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Likely Questions To Expect At The US Port Of Entry

Have you been granted a visa and you do not know what to expect at the port of entry?
Are you getting a bit anxious, nervous or curious about the possible questions that you might face on arrival?
Do you feel the need to know some of the likely questions that may be fired at you?
If so, take your time to go through these to help you prepare yourself for the real thing.
Know that questions may come in different form or pattern depending on many factors, but still, they are usually in line with these ones: so, it is handy to get familiar with them.

FOR TOURIST OR GENERAL VISIT:
What is your purpose of coming today?
How long are you staying for?
Where would you be staying at?
Who are you staying with?
What would you be doing in the country?
What would you be seeing?
By what means would you be transporting yourself from your accommodation to your places of interest?
Are you going to be shopping as well?
How do you intend to support yourself?
How much money have you got to sustain your purposes?
Do you have any credit card or the likes?
Is any one else assisting you financially?
What do you do in your country?
Do you have any contact in this country?
What would you be returning to your country for?
You're welcome to the country. (Stamp on Passport). Or, "unfortunately your visa will be cancelled and you would be returning with the next available flight to Lagos".

Remark: Up to 30% of travelers with tourist visas are stopped at the port of entry if questioned or interrogated

FOR SPOUSE:
What is your purpose of coming to the country today?
How long are you staying for?
Where would you be staying at?
Who are you staying with?
(Now the Spouse picture comes in):
What does your husband/wife do?

Remark: More than 95% of people with Spouse visas are allowed in: it takes a serious misrepresentation, or a gross abuse of rights by a spouse, or a security threat, or health risk for a spouse to be stopped.

FOR STUDENT:
What is your purpose of coming to the country today?
How long are you staying for?
Where would you be staying at?
Who are you staying with?
What would you be doing in the country?
(At this point, the Student issues come in):
What school is that?
Can i see the school's admission letter?
(In some occasions...):
Please, come with me, i'd need to make some verifications.
******Note: The verifications could take anything from 5 minutes to 3 days especially if you arrived on a Friday afternoon when clerical offices are closed, in this case, you may be kept in a "holding room" pending when their calls, or emails, or faxes are responded to. It is reasonable for a Student Visa holder to make his trip during week days.******
Who is financially supporting your education?
Do you intend to take up employment to assist yourself?
How many hours do you intend to work?

Remark: It is unheard of that a legitimate student traveler who got his visa in a genuine way is deported at the Port Of Entry, but if you are one who managed to out-smart the embassy, then you need to be concerned at the Port Of Entry because, you may be caught and banned.

FOR FAMILY VISIT:
What is your purpose of coming to the country today?
How long are you staying for?
Where would you be staying at?
What would you be doing in the country?
Who are you staying with?
(Then, the Family issue comes in):
Where do they live in?
Are they aware that you are coming today?
Are you bringing any native or traditional food stuff with you?
Do you have anything that you need to declare?
May i have their contact number?
(Calls may be made if deemed necessary):
What do you do in your country?
What would you be returning to your country for?

Remark: Unlike a Tourist or a General Visitor visa holder, Family Visitor visa holder is one travelling with the rights of the family member(s) who is inviting him, and therefore, he is given rights and may not be stopped without reasonably compelling cause

FOR BUSINESS TRAVEL:
What is your purpose of coming to the country today?
How long are you staying for?
Where would you be staying at?
Who are you staying with?
What would you be doing in the country?
May i see your business (invitation) letter?
(Websites may be checked):

Remark: Genuine Business travelers do not normally face many questions.

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