Check Before You Travel

PASS has become aware of several instances where people have left the United States only to find they were not able to re-enter because of immigration and visa laws. People travel for many reasons such as caring for a sick family member abroad, visiting family or friends, or even going back to their country of origin to try to clear up immigration issues.

In today’s climate of immigration review, border enforcement and terrorism, travel can be a risk as far as re-entering the United States if your immigration issues are not completely worked out.

Furthermore, as stated in previous articles, some people discover they are not U.S. citizens until they apply for a U.S. passport. This means that they arrived in the U.S. as children but their immigration status was never adjusted.

Also, U.S. citizens traveling to seemingly close places like the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada, will now need U.S. passports to travel. Driver’s licenses or birth records will no longer suffice when re-entering the U.S.

Take the time to review your immigration status with an immigration attorney, before you leave the United States, just in case there is any possibility that an old immigration issue was not fully resolved or understood. You could very well be barred from re-entering the United States.

Polish American Social Services "PASS"
United Social Services Outreach Program
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