Rio Rancho, NM asked in Immigration Law for New Mexico

Q: Is it legal for an office to deny you're entry to the US for no specific reason?

Hello, My grandmother is from Mexico and she tends to visit us twice a year... she has a visa but she has had problems with an immigrant officer every single time she comes to the US, she has been denied entry to the US now twice. The last time she was granted permission to come to the US was for 6 months which she only stayed a week ...she was granted this permission just 2 months ago, so she has 4 'months left , she just come into the US from Mexico today and the immigrant officer cancelled the 4 months left and only let her stay for 1 week. She has done this several times and she's done it to other people, is that legal?

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Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL

A: A visa does not grant a person entrance into the USA. A visa only gives a person the right to approach the border and request admission. A Boarder Patrol Officer has the authority to grant or deny admission and determine the period of time a person may remain in the USA without incurring unlawful status. When an officer suspects that there may be an intention to remain in the USA as an immigrant when a person has a non immigrant visa s/he will often revoke or shorten the period of stay granted. It is also common that the officer will limit the period of stay to the time necessary for the purpose of the visit. Yes. This is legal.

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