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I have a client who was refused entry to the US re INA 217.

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I have a client who was refused entry to the US re INA 217. Is there a way to find out what is the underlying problem?
JA: Have you filed any paperwork with the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) yet?
Customer: No
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: I am a lawyer, but not an immigration lawyer.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: The subject is a citizen of Germany. I believe he may have overstayed a visa sometime in the past, but not sure.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 1 year ago.

Due to security/privacy laws, U.S. Customs and Border Protection cannot tell you the reason for your denial of ESTA authorization. However some of the most common reasons are as follows:

  • On a previous visit, you stayed in the U.S. longer than you were authorized.
  • On a previous visit, you came as a visitor, but engaged in unauthorized work.
  • You were previously denied entry or a visa to the U.S.
  • You answered incorrectly to another VWP eligibility question.
  • You are using a passport number for a passport that you previously reported lost or stolen (but later found).