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I am on H1-B and...
I am on H1-B and in this country for the past 12 years. I exit and enter US without any issues so far. NEVER convicted or arrested. However, last week when I entered SFO from India, CBP officer asked multiple times if I was arrested before and after my denial he sent me to secondary inspection. he was of course very rude and said, "If you were lying, it would have grave consequences". After 15 min wait at the secondary inspection, officer asked me one more time if i were ever arrested and stamped my entry.I am absolutely positive that i was never arrested and want to know what's happening here in this case.
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I'm so sorry this happened. Unfortunately there is no way for me or any other attorney to know for sure what is the reason that happened. Sometimes CBP is just suspicious due to something you say or do and no actual basis. If you are sure that you have not been given even a traffic ticket in the US, then it could just be a mix up on CBP's side or again, it could just be the officer's suspicion for not specific reason. CBP officers are given tremendous discretion at the port of entry to question aliens.

If you feel that you were mistreated, you can definitely file a complaint against them here https://help.cbp.gov/app/forms/complaint

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you Jen for the answer. I was quite surprised too. He just asked me where i work and what visa i work on and then asked if i was ever arrested. The way he spoke, made me feel he wants me to confirm that I was and my answer did not help him much.What i really want to know or get help form you is if someone abused my name or passport number? Similar to identify theft? I am only trying to see that this is a corner case and not something that is on my name records. I am sure that i was NEVER arrested. I will surely try to file a compliant but any other details would help (if you can).Thank you.

Besides the complaint, you should also file a redress with DHS in case they have incorrect information or there has been identity theft. You can file that here https://trip.dhs.gov/

I hope this helps additionally and hope you can kindly issue a good rating.

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