What to Expect When You Arrive

If you're coming to the United States as an immigrant or with a nonimmigrant visa (or from one of the countries that doesn't require you to have a visa), the first person you meet on arrival - whether you come by air, land, or sea - will be an officer of Customs and Border Protection, or CBP.

The officer will inspect your passport and documents, looking for verification that you've been given permission to be in the U.S., as well as any information that might prohibit you from doing so. If entering on an immigrant visa, you will need to hand over the sealed, unopened envelope containing your visa documents.

Have all your paperwork ready. CBP officers are trained to be skeptical; security is their first concern.

Prohibited and Restricted Items

The products CBP prevent from entering the United States are those that would injure community health, public safety, American workers, children, or domestic plant and animal life, or those that would defeat our national interests. Sometimes the products that cause injury, or have the potential to do so, may seem fairly innocent. But, as you will see from the material that follows, appearances can be deceiving.

Before you leave for your trip abroad, you might want to talk to CBP about the items you plan to bring back to be sure they're not prohibited or restricted. Prohibited means the item is forbidden by law to enter the United States. Examples of prohibited items are dangerous toys, cars that don't protect their occupants in a crash, bush meat, or illegal substances like absinthe and Rohypnol. Restricted means that special licenses or permits are required from a federal agency before the item is allowed to enter the United States.

Examples of restricted items include:

  • Alcohol
  • Automobiles
  • Defense Articles or Items with Military or Proliferation Applications
  • Animals
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Firearms
  • Fish and Wildlife
  • Food Products
  • Medication
  • Plants and Seeds
  • Soil

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For over 15 years, we have helped countless individuals who thought they had no hope in entering the States due to a refused entry with their cases. Our experience with immigration law has allowed us to help individuals enter the U.S., who otherwise would have not had the opportunity.

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