Know your rights: What to do if you are detained at a port of entry (lawful permanent residents)

All people arriving at the U.S. border or a port of entry have basic rights, but like all international travelers, Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) are subject to inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when arriving at an airport or land port of entry. If questions arise and CBP is unable to admit you quickly, you may be taken to a separate area for “secondary inspection.”

If you are detained by CBP in secondary inspection, you have rights! Please review the Know Your Rights brochure prepared by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and contact the Visa Office with any questions.