to Miami, then got a flight to Jamaica before then flying in to New York. On entry the first time I got every question known to mankind asked of me, had my finger prints taken and a photo just like you would in a prison. Then on exit I handed in the card that gets stapled in to your passport. On re entering, I got a new card put in and even though it was only a week later, I got a new 90 days and seeing I pointed the old stamp out to the guy so that he knew I had already gone through the terrorist going over, he didn't ask all the questions again.
On a trip previous to that one, I did a similar thing between Canada and US, and I only got 90 days in total including the days that I was out of America and in Canada. On that occasion I walked across the border at Niagara Falls and went to US for about 15 minutes before going back across to Canada. I then flew from Toronto in to the US, then later on again I flew from Vancouver back in to the US. All of those occasions I did not hand the card in on exiting, until the final departure from the US where I had no plans to re enter in the near future. So I think your best chance of getting another 90 days after your first exit is by being sure to get your card taken out of your passport on your first exit.
Even if you couldn't get a 2nd one for a full 90 days, well using you itinerary of 1 week in US, 2-3 weeks Mexico and 8 weeks in US before being in Canada well that equates to 11-12 weeks and 90 days is 12 weeks 6 days. So as long as you managed your itinerary properly you wouldn't need to worry about 90 days as you'd be out before 90 days would be up.
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Have patience, too!