Phoenix, AZ asked in Immigration Law for California

Q: Im a US Permanent Resident but every time I go on vacation overseas and return Im always sent t secondary at the airport

Resident since 2007, zero criminal records, every time at the airport Im send to secondary. No questions but they make me wait like 10 minutes. Last time I had to ask. In 1996 I was a tourist and overstayed 3 more months. My friends dad worked for immigration and called agents on me. I was granted to leave not deported. But they made me wait i guess in a jail for the next plane for a week. They said their system is trigger everytime and they just wanna check I don't have any criminal records. Is not fair since Im not a criminal. I heard that attorneys can help clear that up so my name doesn't trigger their system.

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA

A: Sorry to hear about this. However it sounds like the type of case that you need to talk with an immigration lawyer about before another overseas trip. You should take all documents related to the case where you waited in jail for a week. The lawyer will look at everything and advise about what is a good way to go. Good luck.

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