To legally enter the United States, obtaining a visa is not the last step in the process. Even if you have a visa, nonimmigrant or immigrant, you still have to go through a check-up at the U.S. port of entry. The CBP (Customs and Border Protection) officer will ask you a couple of questions to confirm your intentions of coming to the United States.
First off, make sure that you have all your paperwork ready. The officer will look at your passport and verify that you have permission to enter the United States. Keep in mind that you might have to wait for some time before you get to screening at primary inspection, so be prepared for long lines. There will usually be two or more lines separating the U.S. passport holders and citizens from other travelers.
The length of the process also depends on the officer that will screen you and conduct an interview, if they deem it necessary. The CBP Officer interview can be a stressful experience, especially if you haven’t gone through it before. Furthermore, your English language proficiency contributes to your confidence. Good command of English makes you less nervous, which in turn helps you navigate through the process more easily. However, the most important thing is your documentation and travel intent.
If you end up having an interview, the CBP Officer will ask you a couple of questions related to your background and your entry into the United States. Be honest and truthful when answering, and try to be as relaxed as possible. The officer may ask you some of the following questions:
If you’re unable to answer one of these questions, you may have to go for a secondary inspection. You’ll also go through a luggage search and medical screening. And lastly, if the officer determines that you’re eligible to enter the country, you’ll go through a fingerprinting process and have your photo taken.
The priority of CBP is to prevent terrorists and criminals entering the U.S. It is a rigorous procedure that every visa applicant needs to go through. For any additional information, feel free to contact us, we're happy to help.
Copyright © 2022 VisaExpress.us.com
Disclaimer: https://VisaExpress.us.com is not affiliated with the United States Department of State (US DOS), the United States Department of Homeland Security (US DHS), the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), or any other United States government agency. Except for our affiliated and independent lawyers/attorneys explicitly disclosed in the service, we are not a law firm, we do not provide legal advice, and we are not a substitute for an attorney. Neither VisaExpress.us.com nor its employees claim to have any special knowledge of immigration law or procedure. Listed purchase prices for application preparation assistance services do NOT include any government application, medical examination fee, filing, or biometric fees. The applications completed using our service are available as blank forms for free on some USA Government websites. Lawyer services are provided by independent Lawyers and these services are subject to a separate, Limited-Scope Lawyer Agreement. We are a private, internet-based travel technology service provider dedicated to helping individuals travel to the United States. If you do not wish to utilize our services, you may apply directly at travel.state.gov or at uscis.gov.