If you’ve gone through the effort to save up money to come to the United States only to arrive and be denied entry, then you may be unclear as to why that occurred.
One of the more common reasons an individual may denied entry into the United States is if if they’ve been previously discovered either living in or working in the country illegally. You may also be denied entry if immigrantion officials suspect that you have intentions of overstaying your visa.
There have been many terrorist acts committed or threatened against the United States during the past several years. Therefore, if you’re suspected of having ties to a known terrorist organization, there’s a strong likelihood your entry will be denied as well.
Those who have been convicted of criminal offenses, especially ones that involve some degree of moral turpitude, are also often denied entry into the United States. The types of crimes that fall under this umbrella include cases of fraud, most sexually-related offenses committed toward either children or adults, murder and theft.
Other circumstances that may result in you being denied entry into the country include concerns about infectious disease.
Visitors to the country are expected to be able to demonstrate that they have enough money to properly support themselves during their stay. The only exception to this rule is if you have a United States citizen agree to sponsor you and cover all of your expenses for the duration of your visit.
Anyone who attempts to secure employment while in the county on a tourist visa stands to have their legal authorization to remain in the county terminated.
If you feel you meet the criteria necessary to be admitted into the country, yet were still denied entry, then you may be eligible to address the matter with the Department of Homeland Security. A San Diego immigrantion detention attorney can provide guidance as to how to go about doing that.
Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, “Friend, relative, etc. denied entry to the U.S.,” accessed Sep. 15, 2017