Inspection

The primary purpose of this inspection is to make sure that the applicant is qualified enough to merit entry into the United States as a student. The laws are drafted and regulated by the US Immigration and Nationality Act, and the CBP inspector at the entry points acts as the gatekeeper.

Follow the queue for non-citizens which lead up to the CBP inspector. The inspector then reviews all the documents. Will scan your fingerprints, shoot your photograph; have patience, this is a process which is necessary for identification purposes. Also, you may be asked few questions about your stay the purpose, and will also give you an opportunity to declare anything in your possession. (Discussed above).The CBP inspector will also keep the portion of Form I- 94 pertaining to the arrival part.

If after the initial screening, the CBP inspector has any concerns you may be sent for a second screening, for more extensive review. Do not panic, this is a very normal procedure.  An inspector can also be worried owing to your immigration intent, and you as students will have to convince the officials about your intent of not returning to your home country. The United States immigration law always wants concrete evidence that the students are not entering the country as immigrants. Normally this is not very tricky for students entering the United States.

It is the job of the CBP inspector to make sure that the student has an abode back home, if however, on many occasions the students are independent and want to lead a life of their own, this clause can be tweaked - the CBP inspector should then be convinced about the immediate plans of the student.

Another point of inspection is whether or not you are a bona fide student, qualified enough to carry out the entire course in any school. Irrespective of the reputation of the school that has enrolled you, the officers are more concerned about your intention. Also, you should be aware of the fact that the CBP inspectors maintain a list which they refer to while questioning. If your name is on that list, you might be further questioned.

Proficiency in English might be required, especially for F-1 students. If you are not fluent, the inspector will most probably contact the school where you are admitted into and ask your school about this and seek an explanation form them as to why this is not required.

And then the normal requirements take over about you being admissible, such as are there any criminal cases pending against you or your family, etc., and any previous instances of violation of immigration rules. If you believe that you may be pulled up for any of the mentioned infringements, it is advised to sort out these well before you enter the country. These legal issues take a lot of time to be resolved and you will be dragged into controversies that could have been avoided.

The CBP form I-94 Arrival/ Departure is an important document which contains your arrival as well as the time period of your stay in the United States.