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Old November 11th, 2002, 10:19 AM
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Exclamation Travel Warning : Nightmare at INS POE for H1B Applicant!

Maybe old news but still applicable

Many people have travel plans for the upcoming holidays. For those of you traveling from overseas, we recommend the exercise of common sense combined with extreme caution when applying for reentry into the U.S. On Nov. 2, 2001, we reported an incident involving innocent inquiries by an engineer on a long haul flight regarding the operation of an airplane emergency door. The NewsBrief, entitled Restrain your Curiosity when Traveling! – A Cautionary Tale is available on MurthyDotCom. We now have learned of an incident where an otherwise innocuous business card resulted in an H1B applicant's having been denied entry into the U.S.

The applicant had been working in the U.S. on valid H1B status. He traveled out of the country for the Thanksgiving holiday, in November 2001, to attend a friend's wedding in Italy. The return flights were diverted from originally being Washington, D.C. to San Francisco to instead come into Chicago and then go on to San Francisco. Upon his return, the INS officer at the Chicago Port of Entry (POE) noticed that the H1B applicant had a business card with him. The INS officer asked to see the business card. Apparently, the business card was for a side business / hobby which the H1B visa applicant hoped to pursue upon obtaining appropriate employment authorization document (EAD). The I-485 had been filed about a month earlier, so the person was expecting the EAD within the next month or two.

After asking some questions, the INS officer at the Port of Entry determined that the alien was probably violating the terms of the H1B status by intending to work without authorization. The H1B applicant was a professional who was working for the H1B employer and had maintained status throughout his life. He had attended a weekend photography course at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He repeatedly pointed out to the INS officer that he had never worked for the photography business, that he had just put some details up on the website about 5 days earlier, and that he was hoping to do some studio shots as a photographer and as a hobbyist in the future. The INS officer refused to allow the H1B visa applicant the right to use his cellular telephone to contact an attorney or call any friends, forced him to sign a statement that he intended to work in the U.S., threatening to put him into detention if he did not sign the statements to that effect. The H1B applicant was denied entry to the U.S. and chose the option of buying an expensive, one-way ticket, rather than spending a night in an INS detention facility. He was returned on the next flight back to his home country of India.

In light of this and similar post-9/11 incidents, we remind our MurthyBulletin and MurthyDotCom readers that your luggage and belongings are always subject to search. This is even more prevalent since September 11th, as part of INS increased security measures. Out of an abundance of caution, it is better to assume that all of your personal items will be searched. We have heard of situations where letters and photographs were used against people to deny them entry into the U.S. It is recommended that travelers pack as lightly as possible and limit their carry-on luggage to those items that are absolutely necessary. This is both a practical solution to avoid lengthy waiting for check in at the security gates and should assist in smooth processing upon reentry to the U.S.

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Old November 11th, 2002, 10:29 AM
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Unhappy Akkal se pedal

I used to laugh when some desi friend says, this gora are 'akkal se pedal', but now i believe on it.

they r giving more and more trouble to law abiding, maximum tax paying foreign worker, but same time those sleeping al-quaida cell, and many of those puki terrorist whose working here as cab driver are living and working silently without any problem.

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Old November 11th, 2002, 10:44 AM
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I used to laugh when some desi friend says, this gora are 'akkal se pedal', but now i believe on it.

they r giving more and more trouble to law abiding, maximum tax paying foreign worker, but same time those sleeping al-quaida cell, and many of those puki terrorist whose working here as cab driver are living and working silently without any problem.

That is fine.. but agterall they control who stays and who goes.
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Old November 11th, 2002, 10:49 AM
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Hmm... will they deport all that quickstar and amway guys who carry a wallet load of their so called "business" card? I wonder.. will it be safe to walk into a desi grocery store without fear of the unknown ever?
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Old November 11th, 2002, 10:57 AM
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Hmm... will they deport all that quickstar and amway guys who carry a wallet load of their so called "business" card? I wonder.. will it be safe to walk into a desi grocery store without fear of the unknown ever?
salesmen are real pests.. I would like it if KMart, WalMart, and other stores stop these individuals from lurking around in their stores.
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Ronit, I disagree. If a person is asking about how the emergency door of an airline works, it would be alarming if the authorities do not take note.
It was barely a year ago when the worst terrorist attack was done on the US soil and was done using airplanes. There also have been a couple of incidents after that. The airline employees have to be aware of any small odd behaviour made by a passenger. How are they to know whether the passenger is asking about the emergency door just for the sake of curiosity or is plotting some sinister plan.

Yes, I agree you might laugh saying that what can a man do by opening an emergency door. But just imagine, a little more than a year ago people would have laughed if someone said that there would be a major terrorist attack using commercial passenger aircraft. Anything is possible and I think that the authorities did the right thing by interrogating the passenger.
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I agree with Attorney Sheela Murthy's advise

Better to keep your trap shut in these days of post 9/11.

Look at it this way - Say a Pathan was the cause of some terrorism in Indian aricraft. Now next time a person looking similar to a Pathan started asking questions about safety doors, etc... what do you think will the reaction be? All the things like being neutral and not racially profile go out the window when fear and apprehension take over.

Who could have imagined that a white man was trying to loght his shoes to blow up a plane after 9/11.

So better to be cautious than sorry.
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Re: Akkal se pedal

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I used to laugh when some desi friend says, this gora are 'akkal se pedal', but now i believe on it.

they r giving more and more trouble to law abiding, maximum tax paying foreign worker, but same time those sleeping al-quaida cell, and many of those puki terrorist whose working here as cab driver are living and working silently without any problem.

o akkal se paidal, us airhostess ko kyaa pataa ki banda desi hai ya pakistani ..... saint hai yaa terrorist ..... aadmi hai yaa suar

I think she did the right thing ..... waise agar banda out-of-status ho to khud hi careful rehna chahiye
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