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What Does Inspected and Admitted Mean?

A foreign national who applies to enter the United States temporarily or permanently must meet certain eligibility requirements. Frequently a noncitizen is requested to provide documentation that proves inspection and admission. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that to legally enter the U.S.,  a person must be:

  • Inspected and admitted into the United States; or
  • Inspected and paroled into the United States.

Inspection is the formal process of determining whether an alien may lawfully enter the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) jurisdiction over inspection at ports-of-entry.

An alien is admitted to the United States if the following conditions are met:

  • The alien applied for admission as an “alien” at a port of entry; and
  • An immigration officer inspected the applicant for admission as an “alien” and authorized him or her to enter the United States in accordance with the procedures for admission.

Documents Proving Inspection and Admission

• Copy of the entry stamps in the applicant’s passport issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

• Arrival/Departure Record (Form I-94); Form I-94 issued by USCIS at the bottom of a Notice of Action (Form I-797)

• Arrival/Departure Record (Form I-94); Form I-94 issued by USCIS at the bottom of a Notice of Action (Form I-797)

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Basically this is a legal term to define a lawful entry into the United States after being inspected and allowed to enter by an immigration officer.

A person is inspected and admitted when he or she presents himself in a procedurally regular manner for inspection even if he or she is inadmissible for any reason as long as he or she does not knowingly make a false claim to U.S. citizenship.

This is an important term because it defines whether you are eligible for certain immigration benefits like adjustment of status.

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