I was only asking because the idea of a visa is to make sure you won't remain in that other country. A person traveling on a ukrainian passport, going to another more economically advanced country would have motivation to stay while despite having a ukrainian passport with permanent residence in THE US would have much less motivation. Thanks for the non bs answers and those who provided them.
There are foreign visitors with visas to this country who "disappear" and do not go back home. So their motivation is to escape the more difficult economic situation in their home country. Of course, if they had a US green card and they wanted to travel to other country that required a visa (presumably a well off nation), the motivation to remain there past the visa time limit would be less. The visa is looked upon as a way to track your visit to the other nation and to prevent you from overstaying. Even with the visa requirement, you could "disappear" if someone in that country helped you.
I'm a Brit in the Philippines, I need to renew my visa every two months but it's a joke ... I'm due to renew my visa by the 15th of this month but I'm so busy with my business I simply cannot take two days out to go to the nearest immigration office.
So I'm going to overstay and the penalty for overstaying is a PHP500.00 (USD11) fine per month of overstaying.
Then I need to exit the country every so often, last time I tried to exit immigration refused me leaving the country because my visa was out of date ... Anywhere else in the world one gets deported for breaking the rules ... Here they won't let one leave!
I just joke with my local immigration office now that I don't need a visa because they won't let me leave the country regardless :)
I'm really quite informal with the staff in the immigration office, that's what it's like here, the powers that be removed the old immigration officer for being an asshole and they've replaced him with one of the nicest guys one could wish to meet, before now I've sat with him having a beer and last time I was across in the city we bumped shopping trolleys with each other in the supermarket.
When the weather is bad I cannot get across to renew my visa, January 2014 we were cut off from the rest of the world because the one road out of town was under 5ft of water ... how the f*ck am I supposed to get to the mainland to renew my visa? :)
I know that I can overstay for up to (less than) 6 months and without being blacklisted, I need to get to the mainland city every couple of months for shopping supplies but this island is being so heavily marketed by the Philippines government this year I simply cannot get away whilst I'm running low on supplies.
As I thought, Martin is the one who is wrong. The bahamas, Mexico, and many other countries have a permanent resident exception. ANY passport combined with a green card makes visas unnecessary despite where your passport is from. I Should never listen to martin. I should know that
Neither have you martin, you are still always wrong.
According to the U.S. Embassy of Mexico, all legal residents of the United States, regardless of their nationality, can travel to Mexico if they are in possession of a green card (now they are pink.) One does not need to go through the process of applying to Mexico City for an entry permit nor do they need to have their passport stamped.
I should have known Martin dating lady boys doesn't know a fucking thing. Costa Rica is a great place bitch. 8 Guess if you had ever gone anywhere other than looking for a wife and failing for 15 years you would know that. But we are glad you are here to give advice on exactly how to fail decade after decade.