Need advice !

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1. Posted by saab (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Ok i have a question , my mother is visiting me in the states sometime soon this year !

the problem is that she had worked for an airline 40 years back , so she did have a passport and has been to US before !
since her passport expired 40 years back she didnt bother to make a new one ! Also her old passport was in her Maiden Name !

Now that she has applied for a new passport the agent told her not to include her old passport since the airline had put a stamp on my mothers passport as REVOKED and had torn some pages , also one of her snaps was missing on her passport . the agent said to go in for a brand new passport .
What i want to know is when she goes in for a visa appt with the consulate what should she say ? that she has never been to US before ? do they have records which go back 40 years !

Any advice will be appreciated ! my mother is an Indian citizen !

2. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

advice is : tell the truth- If officials find out she is lying she will have a harder time. Unless she committed a crime or has some reason she should be refused, there is nothing to hide. Don't look to make things more difficult.

3. Posted by weaversgal (Full Member 107 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

tell the truth because the usa have a policy that means they have information about everyone who has ever owned a passport!
honestly they can even ask you about an abortion if you have ever had one and what right do they have to know about that?? non in my opinion!

4. Posted by saab (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

thank you everyone for yr advice ! i shall let my mom know about that and say that she had a passport which expired 40 years ago and that also in her maiden name !

thanks all for yr advice !

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

US immigration have records on everything!!! You really dont want to mess around with them.

Explain the situation to them as best you can. My experience with US officials are that they can get very obtuse very quickly. So you need to be direct and even-toned when you are dealing with them. :)