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Friend who is a UK citizen arrived at DIA this evening, and immigration authorities will not let her leave the airport because she does not have a return ticket, told her she must return to the UK, and she is not allowed to purchase a return ticket while in the U.S. Is there nothing she can

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you filed any paperwork with the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) yet?

Is there nothing she can do to avoid having to return to U.K tomorrow?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

No.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

The U.K. person is my son's girl friend.

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ANSWER: Unfortunately, there isn't anything anyone can do. Border officers are required to presume that an individual entering the US as a visitor has immigrant intent; the burden of successfully rebutting that presumption lies with the applicant for entry. If she failed to meet the burden to the satisfaction of the border officer, he is well within his authority to detain her until the morning and send her back on the first available flight.

One of the ways that an individual can rebut that presumption is showing they have the intent to return when their stay ends. And the easiest, minimally persuasive way of showing this is with a return ticket. Without that, many officers turn visitors away from the US.

Unfortunately, she is just one of many people who has had to go through this type of experience. Even more unfortunate is the fact that there is no immediate remedy. She will have to leave the US and attempt to return in the future.

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