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Inspections at the Border

Individuals seeking admission into the U.S. must demonstrate that they are eligible to enter the U.S. In order to be lawfully admitted into the U.S., individuals must be inspected by a CBP officer. Through the inspection process, CBP determines the admissibility of applicants for admission.

During an inspection at the border, a CBP officer will determine:

(1) Why you are coming to the U.S.;

(2) What documents are required for you to enter the U.S.;

(3) If you have the required documents;

(4) How long you should be allowed to remain in the U.S.; and

(5) If you are admissible or inadmissible.

CBP makes these determinations during processes called primary inspection and, if necessary, secondary inspection.

Read more about the inspection process.

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