You know what it’s like when you arrive in a new country.
You’re tired, delirious and confused, and then you gotta line up and shuffle your way through passport control, where an immigrations officer stares you down and questions you over the length and intention of your stay.
Sometimes it’s easy and you scoot through without any worries, sometimes they ask for more details, and occasionally, if they’re really suspicious, they take you away for a lengthy private grilling.
I’ve never experienced the latter, but I’ve heard it happening to other Aussie travellers entering the USA, even when their intentions were completely above board (ie not trying to sneak in for an extended, cash-job stay).
So why do some people get interrogated and others don’t?
I believe it comes down to being assertive. [Read more...]