If your nonimmigrant visa (i.e. B-1/ B-2, F-1, etc.) is revoked by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) Agency at a U.S. Port-of-Entry, it means that the CBP Officer determined that you are inadmissible to enter the United States.  Once your nonimmigrant visa is canceled, you will not be allowed to enter the country and under most circumstances, you will be placed on the first available flight back to your point of origin, or made to return across a land border. The CBP can revoke your nonimmigrant visa for a number of reasons.  Some of the more common reasons include the following:

  1. Ineligibility or Inadmissibility: Despite having a valid nonimmigrant visa, it was determined that you fall under the grounds of inadmissibility such as having a criminal record or unauthorized work during a prior stay in the United States.
  2. Misrepresentation: If you provided false or misleading information on your DS-160 application when you applied for your nonimmigrant visa, it may result in your visa being canceled and subsequent refusal of entry into the United States.
  3. Failure to Comply with Visa Conditions: If you violated the terms of your nonimmigrant visa during a prior visit such as engaging in certain activities that are not authorized by your specific category, this can lead to a revocation at the Port-of-Entry.
  4. Security Concerns: If CBP determines that you are a security risk or a threat to public safety, your nonimmigrant visa may be revoked.

Because a nonimmigrant visa is not a guarantee of being able to enter the United States, being refused at the Port-of-Entry happens from time-to-time. Depending on the specific reasons for the refusal, there are also other potential consequences including a temporary or even permanent ban from entering the United States on a future nonimmigrant or immigrant visa. In addition, because a foreign national who has been refused entry is not considered to have entered the United States, there is no right to appeal the decision.

If you find yourself in a situation where your nonimmigrant visa has been revoked and you are being sent back to your point of origin, it is important to consult with an experienced U.S. immigration attorney who can advise and help you understand your options and available remedies.

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