If an immigration officer takes you to a room and questions you at the airport have you been detained?

Asked over 2 years ago - Pittsburgh, PA

If an immigration officer beleives that you are coming to America to live and takes you and questions you and you are denied entry and your visa revoked did you committ a crime or an offense? Were you detained ?

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  1. Hassan Hussein Elkhalil

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . No you did not commit a crime. Immigration law is civil and not criminal. The fact that the officer stopped you at the airport, questioned you, revoked your visa and denied entry is not a criminal offense. However, the revoking of the visa and denial of entry have immigration consequences that may impact your ability to obtain a visa or re-enter the U.S.

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  2. Dhenu Mitesh Savla


    Contributor Level 17


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . I agree with my colleague.

    Dhenu Savla
    SwagatUSA, LLC
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  3. Elizabeth Clare Surin


    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . Not a crime and not detained in the sense of being put in jail. But you would need to review what paperwork was given to you. Consult a lawyer if in doubt.

    An attorney-client relationship is not formed by my responses to questions on Avvo. My responses are not intended... more
  4. Luis Alberto Guerra


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . 1) The moment you are not free to leave you are detained.
    2) As far as your second question, it depends on the reason of the revocation.

    Law Office of Luis A. Guerra (954) 434-5800. This answer is of a general nature and should not be relied upon as... more

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