CBP Turns Away Ukraine and Lithuanian Travelers at PIT Airport for Violating US Immigration Laws

CBP Turns Away Ukraine and Lithuanian Travelers at PIT Airport for Violating US Immigration Laws

CBP urges all international visitors to ensure they possess the appropriate U.S. travel visa for the purpose of their visit

As the summer travel season begins in earnest, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) urges all international visitors to ensure they possess the appropriate U.S. travel visa for the purpose of their visit.

Two women learned that lesson this weekend at Pittsburgh International Airport after being charged as U.S. immigration law violators.

On June 8, a 26-year-old Lithuanian woman applied for admission to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.  During her inspection, CBP officers determined that she overstayed her visit in 2016.  She also admitted that she worked in the U.S. without permission during 2017.  She will need a U.S. travel visit for future visits to the United States.

On Saturday, a 46-year-old Ukrainian woman presented a U.S. travel visa and applied for admission to the United States to attend a jewelry workshop in San Francisco.  During her inspection, CBP officers identified numerous misspellings in a workshop invitation letter and she subsequently admitted that she altered a letter from the previous year. CBP officers confirmed with the workshop host that the workshop invitation letter was not authentic and that he was not holding any workshops in San Francisco during June. Additionally, CBP officers discovered numerous personal certificates and diplomas in the Ukrainian woman’s baggage.

CBP officers determined that both women were intending immigrants not in possession of an immigrant visa and allowed them to withdrawal their application for admission. The women were returned to their last point of embarkation.

“Identifying two immigration violations in Pittsburgh is unusual and we urge all foreign visitors to ensure they have the correct travel visa, if necessary, for their visit” said Susan Anderson, CBP Port Director, Port of Pittsburgh.

CBP's Office of Field Operations lead’s the agency’s border security mission at 328 air, land and sea ports of entry. Field Operations officers enforce all applicable U.S. laws, including illegal immigration, narcotics smuggling and illegal importation, and by CBP agriculture specialists, who protect U.S. agriculture from the introduction of pests or disease from overseas sources.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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