One of the most common reasons people seeking entry into the United States are turned around is because they are suspected of having, “immigrant intent.” We receive calls weekly from individuals that were turned away at the border because they could not establish ties to their home country or place of permanent residence. “Immigrant intent” is the intent to enter the United States permanently without the intent to return to one’s place of permanent residence. The United States will only allow individuals in certain circumstances to enter with “immigrant intent,” all others will be denied entry. The “immigrant intent” flag most commonly arises when individuals have spent significant amounts of time within the United States without returning to their home country, or, when seeking entry to visit a significant other, fiancé(e) or spouse.
Although a nonimmigrant always has the burden of proving nonimmigrant intent, once a person has been suspected of having “immigrant intent”, the burden increases and entry into the United States will be denied unless the person seeking entry can establish their nonimmigrant intent or can otherwise establish authorization to enter the United States. The “immigrant intent” flag can place a difficult burden on those seeking to enter the United States under TN status or those seeking entry for pleasure.
Being flagged with “immigrant intent” can put you in a difficult situation, but it is not the end of the world. We have experience helping individuals compile the necessary evidence in order to overcome the “immigrant intent” flag so that they can enter the United States to engage in employment and continue to visit the United States for pleasure. If you have received the infamous “immigrant intent” flag and were denied entry into the United States, we can help.
We regularly assist Canadian TN professionals, fiancé(e)s and visitors for pleasure, create nonimmigrant intent packets to overcome the “immigrant intent” flag and facilitate entry into the United States. Contact us today to see how we can help you.