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How much time given at POE?

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Hi everyone,

I was just wondering if it's totally random how much time someone is given at POE from the officer for their stay on a tourist visa.

For example, if someone has a trip planned for 2 weeks, I've read the officer may give them less time for their trip or up to a 6 months stay (if they're not rejected completly, of course!). What's the max time an officer may grant someone?

Any insight to this from people with actual experience would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks :)

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The Customs Officers normally take into account a few things when admitting someone on a tourist visa and make a judgement based on the answers they receive. Normally they will ask where you are going, what you are doing and for how long. If they feel comfortable with your answers and there is no negative past history most people will receive the full 6 months. If the officer senses something is off with your story and just doesn't feel you need to have the 6 months based on your reason for coming to the US, you may get a shorter stay. There really is no exact formula, it's on a case by case basis.

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Customs has nothing to do with this, immigration decide on the period of entry, norm is 6 months, shortest I have seen is a day.


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Immigration, then you go to Customs. Well at every airport I have ever been through.


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Just an FYI from the Dept Of State website.

A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States. If you are allowed to enter the United States, the CBP official will provide an admission stamp or a paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record.

http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/entering-the-u-s-.html

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A good number of well-intentioned folks can't differentiate between 'customs' or 'immigration' when usually referring to CBP.

Even my well-traveled family members, on occasion "..when we got off the plane and reached Customs to hand our passports..", though they are aware of passport officers... baggage claim...customs officers drill.

The two terms end up being used interchangeably, though technically they refer to two distinct process officers.


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