I am travelling to the USA next week. What questions does the Immigration officer ask when you arrive at the airport, and also: can they see that you once overstayed in Europe if you do not have an overstay stamp in your passport but just an exit stamp? My visa has already been approved.

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    I don't think asking about other-country overstays is a common question. If they do ask it, it may mean they know about your overstay, and are testing your honesty. – Patricia Shanahan Jun 20 '17 at 2:07
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    I'm voting to close this question because it has similar answers as UK Immigration officers arrivals interview questions – user 56513 Jun 20 '17 at 3:36
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    @PaulofOsawatomie you voted to close as off topic because duplicate of a question about a totally different country? Are you serious? Off topic because is a duplicate? – motoDrizzt Jun 20 '17 at 6:29
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    @motoDrizzt I voted as a duplicate. And yeah I am very serious. What is the material difference in questions asked visitors by immigration? Who said anything about off topic? – user 56513 Jun 20 '17 at 8:20
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    The fact that the answers are the same for different questions does not make the questions duplicates. What's the smallest denomination bank note issued by the Bank of England" : £5.00 and How much does coffee and a cake at restaurant X cost? : £5.00. Duplication comes from question content not the answer, here different countries might have different questions. – djna Jun 20 '17 at 8:56

The questions vary but there are several one which come up quite often:

  • Where are you going?
  • How long are you staying?
  • Where do you work?

These are by far the most common, but they also regularly ask:

  • Why are you going there?
  • Do you know anyone at the destination?
  • Who are you travelling with?

After starting with one of these questions, they usually follow up on your response. In my experience, if you volunteer more information than required, they usually ask more follow up question. Although a lot of follow up questions, come up naturally. If you respond that you are going to a conference, they can ask what type of conference or something like who is the sponsor?, who is paying for you conference? etc.

It is possible for them to ask about previous trips too but in my experience this almost never happens except if you have stamps from certain hot zones such as Afghanistan & North Korea, among others.

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  • I've been asked when I was last visiting the US -- with no reason to think it was anything but completely routine. – hmakholm left over Monica Jun 20 '17 at 9:25

You can probably expect landing interview questions like:

  • Where do you live?
  • Where are you going?
  • What do you plan to do there?
  • Where are you staying?
  • What do you do for a job?
  • When do you plan to leave the US?

If the officer does not like one of your answers, they can ask you an unlimited number of additional questions.

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