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Odd questions by Immigration

Old May 15, 07, 11:28 pm
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Originally Posted by gglave View Post
A number of times I've told US Border Officials "I work for Company X" and they reply "How come I've never heard of it?"

I never really know how to answer that question in a respectful way. Usually I say "I not really sure."
Shouldn't be too difficult, e.g.,

"It's a small company."

"You're not working in our field."

"Hardly anyone knows it outside the filed of..."


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Old May 16, 07, 1:40 pm
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Interestingly, the complaint form, that I had to fight with a supervisor for, had a box saying "abuse of authority". seems to happen a lot then I guess.
what was the outcome of the complaint?

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Old May 16, 07, 1:43 pm
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Miami Immigration asked my eight year old son if he had a girlfriend. When he said no, he said "Good. They cost too much money".
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Old May 16, 07, 9:51 pm
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does anybody know exactly what shows up on the "electronic profile" when the passport gets scanned? Does the US have a record of border crossings outside the US? Thanks.
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Old May 16, 07, 10:17 pm
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Originally Posted by bhmlurker View Post
Being an Asian naturalized citizen, I've noticed this trend:

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The Asian version of Ma and Pa Kettle, with 2 huge suitcases or cardboard boxes per person, plus 2 carry-on bags - now they always get sent for secondary screening post-customs. Maybe they failed to answer questions correctly.

Back when I traveled with my parents, no matter how we adhere to rules and answer correctly, albeit with accented English, it seems if you have too much luggage and aren't fluent, you get secondary bag searched!
Were these agricultural, or customs screenings (or both)?
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Old May 17, 07, 7:15 am
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I have upon entry, frequently been asked "are you carrying a large quantity of money?"

Since large is a relative term, I always answer "no". after all, what's 20 grand to a guy like me?

have also been checked and patted down more than once at LHR and asked about "large sums of cash" when leaving.
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Old May 17, 07, 8:55 am
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Originally Posted by slawecki View Post
I have upon entry, frequently been asked "are you carrying a large quantity of money?"

Since large is a relative term, I always answer "no". after all, what's 20 grand to a guy like me?

have also been checked and patted down more than once at LHR and asked about "large sums of cash" when leaving.
What is it about you that provokes this sort of question? Big diamond ring? Extra nice suit? Using $100 bills to light your cigar?
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Old May 17, 07, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K View Post
Were these agricultural, or customs screenings (or both)?
Mostly agricultural. The food rule coming into the US from Taiwan has always been quite strange:

Bakery products are ok.
No raw fruits. Dried fruits are ok.
No raw poultry or fish. Cooked poultry or fish are ok.
Beef and pork are never ok.

So a plate of fried rice with chicken or shrimp would pass, but not with beef. By the way, none of this is specifically told to passengers.

My mother once returned TPE-ANC with a small red plastic jewelry case (common in Asia). The jewelry was given to a relative as present, and she kept the case. Customs officer asked her if she brought back any jewelry, and when she said no (albeit with poor English), she was sent for a cavity search, sans translator. That experience scarred her for life in terms of flying.

I guess there must be a lot of jewelry smugglers from Asia, or something.
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Old May 17, 07, 12:09 pm
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Originally Posted by BamaVol View Post
What is it about you that provokes this sort of question? Big diamond ring? Extra nice suit? Using $100 bills to light your cigar?
I'm 70, sorta fat, and travel in comfort. very baggy clothes, soft shoes, don't groom too well. could easily pass for cat draggings.
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Old May 17, 07, 12:30 pm
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I am often asked by UK immigration if I'm planning on staying in the country longer than 3 months, if I am planning on living there, etc. My husband is British, so I guess it's a fair question. My favorite exchange:

"What is the reason for your visit?"

"I'm visiting family."

"What family do you have here?"

"My in-laws live in Dorking."

"Where is your husband?"

"He's here already, I'm meeting him in the arrivals hall."

"Are you planning on staying in the UK permanently?"

"No."

"Why not?"

"It's too expensive. I can't afford to live here."

"Neither can I. I wish I could emigrate."

THUNK of entry stamp and I'm on my way...
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Old May 17, 07, 1:03 pm
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Originally Posted by seekingsun View Post
what was the outcome of the complaint?
Last edited by richard : Yesterday at 3:37 pm.

What the heck is that?? Any reason my posting was deleted by a mod and replaced with a question instead, so that the posting does not make any sense at all anymore?
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Old May 17, 07, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by slawecki View Post
I'm 70, sorta fat, and travel in comfort. very baggy clothes, soft shoes, don't groom too well. could easily pass for cat draggings.

Who knows where they come up with their profiles?

I used to travel with an uptight straight-laced clean-shaven boss who'd dress in suit and tie. At the time, I was raggedy and travelled in comfort. He got stopped at customs every time while I waltzed through. I loved it.
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Old May 17, 07, 6:15 pm
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Immigration: "Does your company give bonuses?"

Me: "Yes."

I: "How'd you do?"

M: "Great, thanks."

Or

I: "Do you own any firearms?

M: "Yes."

I: "What kind?"

M: "An X and a Y"

I: "Do you have any ammo with you?"

M: "No."

Stares at me for about 10 seconds. I stare back.

I: "Okay, go ahead."
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Old May 17, 07, 7:02 pm
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If they want to test the reaction of people they should throw out the occasional

"how man twinkies have your eaten today"
or
"who's buried in Grants tomb"
or my favorite

"whats the frequency Kenneth"

someones gotta know the answer to that question
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Old May 17, 07, 8:22 pm
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Odd Questions

Those last few really had me laughing.

This is one of my favorites, at the customs checkpoint at TBIT:

CO: Can I help you?
PAX: US Citizen
CO: Excuse me?
PAX: I'm a US Citizen
CO: Okay, are you trying to get out of here?
PAX: Yeah, I'm a US Citizen
CO: Okay, do you have anything to declare?
PAX: No, I didn't buy anything. I'm a US Citizen

And it just went on and on and on
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