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What should you not say to an immigration officer?


Always tell the immigration officer the truth when asked. Even so, it is best to avoid having to say any of the following:

  • “I’m not familiar with U.S. immigration laws.”
  • “Actually, I have applied for asylum in another country.”
  • “I don’t have travel insurance.”
  • “I don’t know where I’ll be staying.”
  • “I’m not sure about the details of my visa application.”
  • “I’ve been denied a visa before.”
  • “I’m still figuring out my immigration status.”
  • “I don’t have proof of medical examinations or vaccination proof.”
  • “I don’t know how to comply with visa conditions during my stay.”
  • “Do I look like a terrorist to you?”
  • “Can I engage in business activities beyond those allowed by my visa?”
  • “I have plans of volunteer work even without authorization.”
  • “I plan to travel to restricted areas.”
  • “Can you tell me more about the consequences of violating visa rules?”
  • “I intend to take each day as it comes and engage in freelance or independent work with or without authorization.”
  • “Is the immigration process really this slow?”
  • “I don’t have a return ticket yet.”
  • “I plan to join election campaigns and root for my chosen candidate in the country.”
  • “I want to engage in demonstrations and rallies for various causes.”

Learn more about U.S. visa interviews.

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