Passport & Immigration Control

Immigration Officers monitor visitors arriving in a country. 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:

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.

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.

Text by Rebecca Marks & Jenny M Buccos.