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Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq., Immigration Lawyer
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If a tourist incurred medical bills while in the US, but did

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If a tourist incurred medical bills while in the US, but did not pay for them and it was referred to a collection agency, is it likely that this matter would be referred to immigration? would this tourist, if entering the US at a later date, risk detention for the unpaid bills?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq. replied 8 years ago.

It is unlikely that this person would be reported to immigration. As long as there was no fraud involved or any other crime was committed, then immigration will most likely never know about it.

 

Also, even if immigration were to find out about it, it would not be a reason not to admit the person into the U.S., again, as long as there was no fraud or criminal activity involved.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.

thank you so much - just so I can be clear - just lack of payment of bills is not fraudulent or criminal and would therefore not be something that border control would "flag" upon entry into the US

Expert:  Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq. replied 8 years ago.

Correct. This is not a crime and thus not something that would make you inadmissible.

 

Here is a link to the document if you want to read through the whole long thing:

 

http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/ineligibilities/ineligibilities_1364.html

 

Expert:  Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq. replied 8 years ago.
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