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Will I Be Arrested When I Reenter the U.S. Because of My Bad Debt?

Written by Steve Rhode

“Dear Steve,

I am Turkish citizen. I stayed five years in the States for master and doctoral education. I had a scholarship from my government and was together with my three kids and wife. Only one semester, I worked in campus as a research assistant and got a social security ID.

After graduation I came back to my country and started to work. Unfortunately, I left the US with some credit card debts. Currently, my salary doesn’t let me a chance to pay back for them. Honestly, this gives me so much pain. Time to time, I got some chances to apply for a position on UN System in New York, but, the debt that I left there is big question in my mind. I don’t know the laws and what the best way is to follow. One day when I start to earn enough money I want pay back them all.

My question is that if I come to the US for a job interview or for an academic activity what should expect? What should I do for the debt from now on? Thanks in advance. Take care.



Dear Hasan,

You will not have any problems reentering the U.S. to visit or interview.

Please post your responses and follow-up messages to me on this in the comments section below. Let me know if you move back to the U.S. and we can deal with the old debts then.

Until then, don’t worry about it.


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Steve Rhode

Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.

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