Miscategorized as a student visa violator
December 16, 2010 3:31 PM Subscribe
How to stop getting stopped when I legally enter the US with my Green Card? Immigration officers pull me out of line and claim I am a former student visa violator. But, they won't tell me how to learn more or fix this. Help!
posted by Doggiebreath to Law & Government (14 answers total)
I first came to the US when I was on a J-1 visa. I did everything by the book (as far I can tell). I moved back to my country (Finland) for a few years, then got a marriage-based Green Card. I thought everything was fine.
HOWEVER. Every single time I return to the US from a short trip abroad, I get pulled out of the immigration line, have to go to a back room, and sit there till they say I can go (with no info about what I supposedly have done wrong).
Today they finally slipped and said I am a "former student visa violator". How is this possible? I did everything I was supposed to do and never overstayed. They always eventually let me in, but this is really a problem. When I ask an officer what is wrong, they refuse to give me any more info or anyone to contact to clear this up.
The only scenarios I can think of are:
- the school I was at forgot to do some paperwork
- the institute of international education (IIE) who sponsors J-1s forgot or has something to do with it
- someone made a mistake in some computer somewhere
- some paperwork is missing somewhere (but why did I get a GC then?)
Any tips or people who have been in this situation before and how the heck to clear it up?