Passports are required for every US citizen who travels to another country. Some countries require certain visitors, such as students and journalists, to obtain a visa for entering the country. A visa states how long the person can stay and whether they are permitted to work.

Immigration Officers monitor visitors arriving in a country and check. While most travellers are only in contact with Immigration Officers for a few minutes during their trip, they serve an important purpose.

Immigration Officers are stationed at airports, train stations, boat landings, and other places where people are able to enter a country. Upon arrival, an immigration officer will inspect visitors’ identity papers, typically a passport, indicating a person’s country of origin. They will ask a series of questions such as:

  • How long will you be staying?

  • What is the purpose of your visit?

  • Whom are you visiting?

These questions are asked to ensure that visitors plan to return to their home country. Immigration officers also receive people seeking asylum from persecution at home.