Inspection occurs when you present yourself to an immigration officer for questioning at the port of entry (e.g. airport, seaport or land border).
How do I know if I have been admitted?
Admission occurs when the immigration inspector coveys to you that you are being allowing into the United States, usually after he has reviewed your passport and any visa, if required. The inspector will stamp your passport indicating that you have been admitted to the United States
How do I know if I have been paroled?
Some people are not "admissible" to the United States because they are not in possession of documents which allow for their admission (e.g. lack of a proper visa). An immigration officer has the discretion to "parole" an alien into the United States if it appears that the deficiency can be corrected in the foreseeable future. Also, in some cases it is possible to obtain "advance parole" prior to a departure from the United States to facilitate your parole upon your return. In either case the inspector will stamp your passport indicating that you have been paroled into the United States.
I was a passenger in an automobile that was entering the United States even though I did not have the proper documents to enter the U.S.
I was a passenger in an automobile that was entering the United States even though I did not have the proper documents to enter the U.S. When we got to the inspection booth the inspector spoke with the driver, but did not question any of the passengers (including me) and waived us through. Have I been inspected even though I didn't have proper documents?
So long as you did not make a false claim to U.S. citizenship during the inspection process you were inspected and admitted to the United States. The fact that you did not have any documents in your possession which allowed you to enter the U.S. is irrelevant.
I hid in the trunk of an automobile that was entering the United States.
I hid in the trunk of an automobile that was entering the United States. When we got to the inspection booth the inspector spoke with the driver, but did not know that I was hiding in the trunk and did not ask me any questions. Have I been inspected?
Since you purposely evaded the immigration officer at the port of entry you have not been inspected and are considered to have entered the U.S. without inspection (EWI).
I lost my passport and do not have proof of my inspection. How can I prove that I was inspected when I entered the United States?
By filing the appropriate application with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services you can request a search of their records and issuance of written documentation confirming your inspection.
I believe I was inspected by an immigration officer when I entered the United States even though I didn't have proper documentation.
I believe I was inspected by an immigration officer when I entered the United States even though I didn't have proper documentation. How do I prove that I was inspected?
Often in cases like this circumstantial evidence and detailed affidavits can allow you to prove that you were inspected by an immigration officer.
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