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Pittsburgh CBP Encourages Mixed-Nationality Couples to Immigrate Lawfully to the United States

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UK Man Moving to Ohio for Love is Returned Home

PITTSBURGH – Today’s world is more global and accessible, and that’s making it easier for people across oceans to meet.  However, when relationships build to the point of marriage, there are lawful ways to immigrate to the United States for marriage.  A 27-year-old United Kingdom man learned that lesson Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

The man, whose identity U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) won’t reveal because he has not been criminally charged, arrived to Pittsburgh International Airport from Iceland.  During his arrivals inspection, CBP officers learned that he traveled to the United States to marry an Ohio woman he met online and intended to move to the U.S.

CBP officerThe problem with that is that he traveled under the Visa Waiver Program, which does not permit foreign citizens to immigrate to the United States.

“The internet makes it easier for citizens of different countries to develop deep personal relationships online.  Customs and Border Protection encourages all travelers interested in moving to the United States to know our nation’s rules governing lawful immigration to the United States,” said Susan Anderson, CBP Port Director for the Port of Pittsburgh.

CBP had the man detained at a local facility until he can depart on a flight back to Iceland.

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“As the nation’s border security agency, Customs and Border Protection is charged with enforcing hundreds of laws and regulations at our nation’s international ports of entry, including U.S. immigration law,” said Casey Owen Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore, the agency’s operational commander in the mid-Atlantic region.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations

CBP's border security mission is led at our nation’s international ports of entry by CBP officers and agriculture specialists from CBP’s Office of Field Operations. 

More than a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers into the U.S.  In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, immigration law violators, and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong.

Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders.

Learn more about what CBP did during "A Typical Day" in 2016.

Learn more about CBP at CBP.gov.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021