What are the requirements to enter into the American territory?

When you reach the airport or the port, travelers will be controlled by the Customs and Border Protection, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection American. Only they will decide if you can enter the USA. To be eligible to enter in the American territory the following is required:

  • – Respecting the criteria related to the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • – Possessing an Esta form with approved authorization.
  • – Having a passport valid for VWP.
  • – Not being a threat to the health, wellness, protection or safety of the country.
  • – Waive the right to appeal or dispute regarding a decision of the CBP official related to eligibility. This occurs by accepting the biometric identification and the release of fingerprints and personal photographs. The only case of acceptance of appeal by CBP is in the event of a request for asylum.
  • – Having met these conditions in previous entrances in the United States under the WVP (Waive Visa Program).

male-headshotExample 1: Mark

Mark is known among his friends and relatives to be particularly paranoid about privacy issues. He likes his life and interests to remain private.

Last month for the first time Mark arrived in the USA, in Seattle. To Mark ‘s big surprise during the immigration controls the agent after examining his passport and his travel authorization asked him to proceed with the registration of his fingerprints and mugshot.

You can imagine Mark’s surprise, which promptly asked for the reasons of it to the immigration agent.
Mark’s complaints were immediately put to silence.

In the releasing under the travel without a Visa program, you accept the possibility of such screening from the American authorities, which they apply to each visitor.

We advise to be extremely cautious and available with the American Immigration agents. They take their work very seriously. Moreover, it is up to them if they let you enter America or not.

An uncooperative or suspicious behavior can trigger more extensive controls on your person that could linger you before entering the country.

female-headshotExample 2: Shelly

Shelly is a citizen of Singapore to which in 2001 was denied a tourist visa from the American embassy in her country.

In the on-line Esta application for her journey to Miami the next month, Shelly answered no in good faith to the question whether she in the past had never been denied an entry to the United States.

At her arrival at the Miami Airport, during the Immigration controls, Shelly had the unpleasant surprise to be headed out separately in a room for further clarification.

As it is easy to imagine, the American immigration report on each visitor of the country reported the denied visa in 2001.

After a couple of hours of waiting and further controls from the authorities, Shelly was granted the right to entry the country with the promise that in future she will always report the accident of 2001.

One of the requirements for entry to the USA is to respect the American immigration laws, which in this case required honesty in responding to the questions on the on-line ESTA form.

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