Receiving a deferred inspection appointment notice can be a scary and traumatic event. Deferred inspection usually comes after you have spent a few hours, or perhaps many in secondary inspection at a sea or airport. Your first thoughts may be, what is deferred inspection? Why do I have to go there? What does it mean that I am “inadmissible.” Can I bring an attorney to the appointment? Should I bring an attorney with me to my deferred inspection appointment?
I recently worked through these questions with a client who has been a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. for 50 years and was confused and upset at the fact that immigration officers were giving him a hassle for something that happened over a decade prior. Lets start with the basics of what is deferred inspection.
When you are a lawful permanent resident of the United States you enjoy many rights and privileges regarding working, traveling and living in the United States that non-green cardholders do not have. However, having a green card is not the same as being a U.S. citizen and that is very obvious when green card holders travel from and return to the United States.