You’ve made it to the airport, but Customs and Border Protection has denied you entry into the United States, before even boarding the plane. What steps can you take to resolve the situation?
There may be various reasons why a CBP officer may prevent you from gaining entry to the United States. The most common reasons include:
- When you have been in the United States in the past on a tourist visa and you overstayed the amount of time allowed in the United States
- You were previously on a tourist visa in the U.S. and applied for an extension of stay, but that application was denied
- You were previously in the U.S. on a tourist visa and you did not spend at least 6 months in your home country when you returned.
- You are a legal permanent resident of the U.S. but you have lost your green card, you will not be able to board a plane
- If you overstayed your visa and there is a record, you will not be allowed to re-enter the U.S.
What should you do when you are denied entry?
Contact an immigration attorney to determine the reason you are not allowed to board the plane. Typically, individuals in this situation must file an inquiry to find out the reason they were denied entry. It may be worth it to visit a U.S. embassy to receive more information regarding the denial of entry. In some cases the U.S. embassy may be able to re-validate your visa, or you may be able to file a waiver if you have been barred from the United States for certain violations.