Officials at the U.S. immigration control points always ask at least one question, and in particular cases, even more. The main purpose of this is to determine:

  • Whether a person is eligible to enter the U.S. or not.
  • If you intend to use the visa for something different from its original purpose.
  • If the person is using fake or stolen documents.
  • If a permanent resident has been abroad for so long that he or she is considered to have abandoned his or her residence.

What Questions May Be Asked at the Immigration Check Point?

What is the reason for your visit to the United States?

Where are you going to stay?

Who will you visit?

How long are you going to stay? This is essential.

How much money do you have?

Have you previously visited the United States?

How often do you visit the United States?

And in the case of lawful permanent residents: How long have you been outside the U.S.?


It’s very important that the intention of the nonimmigrant visa is respected. If you enter the U.S. as a tourist, this is what your visa was issued for, not to study or to get married for example.

What happens if this is not respected?

  • You may be sent back to the country where your journey began
  • You may be sent to the second inspection (the room).
  • You may be seized arrested
  • You may be admitted
  • You may enter the country on parole, i.e. you’re allowed in even if you don’t meet the requirements. For example, when you request asylum after showing credible fear in an interview.