August is a month for vacations in many parts of the world, so this would be a good time to test your knowledge on the requirements for visiting the United States from another country. See how well you do on these questions:
1. A visa is required to enter the United States unless a foreign citizen (someone from another country) is:
A. Carrying more than $10,000 in cash when arriving to the U.S.
B. From a designated (established; selected) visa waiver (not required) country.
C. Working for his/her own national government.
D. No exceptions. Everyone requires a visa.
2. Who issues (officially gives) visas?
A. State Department for all travelers.
B. State Department for all but military (related to the army, navy, or other armed forces) visitors, issued by the Defense Department.
C. State Department for all but business visitors, issued by the Commerce Department.
D. State Department for all but educational visitors, issued by the Education Department.
3. Which of the following is true?
If you require medical attention (are sick and need a doctor) in the U.S.:
A. All visitors are treated (given medical care) by a universal (includes everyone) health care system at minimal (lowest possible) cost.
B. You must arrange for (take care of) your own medical care, including all costs for physicians (doctors), hospitalization (staying in a hospital), and medicines.
C. Any hospital will accept a visitor for emergency (urgent; needed immediately) treatment.
D. Most medications (drugs) will be available without a prescription (special permission from your doctor).
4. Which of the following foods are allowed into the U.S.?
D. Hard candies (sweets that are completely solid, without any liquid).
1 – Visa not required: (B) From a designated visa waiver country. There are currently 37 countries whose citizens are not required to get a visa to visit the U.S., including Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and most European countries. For all other countries, a visa is required.
It doesn’t matter how much money you bring with you (A); you still need a visa unless you are from a waiver country. In fact, if you enter the U.S. with more than $10,000, you must fill out a special form (and this requirement includes U.S. citizens as well). It also makes no difference whether or not you work for your own national government (B).
2 – Who issues visas: (A) State Department for all visitors. There is only one U.S. government department that can give you a visa, and that is the State Department, which primarily (more than any other group) takes care of all relations with foreign countries. It doesn’t matter if you are here representing your military (B), a private company (C), or an educational institution (D). The U.S. departments that handle (take care of) those matters (Defense, Commerce, Education) cannot give you a visa.
3 – Medical care when traveling in the U.S.: (B) You must arrange for your own medical care and pay all costs. The United States does not (yet) have a “universal health care system” like other countries, where anyone who is sick can go to a doctor and get treated. If you get sick in the U.S., you have to pay your own medical bills, although if you have health insurance from your own country, you may be able to get reimbursed (paid back by the insurance company for the money you spent here). It is usually (but not always) true that U.S. hospitals will take care of you if you have an emergency that needs to be treated immediately (C), but it is never true that drugs will be available without a doctor’s prescription (D).
4 – Food allowed in the U.S.: (D) Hard candies. Leave your beans (A), bratwurst (B), and bananas (C) at home. The U.S. does not allow you to bring most fruits and vegetables into the country in order to prevent the introduction of plant diseases. Most meat products are also banned (not allowed) due to concern about diseases in the meat itself (such as “mad cow disease“).
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