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What Happens When You’re Denied Entry into the US at the Airport?

If you are denied entry into the United States after a long flight, you might be tempted to argue with the airport officials. Do not argue. Many foreign travelers are denied entry into the US at airport terminals everyday. The causes may vary because of the traveler’s background.

 

 

Background Denials Might Include:

• Criminal history
• Prior US entry denial
• Suspicions of malicious intent
• Problems with paperwork
• Conflicts with travel documentation

The most common reason individuals are turned away at an airport is paperwork. Travelers may have overstayed a prior visa or passport allowance. They may even have expired documentation.

It is rare for most travelers to be denied entry into the States because of criminal background problems, but this can cause trouble. However, if you have been refused entry into the United States at any point in the past, even for an expired passport, prior denial is reason enough for future denial.

Steps to Follow When Denied Entry to the US at the Airport

You will probably be standing in the airport terminal when you discover that you have been denied entrance into the United States. When you receive this bad news you must follow these steps before doing anything else.

 

1. Ask for patience: If you can avoid having your record officially entered as denied entry, you will benefit in the long run: ask to call a lawyer first if possible.  Niren and Associates has lots of experience helping people out who have been denied entry, and can provide the guidance you’ll need to overturn the decision, if possible.
2. Ask follow-up questions: Do so in a calm, nonthreatening manner and accept no for an answer. If you are shown disrespect, remain calm and continue to ask questions.
3. Take notes: It is very important to write the responses to each of your questions regarding your denied entry. Be as detailed as possible.
4. Find a quiet place to collect your details: You want to pay special attention to your paperwork at this time. You will likely have been given the reason for your denial. Recheck all paperwork to confirm the details of your entry refusal.
5. Call a lawyer: If you have not established a lawyer for a case such as this, take the opportunity to contact one like Niren and Associates and relay the details of your case appropriately.

What A Lawyer Will Do:

Once an immigration attorney learns about your denied US access, he or she will go to work on your case and help you solve the rejection of your visa. It is possible and likely that you will find a solution that will allow you into the country if you followed the steps regarding your rejection.

Certainly, if you have a criminal background and were denied for that reason, or if you do not have the proper paperwork, or if you did not respectfully navigate your interactions with US airport employees, you might be in a dead end case. If you are worried about being denied entry to the US at the airport, a lawyer can help you to take the next important steps to gain US access or return safely home for further work on your travel documentation.

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217 thoughts on “What Happens When You’re Denied Entry into the US at the Airport?

  1. Michelle

    I was travelling from Canada through the us to Central America (had a flight out of Florida, but booked separately not a connecting flight)
    When I went through US customs I was denied entry because of a time several years ago that I travelled to the states to meet a man I met online. He paid for my ticket. The customs officer knew about this and after several hours in questioning and accusing me several times of being a prostitue (kept asking me how much I had been paid to go visit him, to which I kept responding I wasn’t paid anything) he asked me to prove my employment by showing the past four months of pay stubs, which I didn’t have as I was going back packing for several weeks.
    I tried asking him what this meant for me, but all I got was ‘you can come back and try again with the appropriate employment documentation’
    Does this mean if I bring pay stubs I will be fine the next time I go through the us or will I always be refused entry because of this incident?
    It was embarrassing and horrible to be accused of being a prostitue, and although I never want to go to or through the states again, I am planning an international trip and all the cheap flights go through the states.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Michelle. Thank you for writing to us. You have not said, but it sounds like you are a Canadian citizen. A Canadian citizen can travel to the US for up to 6 months in a calendar year. However the decision to let you into the US is still up to the discretion of the border officer. Now that you have been flagged on your permanent record, you must always make sure that your trips to the US include return tickets to go back home. If you are backpacking, you should be able to show your full itinerary of where you will be going and where you will be staying, and show that you have enough funds to support yourself while on your trip.
      Regards, Muga

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  2. Richie

    Hello,
    Kindly evaluate my case. My wife traveled to US in 2010, had a baby, but being the first child, the medical situation required was critical than the one we earlier planned: which was for a private practice personnel to do the delivery and we’ve made some payments to her. But as stated, the situation required special care and the midwife refereed her to a bigger hospital. The hospital financial officer told she can apply for grant which as the time she replied she’s not a citizen but was advised she need not to pay as she’s qualified. Baby born, she returned to her home country in about a week prior the expiration of her 180days period of stay. In exactly a month, my wife and my 3month old girl had to return to US to continue my daughter’s medical appointment with the pediatrician because she had an”hype-extensive leg condition” as quoted so the leg has to be covered in cast, also she was born breached via CS.
    Long story short…they were refused entry because of my wife did not declare her pregnancy at the initial entry to which she explained she didnt intend to wait till birth period even but she fell in the apartment of her host and it took a longer period before she can be taken to hospital which consequently caused for the baby to breach and advised against long preiod of travel and stress if she wants the baby alive. Now what are the chances of my wife re-entering US again, i intend for both of them to visit US at some point soon. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Richie. Thank you for writing to us. When you have denials on your permanent record, it makes it more difficult to obtain another visa. We have over 18 years of experience helping people like you in similar situations. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you and your family. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  3. Nicollo Lopez

    Hello. I have a question regarding Visa annotations.

    Do the annotations restrict or limit my travel in the United States?

    At the moment, my Visa’s annotations are:

    Family Trip
    December 2016
    Bellevue, Washington

    However, I have already booked my tickets to land at a different point of entry which is in Los Angeles (travel plans have slightly changed since my Visa’s delivery- but not that much different). Plus I told the interviewer that I would sight see other states before and after Seattle as my trip to Washington is only one in four states I’d like to visit during the holidays (but majority of the trip will be spent there). Also, does the annotation “December 2016” only mean I can stay there for one month?

    If the annotations do limit my travel, does this mean I should re-apply for a new visa?

    I hope to get these questions clarified as soon as possible.

    Thank you very much,

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Nicollo. We need to review the annotations. However if you received a valid visa stamp in your passport, you should be free to travel wherever in the US for a period of up to 6 months. If you would like to have us take a more thorough look at your situation, I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to evaluate your situation. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  4. Patel Manav

    Hi, I got the US visa from India. My whole family is in US and luckily I got the visitor visa. However, when we arrived to US airport, we refused to enter in US. Our planning was to stay for a 1.5 months in US and then moved directly from US to Australia. As I got the immigration visa for Australia. I shown the Australian visa, however officer not satisfied. According to officer, he was saying that when I came for a interview I planned to come immediately and you not come as per plan, secondly I had a job in India but due to move to Australia I resign my job and that is the reason that you have no job while during interview you had a job. I shown him the valid reason that I am moving to Australia so, I resigned. During this point officer not satisfied. Thirdly, he was saying that now your parents become citizen in a year so he will put petition file and you will stay here….finally, officer has withdrawn my visa and suggest to reapply as per new situation. Do you think I can get and if get they will allowed to enter?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Patel. It seems that your situation changed from the time that you applied for your US visa, and when you presented yourself at the border. hat is probably at the root of the denial problem. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  5. Paula

    Hello and thank you so much for your page. I came with my children to the USA in may 2012. all of us had B2 visa. We had to leave by November 2012 but we stayed. My oldest son who was 14 years when we came, left US on July 2014. He left voluntary, being 16 years old, and without any legal process. on August 2015 I married an american citizen and my daughter and I, got the green card on July 2016. My son’s visa is valid till January 2017 and we were told by a lawyer that as long as he didn’t accumulate any unlawful presence due his condition as a minor, and his visa is still valid we could have him visiting us. My husband bought his tickets, and we sent him an invitation letter, stating that we want him to be with us for our incoming anniversary wedding celebration. My husband mention in the letter that he will take care of my son (his step son) in every needed aspect while he stays with us. And committed to make personally sure, my son will go back to our country once the two weeks visit is done. But today I was told for a different lawyer, that he will be denied to enter the country and probably send to jail or deported and permanent barred. I’m terrified, we dont pretend him to stay, he doesnt want to stay since his girlfriend, university and majority of family are in our country. But i dont want him to be arrested or deported or permanent barred. He is just an 18 years boy. We just want him to spend some time with us. His flight is for next august 9!!! I dont know what to do. Should I ask him to stay there and dont come to visit us? I really appreciate any help.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Paula. Thank you for writing to us. Immigration is a very complex system. When you are seeking advice, you need to make sure that you are getting it from a reputable source. We have been practicing immigration law for over 18 years. All we do is immigration law. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our licensed immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for your son. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  6. Ammu

    I got b1/b2 10 years visa in 2014 and traveled twice till now. First trip was 3 months long and second trip, which is 1 year after the first trip was almost 6 months. I’m planning to travel again after 3 months gap, with my 3 years old daughter. The reason for my second trip was due to threat from my husband and divorce case was going on. Now the case is finished and wish to relax sometime with my daughter and planning to visit Disney for a week. Its purely a leisure trip and there is one marriage function to attend. Will there be any problem at poe due to frequent visits? Please respond.
    Thanks

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    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ammu. Thank you for writing to us. If your visa is still valid, and you have no inadmissibility, and you have all the documentation on where you are going and what you will be doing and where you will be staying and when you will be returning home, you should not have a problem at the POE.
      Regards, Muga

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  7. Akber

    If I change my date and city of travel after visit visa approval from the one that I mentioned in application, does it cause any trouble at the US port of entry? Immigration officer there can ask me about my change of plans?

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    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Akber. They certainly will ask you about the change of your destination, and they may refuse you entry if they do not feel that the change is warranted. We can help you prepare an entry package that explains to the immigration officer the reason for the change. If you would like our help then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  8. Akber

    Hello,
    Can I change my travel plans after visa approval?
    I applied on the basis of USMLE step 2 CS and got 5 years multiple visa. I dont want to travel now on the date that I mentioned in my application. I intend to postpone my exam. Does changing dates of travel and city within the eligibility period of visit visa create any problem at the US port of entrry.
    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

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  9. Viola

    Hello,
    I am a Canadian Citizen, and I have applied for US green card through my husband who holds a green card and livse in the States. Recently, I got denied to enter the USA (at the airport) and the officer told me that I am not allowed to enter until I obtain the green card. Does that mean that I cannot enter even for a week or through the land?
    Many thanks,

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Viola. If the US Border Services said that you must wait until your green card is granted, then you should not make another attempt. If there is a compelling reason that you must enter the US before that time, then I suggest you apply for a waiver to gain entry. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  10. Moses

    I travelled with my wife to give birth in the US September 2015. The CBP officer who interviewed us at the port of entry was very harsh in dealing with people so I was scared and hid some facts from him which he eventually found out. He asked our purpose of visit and I said vacation. Haven declared $10000 earlier he was sceptical and searched us thoroughly. He found some evidence of communication between my wife and a gynecologist hence discovered we came for child delivery. This made him even more harsh in dealing with us. I apologised for lying to him. Although he allowed us in eventually, he said he placed a comment on my record and said i have to contact US embassy in my home country and explain things to them so they can correct my record else I would not be allowed entry into US ever again.
    Please I need your advice on this. Could he have truely placed such a comment that would deny me future entry? Should I contact the US embasy in my country? Would’nt contacting the embassy further complicate issues?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Moses. You should always be truthful when you are questioned at the border. If you would like to investigate your standing, then I suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  11. Jenny caretr

    Hello,

    I was holidaying in California in 2013 with a hire car and on my penultimate day got a speeding ticket. I didn’t have the cash to pay it then and there $499, so I planned to pay it once back in the UK. The only way to pay was via automated telephone and it wouldn’t accept my zip code or card. I have recently looked on the county’s website and can not find my ticket, using my name or docket number. I would like to go back to Califonia this year 2016. Will I be denied entry? If I apply for an ESTA and it gets approved does that guarantee me entry? (They did record my uk drivers license and passport number on the docket). Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jenny. A driving infraction should not cause a problem for you, unless it gets escalated to a court hearing for a late payment. I encourage you to find a way to pay the fine and penalties as soon as you can.
      Regards, Muga

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  12. Shane

    Hi

    I came to US on f1 visa since 2012. i was a full time student until 2016 janaury, my sevis got terminated due to financial reason. I applied for another college and left US in may. I re-entered with the same visa and new i20. The cbp officer did not ask any question and let me in.

    But now again my sevis terminated because i did not like the course the college offer and asked if i can transfer. They terminated my i20 saying not attending classes, did not pay tuition fees and not reported. This all happened in 10 days, The college was rude. I asked them if they can provide few more days to pay the tuition fees. Without word, they terminated i20 and asked to leave the country within 15 days. Now i got new i20 from another college for degree in physics which is my passion. The problem i already passed the 15 days grace period and leaving the country in few days and planning to re-enter. Please advise me. Everything happened beyond my control and my only intention is complete studies.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Shane. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. Time is of the essence. We will need to know all the details of each of your visas and your situation. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  13. Ingo

    Hi,

    I’ve had a girlfriend in the US and went to visit her around four times a year (one to four week visits) for the past couple years.

    We broke up now and I went to California for vacation, where the immigration officer told me I might be denied entry next time because my frequent visits suggest to him that I might be coming there for work.

    This is of course not true, but now I’m somewhat afraid of my next vacation in the US. Is this just a case of a grumpy officer? Or is it documented? Am I “flagged” in the system? What can I do to ensure I don’t get denied entry? I am fully prepared to take with me any kind of proof: pictures, messages, whatever the officers need to see. Any advice?

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    1. Ingo

      Sorry, just to add: I’ve never had any issues with entry to the US before. I’ve also told previous officers about my then-girlfriend and was granted entry after a couple questions at most. My paperwork, Visa, whatever has always been flawless. No criminal record or anything else.

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    2. Ingo

      Sorry, addendum number two: just to emphasize, the officer did grant me entry this time. He was basically just warning me and now I don’t know if that means I’m flagged and should expect this next time or whether he was just trying to scare me.

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    3. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ingo. Thank you for writing to us. You did not mention what your nationality is. When an immigration officer mentions something to you, you can be assured that a note has been entered into your permanent record, and that you will most likely be questioned even more on your subsequent visits. As long as you are not working in the US in any way, you should not have to worry. If you want to take extra precautions, you can have an Entry Package prepared for you by our law firm that would explain the circumstances to the immigration officer that you meet at the border. If that assurance is something that you are interested in, I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to help. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  14. Fatma kamara

    I have a tourist visa and my immigrants visa application is ongoing. I want to travel to the US for 2 weeks with my daughter who is a US citizen. Am I at risk of being denied entry?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Fatma, Provided that you have a valid tourist visa for entry into the US (a tourist visa to visit Canada will not allow you into the US), then you should be fine. Please check that your tourist visa is specifically for the US.

      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  15. H irfan

    Hi me and my husband over stayed in usa and we had 10 year bar which is over in 2015 we have two kids us citizen and now we both r uk citizens we r planing to visit Canada And we want to go to us as well can we cross from Canada by bus or car

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. A 10 year ban is a very serious matter. Every time that you appear at the US border, you will be questioned about it. If the border officer feels that there is a risk that you will overstay again, they may deny you entry. I suggest that you travel with a entry package that is prepared by a legal team that will explain the conditions of your overstay, your ban, and why it will not happen again. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  16. Krishna

    I have got my f1 visa revoked at Abu Dhabi at USA immigration. They interviewed me for 20min and said your school was not good . So they asked me reapply again so I did applied to another university ( southern Arkansas university). Today visa officer asked me the reason why you’re previous visa has been revoked . I said that the school I have selected was not good so they revoked it and visa officer said it is not the reason and said me to apply again .I want to know what might be the reason

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Krishna, A study visa is one of the most difficult to obtain because the reviewing officer needs to make 100% certain that you will return home after your studies are complete. Many people who attempt to apply on their own, face the same problem as you. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. Two denials are a serious matter. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  17. Tsenlat

    Hi, I am a Nigerian. I hold a valid b1/b2 visa thst expires nov 2016. Last year January I had a baby and his bills were outrageous. Used medicaid for the baby but paid aĺ my own bills. Last week i applied for F1 to go study and consular officer asked if i seeked medical care in Us. I answered yes. She said at my interview b4 visa i said i wasnt pregnant. Told her i wasnt sure at time of application.
    She asked for bill and i showed her drs bill and hospital. She said my bill was incomplete. She asked if i was pregnant now. I told her no. And she asked sure. I said i double checked b4 coming ccos of the last time. She just handed me a 214b letter and said if i reapply and lie about anything i cld destroy my credibility for life. She didnt cancel or revoke my b1/b2 visa.
    Now this was actual events of my last trip. I travelled to US on 18th jan 2015. Baby was born 20th jan through ceasarean weighing only 800grams. Stayed in NICU for 5 weeks. Social worker said he was entitled to ssi and medicare as his bill wld b heavy to bear.
    Now i want to go study. Do i stand a chance of getting the F1 if I reapply?
    Secondly, if i travel with the b1./b2 visa for holiday with my baby,will i be denied entry?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Tsenlat, I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you; your situation is not simple. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  18. Lisa

    I was approved my F1 visa a few days ago. The interviewing officer was very harsh and disrespectful towards me and almost denied it because I was honest and said that I’ll be living with my boyfriend (he’s a citizen) while I’m over there for the 3 year duration. He said that he thought I was just using an F1 visa to become a citizen eventually of which I explained we are returning to Australia upon completion of my degree, where we met and have connections and relationships. I’m going over purely for the experience as well as to get an awesome education – it’s just very convenient that my boyfriend is a citizen and I have this opportunity. He said they may deny me entering into the US upon arrival because of their ‘suspected intent’ if me. Can you give some advice to avoid denial of entry? I’m panicking after the level of harshness during my visa interview – it left me incredibly shaken.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Lisa. Thank you for writing to us. Your experience is common to many people who go to study abroad. You need to be able to prove that you have strong ties back home: real estate, leases, belongings, job opportunities, family.
      Regards, Muga

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  19. Van

    Hi there,
    In 2011, I obtained J1 visa to study a semester exchange in the US. The DS-2019 form states the cover period from 14/08/2011 to 13/12/2011. The I-94 I received had an ‘admited until date’ of ‘unknown’.

    I left the US on 14/01/2012 which is 32 days after the end date on DS-2019 form (I have 30 days grace period). I am unsure if I did accidentally overstay by 2 days ?

    Back then I was holding my Vietnamese passport and traveled on my Vietnamese passport.

    Now, I had become Australian citizen (holding dual citizenships – Vietnamese and Australian now) and plan to visit US under VWP. I already got my Esta approved.
    Will i get into any trouble when I arrive US ? Is there anyway I can check exactly if I was listed as overstay ?
    Please advise me. I truly appreciate your help.
    Thank you very much

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Van, It does not appear that there is an overstay. To be considered an overstay, you must have remained in the US for a period of 6 months or longer beyond the authorized duration of stay. J-1 visas typically do have this ‘grace period’. You should not have any trouble.
      Regards, Muga

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  20. Rainy

    I have a question in regard to being a U.S. citizen and trying to gain entry into the UK via London. Hello I was recentely denied entry into London being a U.S. citizen. My boyfriend lives in the U.K. and I didn’t have a return ticket, and was embarrassed to tell them I met him online and it would be our first meet so I told them he was a family friend. After interrogation and chastising ( I have mental diabilities diagnosed with major depressive order and anxiety) which put me in a spot of discomfort from the very rude immigration officer at Heathrow, got sent back to the U.S. after she found out that me and my bf met online. Now I am trying to get back to the U.K. for a couple months even a month if possible and wondering if since I was previously denied just having a return ticket this time won’t cut it. I know U.S. citizens usually don’t require visas. Just wondering if I come forward and explain the scenario that 1. Was under pressure with a diasability 2. going for a brief stay with a ticket 3. show funds in my bank if that is enough or if I should apply for a visa…also if I apply for a tourist visa how likely is it to be denied because I was denied entry? Should I go in person and speak to a british consulate? Any advice would be appreciated as I am dieing to go to London as I originally anticipated. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Rainy. Your border entry refusal will be something that you have to address with the UK border officer the next time that you attempt to enter the UK. Not having a return ticket and not telling the truth to the border officer raises a flag that your intentions may not be to return home to the US. I suggest that you talk with an immigration lawyer in the UK who might be able to help you gain entry on your next visit.
      Regards, Muga

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  21. Johnathan C.

    Hey there, I am planning to go and visit my girlfriend in California from Canada in late September, It will be my 2nd time in America, First time flying with a brand new passport, I have no criminal record or anything, The stay will be between 5 and 6 months which I’ve read is the maximum time you can stay in America. Do I have anything to worry about at the airport? I don’t have a huge amount of money but I am 26 and she will be supporting me while I’m there.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jonathan. You will have to be able to show the US border officer that you fully intend to return to Canada when you finish your visit. If the officer feels that your intention is to stay in the US without proper status, he can deny you entry.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
      1. Johnathan C.

        How would you suggest I show my full intent to return? I have no plans on staying past my time but I don’t know how to prove it besides word of mouth

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        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello Johnathan. Some of the factors that are considered when determining “intent to return” would be real estate that you own in your home country, family and relationships, a job that recognizes that you are leaving for a set period of time.
          Regards, Muga

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  22. Stephanie

    Hello, I have an inquiry regarding previous denied entry into the US. My friend and I were traveling with a large amount of cash which we were happy to declare however upon doing this and informing customs officials of our professions (we both work as exotic dancers) we were interrogated and detained for over 16 hours, phones confiscated. Boarder security were convinced that we were coming over to work as prostitues which is completely untrue. The purpose of our trip was for for a holiday and to have some elective surgeries performed. They didn’t seem to care too much about the money but really pushed the prostitustion angle. After 16 hours in detention and having been searched and threatened with possible jail time I was completely broken and exhausted. I desperately want to go back to the states as I have friends living there but I am terrified of going through that again.. I have absolutely no prior convictions had never had a run in with any law offical until then.. It was traumatising. My passport has been stamped and they took a mugshot of Mysore and my friend before we were escorted back onto our plane.. The entire time we were not given back our phones and weren’t allowed to make contact with anyone who knew our travel plans. Can you advice of possibility to return? At the time we were travelling from Australia on a visa waiver esta. I now know I am ineligible to apply through that.

    (Should also include that whilst under duress and being scared into possible jail time that I admitted to recreational drug use) I am not a dependant user but did admit to have trying cocaine and marijuana)

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Stephanie. Thank you for writing to us. Your ordeal must have been traumatic for you and your friend. Unfortunately this may be something that you are questioned about each time you cross the border. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to look at all the details of your situation, and suggest a plan of action to reduce any future issues at the border. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  23. Andrej Thomas

    Hello, and first of all thank you for having a web page like this that offers plenty of information.

    My situation is the following: I have graduated in May of 2016, and have applied for OPT beforehand. However, my OPT was still in process when I had to leave the U.S.

    Today, my OPT has been approved, my EAD card is finished and I am in the process of receiving it. However, I am concerned if I will be able to re-enter the U.S. I intend on renewing my F-1 student visa in a week or so, and then travelling back to the U.S. I have a new I-20 (signed less than 6 months ago), my OPT is approved, and I have a job offer.

    What do you think my chances of being denied entry are, and do you have some tips?

    Thank you so much,

    Andrej.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Andrej. From what you have written, if you intend to renew your F-1 and do so upon your re-entry, you should not have any issues using your OPT and EAD.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  24. A

    My current flight is as follow Manchester, UK to NYC to Toronto to Manchester, UK.
    If I am denied entry into US for whatever reason, will I be able to catch a flight to Toronto from US?

    Many Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. It is up to the discretion of the USCIS officer to allow you to proceed to your connection, or send you back to your original departure point.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  25. Anwar

    Hello
    I am from Bangladesh. I have a B1/B2 (5 year) visa. So far I used it six times to enter the US and got one year left. Presently, my wife is in the USA with F1 visa. I have two daughters, one is a US citizen and other is under F2 visa. Now they are staying in the USA with their mom.
    Recently, I got a scholarship for undertaking a master’s degree at a university in the USA. I applied for F1 visa from my home country. But I have been denied the F1 without showing any particular reason. But the visa officer didn’t cancel my B1/B2 visa (that got still more than 1 year validity). My question is as I am denied to get the F1 visa, now can I enter USA with my existing B1/B2 visa ? It will be highly appreciated if you answer my question.
    Best regards

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Anwar. When ever you have a denial, it stays on your permanent record. You may be asked about it when you present yourself at the border with your B1/B2 visa.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  26. Ramon

    Hi there!
    I am Mexican born living in Sweden for 14 years. Around 2014 I got a US visa with my Mexican passport (they gave me a 10 year visa) I used it twice and never overstayed.
    I have now Swedish passport and want to travel to the US. I applied for ESTA and got approved.
    Since having ESTA is no guarantee of entry. I am wondering if I should try to get a visa anyway.
    I am pretty sure if I apply that I will get the visa but is a something I would like to avoid.
    Do you think they would not allow me entry since my looks are very Mexican and traveling with a Swedish passport?
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ramon. If you have a valid Swedish passport, then you should not have a problem.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  27. ABHAY

    Hello ,
    My first visit to USA was in May 2015 as a visitor . My father’s friend lives over there and he is his childhood friend and treated as family . I lived there for six months . I am a chartered accountant in India. While being over there I decided to appear for CPA exams and I cleared one exam . I came back to India after six months but before expiration of my entry in November 2015 . I went to USA again in late December 2015 to give my rest of the exams .The immigration officers questioned a lot in ABU Dhabi because I was coming back too early. They searched my suitcase and stuff but they gave me entry for 4 months . I stayed there until April 2016.
    I still have two exams to clear and I have a friend living over there who is getting married in October . I want to visit there to attend the marriage as well as finish my exams . Please advice me if I will be allowed entry again or not ?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Abhay. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you, given the questioning that you have already experienced at the border. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  28. Jamaicanboy

    Last week I was denied entry into the USA from my home land at the airport I was told to go to embassy which did the next morning after seeing an official I was told my visa was canceled. I was told because I over stayed my b1 visa which was never the case I spent four months for a cricket tournament in new Jersey and I proof of my time spent there as its stamped in passport I am confused cause i made sure not to over stay my trip can get any sort for help??

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  29. Farhad Mottaghi

    I have a question please reply

    I was flying US from my country and I had a stop in Doha to change the flight to LAX and I had a visa but the homeland security dis not let me to get to the plain and also he didn’t give me a reason all he said was I do not know !!! He said I have orders to not let you to get to the plane and he cancled my visa with pen !!!
    I couldn’t even get to the US airport!
    Is it legally ?!?! What should I do ?!
    Can I ask for visa again ?!

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Farhad. Homeland security has the jurisdiction to refuse entry. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  30. Harika

    Hi, my fiancy is on F1 visa he completed 3sems of this masters and he went to india for visit…while he is coming back CBP officers stopped him entering into USA..the reason is they dont have clarity on one financial document so they asked him to go back to home country and give explanation to consulate…so they revoked his current F1 visa…so now my concern is can he reactivate his visa r should he get stamp again and can u continue the studies if he gets new stamping…will be appreciated if some one can answer me…we have no knowledge on this,,,

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Harika. The consulate should be able to take care of the matter for you.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  31. Omolabake

    Hi..

    My F1 visa got terminated due to non-payment of tuition (Authorized Early Withdrawal) . I was given 15days to leave the states and I left on the 14th day. I arranged with the school to complete my programme next year. For the sake of peace of mind, will I have problem getting a new F1 visa, or a visitors visa? Will I have any problems at the airport?
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Omolabake. Whenever a visa has been terminated, the termination stays on your permanent record, and you may be asked about it when you cross the border again. You may be asked for a stronger proof of funds when you make your next application.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  32. ace

    2.5 years ago I came to the U.S with an Israeli passport which had a 10 year U.S tourist visa, I was allowed entrance with 6 months of stay.

    After 5 months I’ve sent a request for a an extension of stay.
    I was told that until I get a reply from the immigration I am allowed to stay inside the U.S.

    It took them 4 months to reply, saying:

    1. The extension request is declined and that I have to leave immediately,

    2. Although no one touched my passport or the visa, they wrote some vague sentence about reapply for a Tourist visa in my home country.

    I left instantly after 1 day and was on the plane out of the U.S

    Althoguh I left the moment I got the reply, due to the circumstances of waiting for this reply, I stayed over the original 6 months I was given.

    I also have a second – European Union passport. yesterday I filled the online ESTA form and was Authorized to arrive to the border of the U.S .

    This time I will be coming with a different European union passport and authorized ESTA form.

    Is it possible that since I was denied an extension before, and although I left right on time, I will be Denied from entering the U.S now?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. Even though it is a different passport, you may be asked if you have had any over-stays in the past. You must always answer questions that you receive at the border truthfully. You should be prepared to explain your situation if asked.
      Regards, Vahe

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  33. Seyi

    Hello,

    I, my husband applied for a visa to travel to the usa with our baby who is a citizen. We were granted the visa. But we could not make the trip together afterwards. I went and was delayed for some hrs by the officers that I did not come with my family. I was left and my passport was stamped to leave within a week. I left usa and did not overstay my time.
    But when my husband went later he was denied entry based on the fact that I was still in the US.

    How can I engage the immgiration officers to clear this case?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Seyi. Your situation is complicated because of the denials. We would really need to know all the details of the situation of you and your spouse in order to help you rectify the situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  34. Italian

    Hello, I have been involved in a fight in nyc last year. They have arrested me and set me free after i have seen a judge in the following morning. The court gave me a ACD and my case was dismissed and sealed. I only had to send them a prove of 42 hours of community service. That happened july last year, I was in the US with a ESTA visa (waiver program as I am italian) now i want to travel again to america, using the same esta visa program, when i was doing the online application there is one session that asks if i have ever been arrested or convicted by any crime of moral turpitude. Well, I was not convicted of anything as my case was dismissed and sealed. But I was arrested indeed that night, but when i searched what crimes of moral turpitude is I don’t think assault (because of a simple fight) would fit as crime of moral turpitude…. I don’t have time anymore to apply for a B2 visa as my flight is in 3 weeks…. do you think I would have any problem at the border?
    Thank you a lot

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. Thank you for writing to us. The ESTA has a zero tolerance policy. Although you have never been convicted of a crime and the incidents do not appear to make you inadmissible, you should not misrepresent yourself by saying “no” to the question. By selecting “yes”, your ESTA may be rejected; it will be left up to the discretion of the border immigration officer. If your ESTA is rejected, you will need to apply for a visa.
      Regards, Vahe

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      1. Oliver

        Hi, I am a US citizen and I live in PA. My cousin, who is a citizen of Bolivia and Spain, wants to come visit me. She applied for a tourist visa with her Bolivian passport and it was denied. Now she applied for the ESTA with her Spanish passport and it was approved immediately. If I buy her a plane ticket to come here, do you think there is any chance that she will be denied entry into the US at the airport because she was recently denied a tourist visa with a different passport?
        I want to avoid the risk of buying the ticket and her being denied entry, if we can! Any info and advice is appreciated, thanks!

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Oliver. It all depends on how she answered the questions on her application that she submitted on her Spanish passport. If she was asked if she had ever been refused a visa before, and she answered no, then there could be an entry problem. It would be best to check with your cousin to see if all the questions were answered correctly.
          Regards, Vahe

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          1. Anurag

            I have a valid F-1 visa, a valid stem opt and I was still denied boarding the plane in my home country in India. Emirates airline informed me that DHS has asked them not to let me board. They have not given me a reason and I’m currently working for a US based company in Maryland. My earlier travel date was during the time when my OPT application was pending. It got approved as of today. What can you suggest? Please help me.

            Reply
            1. Muga Rajbhandari

              Hello Anurag. The problem may be one of several; it could be an immigration issue, it could be a case of mistaken identity. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you to fix this problem. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
              Regards, Muga

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  35. Suzzie

    In 2014 June I attended my FAA exams in Denver Colorado and in 2 months I got done and left USA. In September I went back to do some international flight planning exams but at the port of entry in Philadelphia I was denied entry saying that I don’t have the right visa . The school send me invitation letter but the officer told me for the same visa I was to get another 1-20. I was asked to withdraw my visa and I did and left the next day.after 4 months My fiancé applied for me K1 fiancé visa then got an interview after few months then visa was reject the interview saying that he doesn’t think the relationship was legit. And that we should wait for responds from NIV . We waited for 1 yr to get the reason . And he was called that’s am inadmissible, there was no mail send to clarify all details . Now I wanted to know Am I inadmissible in all category of visa or only migrate am planning to go for my pilot training in Florida will I have a problem getting student visa.
    Kindly advice appropriate.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Suzzie. Thank you for writing to us. I must be very frustrating receiving all the denials that you have. Unfortunately, each denial remains on your permanent record and must be addressed each time you apply for a new visa. US immigration can be very complex. You need professional legal assistance in order to achieve your goals. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you given all the circumstances that you ahev already encountered. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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  36. Florida guy

    I recently applied for a visa to visit Florida for 2 weeks, which I filled in online and was then granted. How ever in the section when it asked if I have been found with illegal drugs which I then answered no. Which was a lie because I have been found twice with cannabis and then fined. This isn’t down as a criminal record how ever it will, I’m sure be on some kind of record. My worry now is that I will be refused entry when I land in the US. Can you please guide me as to what would be the best step to take next. Kind regards

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. If you are denied entry into the US it is very important that you get all the information from the border officer regarding your denial so that we can help you with it when you come back to Canada.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  37. Louisa

    Friend of mine got there bags searched and devices went through at us border basically admitted to being a recreational drug user then was denied entry on basis that they lied on their visa to a question about drugs. They weren’t really told anything about whether they can return to u.s or whether it will have ramifications for visiting other countries.

    For example are they able to travel to asia or will the run into problems do countries share these type of details.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Louisa. Your friend is certainly flagged in the US immigration information system as being denied entry. That will stay on his permanent record and he will need a waiver authorization to visit the US. Provided that your friend was not arrested, he will not have a criminal record, and there for traveling to Asia will not be a problem. You must keep in mind, that any travel that goes through the US may be a problem in the future.
      Regards, Vahe

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  38. Roberta

    Hello I was denied entry into the USA at the boarder crossing I am Canadian Citizen. They said that they will withdrawal my application for entry. I have a trip booked with friends to go on a cruise to the USA. I did not receive any paperwork form the boarder security garde. Will I have an issue when I try to go on my cruise?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Roberta. From what you have written, it appears that your withdrawn application was probably recorded on your permanent record. Whatever the reason was, it will come up again. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan to find out what the cause of the denial was, and find the best way to keep it from being a problem in the future. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  39. Anish Ratna Shakya

    Hi i was on my way to US f1 visa for my GRADUATE DEGREE at LINCOLN UNIVERSITY OAKLAND CA.. It was a first time on US, unfortunately i was stopped at LAX Los angeles port. And my entry was denied by officers suggesting me to withdraw my application and apply for better u university next time. I don’t know what went wrong or may be i wasnt able to convience CBP OFFICERS.
    So i withdrew my visa application and took a flight on the same day, returned to Home country.
    Will i be facing problems in gettting visa in future. Im planning to reapply for F1 visa for another university. Is it true that i wont me able to enter US again or will i have problem in visa interview. Please help your Information will be hugely appreciated for my future visa interview.
    Regards
    Anish

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Anish. A study visa is one of the most difficult to obtain because the reviewing officer needs to make 100% certain that you will return home after your studies are complete. Many people who attempt to apply on their own, face the same problem as you. I am going to suggest that you us our help with your applications to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  40. Bianca Scott

    Hi I entered the USA in 2011 on a visitor visa my purpose for overstaying was because I was in a toxic relationship and wanted to get away from him. I returned to my home country in march 2014 because my parents were very sick and I needed to take care of them. I live in Trinidad and I would like to visit my sister who just had a baby in the US. I hope you can help me take the necessary steps so I won’t be denied entry.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Bianca. It sounds like you have been through a lot. We are going to need to know a lot more about you and the circumstances when you left the US after your overstay. From what you have written, it seems that we will be able to apply for a waiver for you so that you can visit your sister, but we will need to know more details before being certain. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  41. Anonymous

    Hello please i need to ask a question because am about to be moving to usa and i dont know if i would be having any problem, i relocate to paris france 4year ago and my wife a usa citizen so she file for me K1 fiance visa my visa was approved after i provide all document requested with two police record of my country of nationality and also police report from france since have been living here for 4years now i already book my flight ticket i never had no criminal record or ever been arrest by police before both in my home country of nationality and also in france but i get into little problem with police yesterday while helping a friend and police told me it was a crime so they fingerprint me and release me from police station after few hour i dont know if i would be having any problem when getting to USA port of entry with immigration because am traveling on K1 visa please?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. If you were charged with a crime, it will be a problem for you. It is best to find out from the police what the exact nature of your incident was. Criminality is the leading reason for border refusals.
      Regards, Vahe

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  42. Tim Nguyen

    I had a student visa and overstayed from September – January ( almost 4 months ). I should have left the country in September because I couldn’t attend the university anymore.
    I flew back to my home country and flew back to the States where i got denied at the airport.
    I applied for a visa which first got confirmed and a week later declined.

    Since then ( almost 2 1/2 years now ) I have never tried to apply for a visa or tried to fly back to the US.
    Can I ever enter the US e.g. holidays in summer? What are the requirements for it.
    If I´m banned from this country. How long is it.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Tim. Overstaying on a visa is a very serious problem, and something that remains on your permanent record. There are waivers that can be implemented that might be able to help you get back into the US. In order to see if you qualify for them we would need to know a lot more about you and your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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  43. Sonja

    Hi I’m a US Citizen and my boyfriend is an undocumented immigrant. He had overstayed his visa by many years. We are planning to get married in the near future and he wanted his son to be present for the wedding. When his son was a toddler back in 2002, his visa was revoked upon entry due to his mother who accompanied him having overstayed her visa on a previous visit. What can I do to help him gain a visa for the wedding? Should I send a letter of invitation?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Sonja. Thank you for writing to us. We are going to need to know a lot more information about your future step-son; nationality, age, any criminality, the details of the visa that he was on that was revoked. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy to make sure your future step-son can attend the wedding. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  44. A.Patel

    I am a UK citizen and currently hold a valid ESTA until January 2017. Unfortunately in April 2015 my B1 visa was rejected. I am looking to go to the states for a holiday, can I still travel with my ESTA? If so, what are the chances I will be refused entry into the US? My ESTA was issue in January 2015 for two years and the B1 was rejected in April 2015.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. Thank you for writing to us. Whenever there is a rejection on your permanent record, you can always expect that you will be thoroughly questioned about it whenever you cross the border, and the possibility of being denied entry will exist. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  45. Elena

    I was denied entry and my visa was cancelled. I was told I can reapply in 5 years or appeal. I was stopped at immigration because I was travelling with a buddy pass and did not have a returned ticket. My phone was taken and my messages read. There were some compromising messages, regarding me having worken in the US during a previous visit. What are my chances of appealing and getting my visa back.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Elena. Thank you for writing to us. The cancellation of a visa is very serious. There is a lot of information that we will need to know before we can determine the best strategy to take to get you back into the US, things such as your nationality, the type of visa you had, your previous immigration history. You certainly need the help of immigration professionals. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our experts who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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  46. michael

    I have quick question, I am a UK citizen and I have been approved for an ESTA valid for 1 more year, I also have a temp residence for mexico as I live and work here, IF by unlucky chance I fly to USA and for some strange reason when I give my fingerprints I am flagged and declined entry because of what my PRINTS say when connected to the UK servers, Lets say HYPOTHETICALLY, i have a criminal record in the UK, and again lets say HYPOTHETICALLY, i have warrants still outstanding in the UK ( lets just assume that I also gave false information on the ESTA application lol,WHERE WOULD THE USA DEPORT ME TOO, PLACE OF DEPARTURE MEXICO, or BACK TO THE UK

    THANKS IN ADVANCE

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Michael. Under normal situations, when someone is denied entry at the border, they are sent back to the country that they left from.
      Regards, Vahe

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  47. Sabrina

    I entered the US with a K1 visa in February 2016 and my husband and I got married four days later. We filed the I-485 AOS application but only received the receipt number.
    While application in process I went back to my home country Germany for personal reasons… without the advanced parole.
    I know I have abandoned the AOS application but that is fine by me as I have to stay in Germany for a while. I would like to visit my husband in September 2016 for a 2 weeks vacation.

    Will I experience any problems entering the country with my valid Esta because I abandoned the AOS application?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Sabrina. You should not have any problems because of abandoning the application. K1 visa requirements are that you get married within 90 days, or you must leave the country; you left the country.
      Regards, Vahe

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  48. Amelia

    Hi,
    I am a UK citizen, 25 years old and have been rejected my visa waiver because I have travelled to Iran twice in the last 5 years. I have visited America three times since 2011, and after my first trip to Iran and had no problems.
    Since the new laws have come in place, I’m now having to apply for a b2 visa. My reasons for travelling to Iran is because I am married to an Iranian man and we visited family and the second visit was for a cosmetic procedure (rhinoplasty) for myself. Me and my husband are no longer together but we haven’t yet divorced. But we live in seperate cities.
    I’m very anxious that my b2 visa will be denied because I have visited Iran. Or if it is granted that I will be denied entry at the border. I am only hoping to go for 10 days to visit friends in key west (the place I always visit) and have a holiday.
    What do you think my chances are of my visa been granted?
    Many thanks.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Amelia. Thank you for writing to us. If you have already submitted the application for your B2 visa, then there is no reason to sit and worry; you will know soon enough. If you receive a denial, get back in contact with us and let us help you obtain the visa that you need.
      Regards, Vahe

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  49. Mc

    Good day! I am a filipino citizen and i am planning to go back to the US this april with my daugther i went to US last nov. And the POE gave me only till jan 5 i followed the rules but the airline im into got some problem so the connecting flight is late and the gate is close when we arrived and the airline staff said to us that the next flight will be nxt day. My friend is a staff in that airline so she let me sleep in her apartment near the airport. so do you think i can enter again in the US? Thank you for the immidiate reply

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. As long as you explain, if asked by the border officer, the circumstances of your one day delay because of your flight, you should not have a problem.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  50. Abdal

    hi, i am pregnant and on a b1/b2 visa, came here to be with my mom for support since she couldnt leave the usa to be with me, and a lot of people told us to apply for the insurance because labor costs so much more than what i expected and i applied and got accepted. Then i heard if you use it you will be denied any other visas in the future!! ApparentLy, happened with some people. But i didnot know! And now am afraid i cant go back to the usa because i used the insurance and went to the dr.
    My husband is canadian, i dont know if this will help me get accepted when i apply for my next visa! And futurely when i become canadian will i still be denied entry?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Abdel. I do not believe that using your medical insurance policy will have any effect on your future visa applications. I am surprised that someone would mention that. You will only be denied entry if you do something illegal; since that is not the case you should not have a problem.
      Regards, Vahe

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  51. Abigail

    I was denied entry into the US and my 5 years B1/B2 visa was cancelled with prejudice pursuant to 22 CFR 41. 122(h) (3)/(4) of the INA. I was denied entry because I lied on my visa application about my Dad being in the us. My sister is getting married in the states in December and I am supposed to be her maid of honor. Can I obtain a visa to honor the occasion? Also I wasn’t told if I have been banned or not, I have gone through the transcript over and over again and I haven’t seen anything with regards to being banned entry into the states. Is this it for me or is there a way to be able to get a visa to attend my only sister’s wedding? Thank you

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Abigail. In all your documents and in all your conversations with a border officer it is important that you always tell the truth. Your denial does not mean that you are banned for life. It just means that you need to be able to have the proper explanation and justification when you attempt to re-enter for the wedding. From what you have written, it seems that you probably will need either a I-601 or a I-192 waiver. It is hard to tell without knowing the full details of your case. If you want to make sure that you do not have any problems when you go to your sister’s wedding, I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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  52. .

    Hi, I’m a UK citizen born and bred but have an Iranian parent. I’ve never been to Iran, I used to travel on the VWP but due to recent changes suggest I might be ineligible to use the VWP. I have to travel for work conference and have done the right thing and obtained a B1/B2 visa, which I was given instantly with no restrictions. All my paperwork, company details, invite letter is all in order and I have significant financial and family ties to the UK.

    My questions is CBP may ask me why as a UK citizen I have a VISA, which seems a reasonable question, I will answer as above due to Iranian heritage and confusion over new VWP rules etc. Will CBP be happy I have a VISA issued by a consulate or will they take issue with any of this/ over rule the fact I have a legitmate VISA and can clearly evidence my business travel and ties back home?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. The most important thing to remember is to always tell the border officer the truth. Make sure you have all your documentation with you and you should have no problem.
      Regards, Vahe

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      1. Anonymous

        Thank you, may I probe a little further in that as I have a visa are CBP usually happy and to go along with the issuance (and have faith in I’ve been vetted)of this, as you say providing any questions I’m asked or copies of my invite stack up etc as in can I presume I’ll be admitted as I have the visa, or what was the point.

        How confident are you I won’t inadvertently cause an issue by just having the visa ? The online guidance says the new rules on VWP don’t stop travel but just means those that no longer qualify for VWP need a visa. That surely means I’m more vetted than most ESTA passengers and in my eyes should make the CBP officer more happy with my admission. Do CBP by in large trust and admit passengers with visas? I guess they must go along with their issuance as those with waivers or inadmissibility would never get in as the reason they have them is because they have a reason they would usually deny them entry and CBP must probe this and still let them in as they have the paperwork and waiver. D

        I’m just looking for some reassurance. If I’m asked why I have it I will happily say I have an Iranian born parent. I’ve never been there and was born in the UK etc I’m just worried that this on its own, despite having a visa, will cause me to stand out through no fault of my own.

        Thank you,

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        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          If you would like to have us take an in depth look at your situation and examine all your details, then I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to help you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Vahe

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  53. Tomo

    Hi! We are a band (music) from Japan. We attempted to enter the US to do a tour, but did not have the proper visa. (We applied only for ESTA, not a visa). We were denied entry. They said we might not be eligible to get approved for visa for some time but did not say for sure. If we apply for performer visa in a couple months for other event, do you think we will be denies? Or maybe we should not try for 6 months?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Tomo. It must have been so frustrating to have the denial at the border. Your success at obtaining your performer visa will depend on how well you do at completing the application form. Any little mistake or omission will face an immediate rejection. Navigating the US immigration system can be very difficult because of all the rules and regulations. We have been practicing US immigration law for over 18 years, and we are regarded to be one of the country’s top immigration law firms ; we can certainly help you navigate the complexity of US immigration. If you want help with your applications to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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  54. Arthyom

    I’m a citizen of Russia. I was committed to felony (shoplifting over $500) when I was working with J1 visa in Tennessee 2011. Can I re-enter the US again? Can it be expunged?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Arthyom. You would need to apply for a waiver to allow you to temporarily visit the US. If you need help with your application to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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  55. Curiousity777

    Can a Canadian citizen who has defaulted on U.S timeshare payments be denied access into the United States?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      If your default payments result in a court action against you, and that action results in the decision that there was fraudulent activity such as NSF cheques, then yes you may be denied entry into the US.
      Regards, Vahe

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        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Christian. If the US border services believe that an alien poses a problem or threat to the US in any way, for whatever reason, they have the right and the power to deny entry on the stop.
          Regards, Vahe

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  56. Haya

    Hello, my sister has been sent back from the airport because she was pregnant, and got her visa taken away. What should I do?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Haya. It is always stressful when you encounter a border denial, it must be even more so when you are pregnant. You did not say what the citizenship is of your sister, if she had a visa for the US entry, not how far along she is in her pregnancy. So here is a general view. US Border Services need to make sure that someone is not going to the US for the expressed purpose of having their baby in the US and thus getting immediate US citizenship for the baby. If you would like to discuss the matter in more detail and see if there is a short term solution, then I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for your sister. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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  57. Larry

    My uncle has terminal cancer and a short time to live. I am his power of attorney and caregiver. My children live in Tucson Az and I was bringing him to see them. He was denied entrance for a minor offence 30 yrs ago. He may only have a month or so to live and the agent was very rude to him and would not let me back in secondary inspection with him. Any ideas to speed up a process to get him in before he passes away? Thank you for your help

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Larry. You have a lot of responsibility as caregiver for your uncle. It cannot be easy having to deal with the stress of a border denial. It is possible to apply for a I-192 waiver that would allow someone with an inadmissibility (previous criminality) to enter the US. Your uncle’s situation is complicated because of his unfortunate poor health. You may be asked for proof of healthcare coverage during his trip to the US, and proof of finances. The US border services do not want to take the risk in case that your uncle gets more ill in the US.
      Regards, Vahe

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  58. kristina

    I am a US citizen living in Canada. My Canadian husband applied and was approved for a waiver for criminal inadmissability. We are flying down for 2 weeks. As long as my husband has a job here in Canada and we have our apt. Here is there any reason they could deny him even with the waiver?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Kristina. The fact that your husband has a proper waiver, and that you have all your ties here, there should be no reason for him to be denied entry. You may face a delay as the border officer examines the waiver and both of your paperwork.
      Regards, Vahe

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      1. Kristina

        Will it be an issue that my application for Canadian PR is still in process? Or does the US border really not care about my Canadian status? Thank you so much!

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hi Kristina. You are a US citizen. You should have no problem crossing into the US. Even when you get your Canadian PR, you still keep your US citizenship.
          Regards, Vahe

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          1. Kristina

            I actually mean my husband (Who only has Canadian citizenship) will they give him a hard time since I do not have Canadian status for returning purposes? Or will they not care about that as long as we show our ties to Canada 🙂 TY Again (I cant get over how quick you guys respond!!!)

            Reply
            1. Vahe Mirzoyan

              Hi Kristina. You should both be fine going to the US, and both be fine coming back to Canada. You seem to be doing everything by the book.
              Regards, Vahe

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              1. Kristina

                I’m in a slight panic. I just noticed on my husbands approved waiver it states his employer. He has since switched jobs – will this cause an issue since he does not work where it says on the waiver?

                Reply
                1. Vahe Mirzoyan

                  Hello Kristina. Whenever something on an immigration document does not reflect the truth, there is a potential for a border entry denial. It is always better to have everything in perfect order. Book a consultation with one of our US immigration experts so that you can see how big a problem this is, and what options you have available before you arrive at the border. If you book the consultation online at http://www.visaplace.com/bookonline and use the promo code “Blog” you can benefit from a deep 25% discount to the consultation fee.
                  Regards, Vahe

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                  1. kristina

                    Considering we are flying out in 4 days that is not possible I guess we will just have to hope for the best and hope we dont lose out all of the money spent on 3 round trip tickets.

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  59. Jay

    Hello I was denied entry into the US at the Philadelphia airport. I had a b1/b2 visa, but the immigration officer thought I was coming there to work. They called a contact on my phone and confused the contact to admit that I was coming there to work. So I was advised on a voluntary withdrawal of entry. My visa was stamped WD. Please can you tell me how possible is it for me to get another visa and clearance on entry to the US?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Jay. Thank you for writing to us. I know how frustrating and stressful is is to be denied entry at the border. We can certainly help you. There are US immigration waivers that we can apply for that will get you back into the US. The most important thing is to be able to explain clearly and accurately what happened and give US border immigration the confidence that you are not going there to work. We have been practicing immigration law for over 18 years and are considered to be one of the top immigration law firms in the country specializing in US and Canadian matters. I am going to recommend that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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  60. Julie

    Hello,
    My brother came to USA from India in 2010 and his Visitor visa was stamped with visa Withdrawn and was sent back by next flight. The reason was he was carrying some educational documents with him too and they suspected his intentions were to study. Can he visit US again ever? Would you be able to provide him with any entry packages just to visit US?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Julie. It is very frustrating and stressful to be denied border entry, and sent back home. We would need to know much more about your brother’s situation to be able to advise you, but in similar cases, a Waiver will allow your brother to re-enter the US. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for your brother. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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      1. Julie

        Thank you so much for the input. My brother was stamped Withdrawn under 212(a)(7)(A)(i)(1)
        I read somehwhere that this category might not be eligible for a waiver. Could you please let ne know if you would still be able to help in this scenario? Thanks.

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Julie. Your brother is eligible for a waiver, but that does not mean that he will necessarily be granted a waiver. It is important to make sure that the application is properly prepared.
          Regards, Vahe

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          1. Anonymous

            Thanks Vahe. In that case i will definitely schedule an appointment with one of your immigration professionals in the coming month or so.

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  61. Xtine

    I am married to a US citizen and have a valid B1/B2 visitor visa since 2012. We got married on my last visit to the US (Dec 2015) but did not start filing paperwork yet since I am still in school. I plan to visit the US on my next school break (July 2016). Should I be worried that I will be denied entry?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us. Since your B1/B2 visitor visa is still valid, you should not have to worry. Of course the border officer has the ultimate discretion to decide on anybody’s entry. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to recommend which supporting documents you should have with you when you cross the border. It is always wise to have a formal letter prepared by a professional that explains your situation so that it is clear to the border officer. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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  62. Mani

    My sister had gone for usa ,chicago and from the chicago airport they send her to home town.she dont know what to do their.cant she get access to usa immediately.please provide some idea

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Mani. It must be very stressful and frustrating for your sister. Unfortunately every refusal will stay on your sister’s permanent record. You need to act quickly to clear this problem up. Time is of the essence. I am going to suggest that you and your sister contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy to fix this problem. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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      1. Ashok

        I heard that in chicago airport o hare intl airport they ask alot question and write opposite answer and reject our visa with prejudice and return us back.. Is this realli true that they dont rven care about passengers health ??

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Ashok. US Customs and Border Protection officers are mandated with a very difficult assignment; making sure that everyone who enters the country follows the rules that are set out in the immigration laws. I am sure that it is possible that some people who are denied entry feel that they were treated unjustly. I think that with the thousands of people that CBP officers see in a day, that the number of unhappy people would be very very small.
          Regards, Vahe

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  63. lizzieb

    We have new ESTA’s approved and have travelled to us on a number of ocassions – since reading in the press all the latest changes can the ESTAS be revoked at any point prior to travel ?

    Also if we have ESTAs and arrive in the US can we still be denied entry ?

    Im a little nervous with all the changes and 1 of the travellers has old criminal records which have never caused any issues for us

    thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Liz. You have a valid right to be concerned. US border services have every right to revoke a visa at any time if they feel that the person is a danger to the country, is coming in under false pretenses, of was not truthful with their application. The criminal record of one of your travelers will become a problem at some point, and when it does it will surely lead to inadmissibility. Instead of waiting for the inevitable to happen, take measures now to avoid it. We have been practicing immigration law for over 18 years. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess the exact situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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  64. Shaik Mohd Ahmed

    My application has been withdrawn at the JFK aitport upon arrival. Officer said me to correct my paperwork. Though i have proper paperwork and legal documents. He said me to reapply again, get new visa and come to the next semester. Right now i am confused if i get visa again if they do same thing upon arrival then it will be a nightmare for me. I heard that the student who is deported from US cant come to US for five years.Is it true? And please help me out what should i do.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Shaik. I am always amazed at how many people think that immigration is so easy to navigate through that they do their own paperwork and submit it, only to find that there is something wrong with the application and that they have been denied. Study visas are the most complex of all the visas because immigration officers need to be absolutely sure that your intention is to go back home after you finish your studies. A proper study visa application has to answer all the immigration officers questions before he even asks them. If you make another failed attempt at getting your visa it can lead to a five year ban. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm Do not let your permanent record get scarred with another rejection.
      Regards, Vahe

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  65. Ana Gallegos

    My brother in law was denied entry because he supposedly came to work but he doesn’t. They found pictures of bathrooms that he fixed in my houses but he was never paid for them and he never actually worked but as a friendly gesture he helped us. Can we contest the denial so he can come back to the states because he is baptizing my daughter in 2 weeks

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    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Ana. It sounds like the pictures on your brother in laws smartphone gave the immigration officer enough doubt to cause a denied entry at the border. A denial is a serious matter. It will stay on his permanent record. The two week time frame does not give you a lot of time to remedy the situation, but I assure you that we have dealt successfully with problems more complex than this. We will be able to apply for a I-192 Waiver to allow your brother in law to come into the US so that he can fulfill his role as Godfather for your daughter, but you MUST act quickly. Please contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can start the process. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm Time is of the essence.
      Regards, Vahe

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  66. Joelle

    I was denied entry at the airport with my 5 years visa withdrawn stamp and flying back home .. The reason was i was pregnant .. I filed to application a year a go for a visitor visa again and was denied too .. The consular didnt tell me anything about my withdrawn visa or the pregnancy issue .. He refused to give me the vise because my parents live in the us .. I dont know what to .. And i dont know if i ever gona take the visa again .. Although the offecer who stamped the withdraw on my visa told me to go give birth and take a visa and come back ..no body mentioned a disability for me to re enter the us again .. Any help please?!!??

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Joelle. Thank you for writing to us. Dealing with the bordering crossing can be stressful at the best of times, and even so much more so with your pregnancy. Given the urgency and severity of your case, I suggest that you contact us right away to set up a consultation with one of our immigration professionals who is part of our legal team. You can can reach us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm Make sure that you mention that you had a denial at the airport and that you are pregnant. I know that we will be able to help you.
      Best regards, Vahe

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  67. Danielle

    Hello I just tried to get to USA to visit a male friend who they suspected I was there to marry ??? We wanted to spend time together to see if we were compatible before I filed a fiance visa which is what you are supposed to do , but because I made a comment in an email to him ‘ marry me ‘ jokingly they made a decision from that one email comment
    that we intended to marry. Absolute joke.
    The customs lady asked what my relationship status was on Facebook,
    seriously ? I don’t use Facebook ffs. My
    passport was also noted 212 a7aiI like the other traveller on here. Also they gave me no info on what it meant. Do I have any chance of re entry later ?? They never told me Cheers

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    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Danielle. What is your country of citizenship? What country were you flying in from?
      Regards, Vahe

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  68. Carolin

    I just learned about changes to the visa waiver program. I am a german citizen who traveled to Iran a few years ago for tourism. This Wednesday in flying to the US and I learned that I need a visa now because of my one week stay in Iran. I doubt I can get a visa before Wednesday. I will try. What should i do? Board the plane and hope to be granted access? Is this rule already established? It’s really new and maybe they still decide on a one-by-one case? They didn’t communicate about when they implement it prior to suddenly implementing it last Thursday… Any help/ideas??

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Carolin. With such little time to look at options, I hope that you are successful in your travels. The US is implementing many new policies regarding travelers who have been to specific countries such as Iran. Please let me know how you made out.
      Regards, Vahe

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      1. Andrew

        I am in the same situation as Carolin. I am an Australian in the UK. I just found out about this new condition today. I have flights booked for this Friday, 4 days time. They were booked back in early January before the new conditions came into effect. My ESTA from a previous visit is still valid (double checked today). I am concerned that I will be denied entry.

        Have you heard anything more about the implementation of this new restriction? It is too late to apply even for an expedited visa. I tried to visit the US Embassy but required an appointment. The Australian embassy was unable to assist or advise.

        I can’t believe this has happened after diplomatic relations were re-established between USA and Iran. I feel like I’m in Wonderland.

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Andrew. The new restrictions which came into effect at the beginning of January, apply to anyone who has traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria, or Sudan in the past five years. Please let me know if it causes a problem for you on Friday.
          Best wishes, Vahe

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          1. Andrew

            Hi Vahe,
            Thank you for your reply, swifter than he visa process for sure.
            I have applied for a visa this morning, and am seeking an expedited appointment. But it seems highly unlikely that this will work in time for my trip.

            Are you able to email me your contact details to the email I have provided the website? In what capacity do you act? Would I be able to contact you if stopped at the border? The law seems pretty black and white but the advice given is not at all clear.
            This is the best given about my situation on the CPB FAQ site:
            “What should travelers do if they did not receive a revocation email, but have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Syrian or Sudan since March 2011? Can they still travel under the VWP?

            We recommend that affected travelers apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa well in advance of desired travel to minimize the chance of delays. ”
            http://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/visa-waiver-program/visa-waiver-program-improvement-and-terrorist-travel-prevention-act-faq

            They could have said “you cannot travel” but it doesn’t. It almost implies that those delays would be at the border but that the law wouldn’t be imposed in this circumstance? People in my situation could not possibly apply for the visa “well in advance”. I’m at a loss, but am pretty sure I won’t have a visa in my passport by friday…

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            1. Vahe Mirzoyan

              Hello Andrew. I hope you have no problems at all! You can contact me at [email protected]. Should you have any problems at the border, let me know, we have a legal team of immigration professionals at our firm that might be of service to you.
              Regards, Vahe

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    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Jade. Thank you for writing to us. I do not know what the policy is for your bookings, but the more important issue is that you now have a denied-entry on your record. This is something that you need to take care of as soon as possible or else you will never be able to successfully cross the border. Resolving these types of issues is not simple. We have been practicing immigration law for 18 years and have dealt with many cases such as yours. If you wish, complete this form for me http://goo.gl/RvRtRK it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your problem, so that I can determine what is the best action to take.
      Regards
      Vahe

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  69. David

    Hi there,
    My girlfriend had overstayed her visitor visa (of 3 months) by 5 minutes because of plane delay last time she came to USA to visit me. She came again this time, to be pulled aside and denied entry after this visit. What can we do?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hi David. We can always find a way to remedy a situation such as the one that your girlfriend finds herself in. Unfortunately these types of cases are much more complicated than a two sentence question can explain. For example, what is your girlfriend’s country of citizenship. what country is she in now, how many visitor visas has she recently had. What were the detailed reasons why she was denied entry.
      I am going to suggest that you book a consultation with us so that we can get all the details and plan a strategy to fix your girlfriends problem, and make sure that it never happens again. I am sure that you would like to have this taken care of as soon as possible. It must be very distressing for your girlfriend to have to deal with that anxiety at the border.
      You can book a consultation with us at http://www.visaplace.com/bookonline I know we can help.
      Regards
      Vahe

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  70. Nadz

    I over heard a conversation where a lady was telling someone she was denied entry to the us and WD was stamped in her passport and she don’t know what it mean, so am asking what does WD means?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Nadz, WD means that an application for entry was withdrawn, it is less severe then being denied entry.
      Regards
      Vahe

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  71. Rose Lagi

    Good Day!

    I have a 10 year multiple visa (B1/B2) visa and first travelled up to the states in Aug 2015. It was at the airport I was granted a 6 month stay, however, I stayed for just a month.

    Now I wish to make use of the great deal (airfare) I have obtained and travel back in Jan 2016 for 2 weeks.

    I am 24 weeks pregnant and have medical clearance for travel. Will they deny me entry seeing that I am expecting.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Rose. Although there are no specific regulations prohibiting pregnant foreign nationals from entering the U.S., entry is allowed or denied at the discretion of the admitting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer. If the CBP Officer determines that you are likely to become a ward of the government (meaning that the government must provide medical care because you do not have medical coverage), you can be denied entry. When determining if you will be allowed to enter the U.S., CBP Officers take into consideration the date your child is due for delivery and the length of time you intend to stay in the U.S. In addition, they want evidence that you have sufficient medical insurance to cover any medical necessities while you are in the U.S. and that you intend to return home.
      Best regards,
      Vahe

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  72. Dileep

    Hi,

    My F1 visa was cancelled at the port of entry in Chicago very recently. The CBP officer stamped APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION WITHDRAWN 212(a)(7)(A)(I)(1). Does this cause a serious problem to travel elsewhere? Can I apply for student visa to any other country, say Australia?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Dileep. It is always troublesome when a border entry is denied.
      In your case, An immigration officer from another country may in their due diligence, ask the reason for which it was cancelled, and you would have ot be honest and straight forward in your explanation.
      Regards
      Vahe

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  73. Hari

    If they deny entry at US airport, do they give any rejection paper or stamp on passport?
    How long does it take to see i-94 online after we are allowed entry stamp at the airport?
    Thank you

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  74. Ogunrinde

    My brother was denied entry into America, what i dont no is if d visa is still valid, it has been stamped with WD. Can he stil travelled with the visa or he will have to re apply for visa again. Your advice will be highly appreciated. Tanks

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  75. Esomi

    Hello, my mum and brother just arrived into Houston this morning enroute new Jersey. What happens of they are denied entry because i have not heard from them and the airline said they canceled their flight voluntarily so i asked them to be booked on the next flight which they did and confirmed. My question is how soon will the airline know they have been denied entry and asked to go back home. The airline did not say they have been denied entry as at this moment. Please help

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    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Esomi. I am really glad that you contacted us.

      It must be very stressful not knowing exactly is happening with your mother and your brother.

      Please Esomi, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and see how we can get answers to your questions.

      Vahe

      Reply
  76. nyokie

    Am from Bahamas and my husband is us citizen. We got married last year July 20, 2015 and we know each other’s since 2010. We haven’t yet put in for our paperwork, I was in the state since I got married and never return home until last year October 2014 for my grandmother funeral.
    After the funeral I went to the airport and I was questions, ever since I was in college immigration stops me and questions me. Every time I travel back and forward I always get stops and they question me.

    After they question me, Immigration gave me until November 10, 2014 to stay in the stat, that was my limited stayed in the state. I didn’t realize that was date they give me to stay. when I say that I mean for example when people travel have I-94 form and immigration normal stamp it to say when u must return or they write it one of them. So I didn’t pay that no mind until I got to the state I forget about it. I stayed to the state for few months until March 2015,
    I came home the first week in March 2015 because my mother was sick and I stayed home for about 4 weeks and I was able to go back to the state to my husband. When I did go to the airport I didn’t had any problem or anything.

    Now I had an emergency I had to go back home again because of my mother was in the hospital April 20, 2015 and on April 22, 2015 she passed away, I stayed home until the funeral, my husband came for the funeral. We stay until May12, 2015, we both was leaving to go back to the state; we made a stupid mistake listen to family and friends. They told us that we can’t let immigration know we married because we haven’t done the paperwork. When we go to the airport we must act as we don’t know each other’s. So we did. I told my husband to stand few step behind some people in case I have to be question he will know if I have to go in the back to be questions. Surely I was questions and had to go in the back. I was in the back for like 1 hour. My husband called my cousin to find out if I have left the airport with them and they said no, he waited and waited, he end up calling another cousin of mine and was talking for a while tell her how was questions and I have come up stair as yet, he said he ready to go down there and tell immigration I am his wife, but my cousin stop him and told him NO don’t go down there cause it might be worst, he said okay and stayed. Immigration didn’t let me go they said for me to go back to the state I have to get a visa. They asked me a lot of questions, as they ask questions, they type it in the computer and they even ask if is married and them no because I was scared because they might not let me go because I haven’t file my paperwork. During that time I was pregnant, I have the baby girl in the Bahamas and she is now 3 months.

    I don’t know if it means denial but I got a stamp on my passport and it have WD which is withdrawn. Application for admission withdrawn 212 (a)(7)(A)(I)(I)

    .
    My question is what do I need to do? Have anyone have that problem or similar to that?
    Can I apply for wavier, then apply for visa to go to the state and start the paperwork?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello,

      Thank you for your post. It is always unfortunate to hear about someone that has been ill-advised when it comes to immigration matters and is left to deal with the consequences. The good news is, that in almost every case there are options and steps to take to rectify the situation and work out in the Applicant’s favour. In order for me to accurately assess you and determine how to deal with your particular case, I must learn more details about you and your family as applicants. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will provide me with all the details I need to proceed. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  77. Matias

    Hi,

    I was denied entry to the US in 1995 as my boyfriend at that time had been offered a job and we were too young and innocent to know that we were not allowed to work in the USA without the right visa. We are Europeans and were returned back the very next day after the immigration officer realized we had the intention of staying and working. I am now a married woman settled and living in the UK (have a house and pay for mortgage) and my son many times has asked us to take him to the US on a holiday. I am so scared of the situation I lived in 1995 that is enough to put me off to try and re-visit the USA. This happened many years ago and I never tried entering again. What are the chances of being sent back to the UK again? Inspite of all these years do they still have my records? My son will be travelling to NY in 2016 to present a school project and we would like to attend this event? Will it be possible for me to do so?
    Many Thanks for your help. Mati

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Mati,

      Thank you for your inquiry. I am glad that you are reaching out to us to get the proper guidance instead of purchasing a ticket and making travel arrangements and arriving to the US and being denied entry. There are many foreign nationals that have 10 year bars issued as a result of inadmissibility that do not know how that it has even been imposed until they arrive to the port of entry. We can definitely determine if you are someone who has that appointed to them and how to have that waived. But before we can proceed, I would need to learn more details about you and your experience in the US. Kindly complete this form for me Mati http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and you will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  78. Haf

    I was convicted of a dangerous driving charge, it happened on March 29th, 2013, and was convicted June 1st, 2015. I was 18 years old when it happened, and now 20. I am a permanent residence of canada, and a UK citizen, I have been to the U.S. Many times before, but now that I am convicted, am I still able to enter the states? Thank you very much for your time

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Haf,

      Thank you for your inquiry. There are measures that you can take to ensure that you are following the proper procedures and being able to enter the US. But before I can give you any advice, I would need to learn more details about the situation to determine your eligibility. Kindly fill out this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will provide me with the information I need to consult you about this matter. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  79. sathyendra

    The start date of my classes is august 31 as per the i20 and it has been mentioned to enter US on or after august 1st..My orientation is on 25th of august… i made a mistake while booking the ticket…i’l be reaching US on july 31st.. will it a problem at the portof entry…please helpme

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hi Sathyendra,

      Thank you for your question. I am glad that you have contacted us to seek some professional advise, as this could be an issue for you. Although you have provided me with some details about your issue, I would still need some more information to determine what risks may be associated with this error and the best route for you to take. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and you will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  80. Joan

    I was denied entry in the fall for having Cuban goods in my car (I had just gotten back from Cuba into another province and was going to take a trip into the US before heading home) They gave me the option of surrendering my souvenirs and continuing into the states, or keeping everything and driving back across to Canada, I chose to keep my things and went home. I’m planning a trip to the US this summer, will I get denied because of it? There is no denied entry stamp on my passport.

    Reply
    1. Duley

      Hi there. I’m hoping you guys can help.

      Last year I got caught with less than 3 grams of Cannabis on me in USA.

      I recently got rejected by a customs officer in USA upon arrival back.

      As when I filled out my ESTA a question asks ” Have you ever violated any law using distributing illegal drugs?”

      I said NO as my lawyer informed me at the time of when this incident happened that I was NEVER convicted. So I should answe NO. So I was giving false information from my lawyer by the looks of it.

      I was offered a Plea deal to which I excepted and completed and the offense would be cleared from my record after 2 years.

      I am now not aloud to enter the USA under the “Visa Wavier Programme”

      I have to now apply for a Visa to enter. But I read that if I get denied for that I am banned from entering USA for up to 10 years.

      What should I do ???

      Reply
      1. Mira Freiwat

        Hello Duley,

        Thank you for your post. I cannot tell you how common this is, as we’ve handled hundreds of cases with similar issues to yours. It also makes it worse when a lawyer had ill-advised you. You definitely need to apply for a Waiver to be eligible to go back to the US, but it is not an easy or straight-forward process…complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will tell me everything I need to know about your case. Once I have reviewed it, you will be contacted and notified on what can be done to overturn this negative decision. MF

        Reply
    2. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Joan,

      Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear about the trouble you had at the port of entry…this is more common than you think. There is a possibility that you could be subjected to questioning when traveling again as any incident that occurs at the border is documented and made available to any designated official to view. Although you have provided me with some details about the matter, I would still need some more information to asses the situation accurately. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and you will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  81. Evan

    Hello,
    I was just arrested for Dangerous Driving (completely innocent and am almost 100% certain the case will be dropped altogether). My court date is in a week from now and I am to leave on a trip to USA in a little under 2 weeks. My lawyer is representing me in court and will attend any pre trails/court hearings prior to the case being resolved. My question is, with a pending Dangerous Driving charge, as it is not a crime involving moral turpitude, will I still be admissible to the USA? I was previously charged with Assault but it was Withdrawn on a Peace Bond and I have traveled to the USA twice since that without any issues.
    Will this pending Dangerous Driving charge make me inadmissible to the USA? I couldn’t see them sending me back to Canada for this (as its not a charge like murder, rape, robbery, etc) but I want to make sure before I fly over 7 hours to find out they won’t let me in!

    Thanks in advance,

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Evan,

      You will likely be admissible to the US given that you did not commit a crime of moral turpitude, however, if you experience any issues at the border please let us know and we would be happy to assist you with an Entry Package and/or a Waiver application.
      Please fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  82. Dave jameson

    Hi I have a question for you if you have been denied entry from canada to the U.S. because of a criminal record what can you do if you own property in the U.S. and have been denied a waiver thank you

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Dave,

      If you still want to enter the US, the best option would be re-applying for a waiver of inadmissibility. We can certainly assist with this, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to setup a consultation with one of our experienced immigration lawyers.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  83. Prasad

    Hello, My wife was denied from airport, she had b1-b2 visa. They revoke the visa put some stamp in back… When i file through sponsor immigration, they said to file waiver too. it did happen in feb-2009. i did not file the waiver that time. Now i want to start that whole process again. Where i can start from. please guide me step by step.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Prasad,

      Thanks for the question. We would be happy to do the waiver/family sponsorship on your behalf, and we would take a look at the reason your wife was previously denied entry and try to strengthen her application accordingly. We can also provide your wife with an entry package if she wishes to temporarily visit the US. Please let us know if your require further assistance.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  84. Duel

    Hey,
    I was denial entry this last week ,because I dint option. 1-20 from the school, I had M1 visa and I had travelled in July to sept and wanted to go back and finish up but I was denied entry and my 2yrs visa was cancelled . The stamp reads like this##CANCELLATION FOR ADMISSION WITHDRAW## how do I know if am banned? And if my fiancé applies me a fiancé visa will I have some problems? Pliz advise……

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Duel,

      You may not be banned from entering the US, you may just have been denied admission on one particular occasion. We can provide you with an entry package which will minimize the chance that you will be denied entry at the border. Please contact us if you require further assistance.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  85. Cynthia

    Hi,
    Im hoping someone can help me. I have an Iranian friend who has been trying to come to USA for 3 years now. He has went through everything and tried every thing possible. He even hired a lawyer and was finally granted a tourist visa. I didnt realize until recently that even if you get a tourist visa that its only good for leaving your current country but not guaranteed that you are allowed into USA at port of entry. My friend was suppose to come here in mid June, it’s now December and I havent even heard from him since we last spoke online the day of his flight. What could have happened? If they are denied and dont want to go back to their country, they put them in some kind of camp? Is that true? And how long do they have to stay there? How long until they are allowed to contact family/friends? I am sooo worried about him, he is like family and I cant imagine what hes going through. Its not like him to contat me if he were able to so I know something is very wrong. Does anyone know about what happens if they are denied entry to USA.. what options they are given? And if they are held somewhere, does anyone know the name of the organization? I really need some help, thank you!

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Cynthia,

      Your friend could have been denied entry to the US. Immigration officials at the border can deny anyone entry into the US under certain circumstances. It is possible your friend was sent back to their home country or is in a detention center in the US. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  86. samuel

    thanks for this site please i was denied entry in to the us and a paper was giving to me asking me to go back with it were i was issued the visa.his reason for denying me is because my flight ticket has has a retuning in three months while i was suppose to stay in the us for 1week please what do i do…

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Samuel,

      You could try getting a new ticket for a flight that departs within the next week, as that seems to have been an important consideration for the officer. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  87. Kim Hughes

    My fiance’ (a UK citizen) was denied entry to the US in Vancouver, BC on 12/9/2014 (yesterday) for not having significant ties to his home country (ie: does not own property and is currently unemployed). He has been booked on a flight back to London on 12/10/2014 (today). He is part of the Visa Waiver program and has made this same trip at least 8 times since 2009 and never has had this brought up. Is there anything that can be done to overturn this before he is sent back to the UK? I am a US citizen born and bred in Oregon but I do not know what I can do to help him in this situation. They treated him as a criminal when he never has not returned to his home country.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Kim,

      Thanks for the question. I’m sorry to hear that your fiance was denied entry to the US. The border officers do have the authority to deny entry to anyone for any reason they deem to be appropriate. At this point you should get in touch with one of our experienced immigration lawyers who can help to prevent him from being returned to the UK, and we can maximize his chances of gaining entry to the US by addressing those issues of unemployment and lack of property that you mentioned. Where is he staying when he goes back to the UK-that could be considered his property even if he is living with a friend or family member and paying some rent.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  88. Rasmus

    Hi.
    I have been in the US since july on the 3 month turist visa (ESTA) in september I left to Columbia and thereby extended my visit another 3 months. I am an athlete who travel the US and play tournaments and train. In December I am going home to Denmark for the holidays and I am planning on coming back in january to play a few tournaments and do a roadtrip with two friends. I am a bit afraid to get denied as I have been here in almost 6 months already.
    But what happens if I get denied? Do they send me home the same day and do I have to pay for the flight? and will it have any consequences on the long run to get denied?
    Thank you very much for taking the time.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Rasmus,

      If you get denied then you will typically be sent home on the next flight if you arrive by plane. If you overstayed your previous visa then you may encounter difficulties entering the US, however we specialize in cases involving inadmissibility and can help you maximize the chances that you will be permitted to enter the US.Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  89. JACKSON REILY

    I HAVE FRIEND WHO WAS SENT BACK FROM THE US AIRPORT WITHOUT ENTRY DUE TO THE PAPERWORK. NO HEARING WAS DONE ONLY WAS KEPT IN THE TRANSITION AREA OVERNIGHT AND THE IMMIGRATION OFFICER SENT BACK. IT WAS 30 YEARS AGO. HE CAME BACK WITH A DIFFERENT PASSPORT NOT USING THE LAST NAME BUT ONLY THE MIDDLE NAME AND DIFFERENT BIRTH DATE. HE IS A US CITIZEN. BUT SOME ONE IS THREATENING TO REPORT THIS. IS HE IN TROUBLE NOW. THERE IS NO RECORD OF THAT.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Jackson,

      Thank you for the question. If your friend is a US citizen, it will be very difficult for the border officers to deny him entry into the U.S. even if there is some sort of mistake or error in some of his paperwork. That being said, it is still theoretically possible for your friend to be denied entry in certain circumstances, and if that occurs, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us as we would be glad to assist him.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  90. June

    My partner has a criminal record for drunk and dissordaly and a caution for possessing a small amount of class a when he was younger.
    He applied for a visa and attended the interview in london at the embassy.
    He was told as it was a while ago everything was ok and the issued him with a 10 year multiple entry visa into his passport.
    The visa was a B2 visa
    We flew to the states on a family holiday and at the airport he was questioned and refused entry.
    The officials were saying something about him needing a waiver.
    He was interviewed , refused entry and we came home on the same plane we went there on.
    Please help will he be able to reapply and go back for a holiday as they did say we could reapply but I wasnt sure if the refusal wall have ann impact on future decissions.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello June,

      I am sorry to hear that your partner was denied entry to the US, and it does seem like they will need a waiver in order for their visa application to be successful, and we would be happy to guide you through the complex process of obtaining a waiver so that your partner can enter the US with you

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
    2. owen

      Hello June,

      I am sorry to hear that your partner was denied entry to the US, and it does seem like they will need a waiver in order for their visa application to be successful, and we would be happy to guide you through the complex process of obtaining a waiver so that your partner can enter the US with you. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  91. Miguel

    Hi, I have been 68 days in the US with visitor ESTA and I need to come back to Europe for only 7-9 days to come back to the US. So my ESTA would not be over when I come back but I need to stay for 6 weeks.

    I have an “Invitation Letter” from my US office and I will carry with me my flight dates, my applicable contract in the Netherlands.
    Do you think I might be refused to get back in?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Miguel,
      It is possible, yes. Best that you fill out our online assessment form in order for one of our Immigration Team Members to review your details and contact you directly.

      Regards,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  92. Elena

    My inlaws who have had their I visas for over ten years and have always went back on time got denied their entry at the atl air port because of a one time over stay of five to ten days … Which was the one and only time they did. They were sent back … What can we do to get everything back so they are able to come since they have been back twice since that over stay and just now being denied?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Elana

      Thanks for the question. Your inlaws may need a TRP to enter Canada or possibility what we call an “entry package” showing they are not a risk of offending any immigration rules. We or another law firm can help
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  93. Steph

    What Happens if you are denied entry at the airport. We are from Australia and spending a week in the USA and then 4 weeks in Canada. If we are denied can we choose to fly straight to Canada. Any Information on this would be hugely appreciated.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Steph

      If you are denied at the US airport they could send you right back. The option of going to another country may not be available so would not count on that. The best thing to do is to make sure you have your paperwork prepared in advance before making the trip to the USA. Michael

      Reply

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