We have represented numerous foreign nationals who visit Niagara Falls from the U.S. side and cross the pedestrian bridge over the Niagara gorge for a better view of Niagara Falls. To their surprise, when they attempt to cross back to the U.S. they are inspected by U.S. immigration. Questions often arise:
1. I never intended to leave the U.S. and never entered Canada.
True, but you did in fact cross the U.S. border and are subject to inspection.
2. What is an inspection?
You will be asked to provide proof of your status in the U.S., e.g., proof of citizenship, proof of permanent resident status, or valid visitor status.
3. What do I need to show my permanent resident status?
See our permanent resident status page.
4. What do they find out about me in the inspection process?
Whether you have valid status to enter the U.S.
Whether you are inadmissible to the U.S..