Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers play a crucial role in protecting our nation’s borders and ensuring the safety of its citizens. At U.S. Customs, officers typically ask about the purpose of your visit, your stay duration, who you’ll be visiting, your accommodations, and any items you’re bringing with you that need to be declared. The CBP officer will inspect your passport to verify that you have permission to be in the U.S. and ask you questions designed to find out any information that might prohibit you from entering or make you a security risk.
Be prepared for long lines and waits at U.S. Customs and Ports of Entry. Safety and security are the #1 priority for CBP officers, and they protect the United States against threats, illegal crossings, drug trafficking and other dangers.
If you are entering the United States on an immigrant visa, be sure that you have all of your paperwork, or that it is available online. Be sure to answer all questions truthfully.
U.S. Customs will likely inspect your social media and question you. In most situations, foreign nationals entering the United States do NOT have the right to an attorney unless they are in fear of persecution if they are turned away.
It is smart to consult an immigration attorney BEFORE you attempt to enter the United States as a visitor or on any type of visa if you have anything in your background that might concern customs officers.
The attorneys at Godoy Law Office Immigration Attorneys fight for the rights of immigrants and help immigrants navigate the complex and numerous immigration policies, procedures, and regulations. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office at 630-345-4164.
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