Global View - Immigration and Customs (C0347)

A:  Good afternoon, passport and arrival card please.
B:  Here you are.
A:  Where are you coming from?
B:  China.
A:  Is this your country of birth or residence.
B:  I just work there.
A:  What is the purpose of your visit to the United States?
B:  I’m here on vacation.
A:  How long do you plan to stay in the United States?
B:  Almost three weeks.
A:  Sir, you didn’t fill out the information on your arrival card of where you will be staying.
B:  Oh, I’m sorry, but there are a couple of different places I will travel to within the United States, so I wasn’t sure what to put.
A:  You must specify an address of the place where you will spend most of your time.
B:  Ok, here you are.
A:  Do you have enough means to support yourself while you are here?
B:  Yes. I have some travellers cheques and two credit cards.
A:  Very good. Do you have anything to declare?
B:  Nope. I only have my clothes and camera!
A:  Very well sir, welcome to the United States, enjoy your visit.

Key Vocabulary

passportA form of identification that allows someone to travel.
arrivaln act of arriving; a coming
residencethe place, esp. the house, in which a person lives or resides; dwelling place; home
travellera person or thing that travels.
declareto state something officially
purposereason for doing something
vacationhave holidays

Supplementary Vocabulary

metal detectoran electronic device for detecting the presence of metal objects
luggagebaggage such as suit cases and personal belongings.
Terroista person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.
body scannera device that virtually strip searches a person in order to look for hidden objects without physically removing clothes or making physical contact

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