With all of the inconsistencies of immigration and border policy that are now the norm in the United States, it’s important to know what your rights and responsibilities are when crossing the border. There are many reasons why it pays to be aware as it can save you a hassle, and can help avoid potentially uncomfortable situations with a border patrol officer. It’s important to be aware of your rights, especially if you are a person of color, so that no one can take advantage of your ignorance to bar you from the country or detain you for prolonged periods of time. Take a look at a few of these tips below which will help make your upcoming border crossing stress free.
1. Know what documents to have ready
Regardless if you’re crossing the border by air or by land, it’s important to know exactly what documents you need to be able to enter the United States. Depending on which country you’re entering from, this will probably mean a passport and/or visa. In addition to having the passport, you also have to make sure that it will not expire within six months of your last day in the country. This is a common rule all over the globe and most North American countries are extremely strict about enforcing this.