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Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

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Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

Hello,

My 15 year old son will be flying from San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, to L.A.X. by himself, he will be boarding another airplane on a different airline several hours later. I know my son, he is more mature and travel savvy than I am! But will he get problems when he goes through U.S. customs on his own? Like maybe they'll think he's running away from home or something like that?

Thank you.

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1. Re: Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

bump. a quick answer would be very helpful! need to get this figured out ASAP.

Do his mother and I have to provide him with some sort of documents we signed or something like that?

Help will be appreciated greatly!!! Thank you in advance!

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2. Re: Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

If a quick and accurate response is so necessary I would contact the authorities at LAX. Or have a look at the US immigration website. You can't be certain of getting a definitive reply here.

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3. Re: Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

You also need to check with the airlines jnvolved. Will they allow him to travel alone or will he be considered an unaccompanied minor?

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4. Re: Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

Will they allow him to travel alone or will he be considered an unaccompanied minor?

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I don't see why airlines should care about a 15yr old. I had boarding school friends who'd fly to and from school all over the world and would fly by themselves from a young age without airlines' assistance.

The US immigration stance could be different though.

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5. Re: Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

Knowing your son's citizenship and airline would be helpful. Some airlines will indeed require him to fly as an UM. Mexico requires any noncitizen to have notarized documentation giving him permission to leave/enter Mexico. Contact your closest Mexican Embassy for the most recent information.

Go to http://www.matamoros.usconsulate.gov and search there for information.

Edited: 09 September 2011, 15:21
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6. Re: Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

Link doesn't work that I provided, and I can't edit. Just go to the US Consulate page and search.

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7. Re: Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

Here you go: http://matamoros.usconsulate.gov/

no www required.

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8. Re: Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

Thank you for the response,

My son was born in Mexico but his mother and I are American so he has dual citizenship he has both passports and they are both up to date. On another forum someone told me that as a US citizen he can't legally be denied access. He is fifteen and on the airline that we have chosen he doesn't need the UM service.

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9. Re: Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

>>On another forum someone told me that as a US citizen he can't legally be denied access.<<

Please, please check with the authorities.

Do not take the word of strangers on a forum who may or may be aware of all the current regulations!

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10. Re: Can an unaccompanied 15 year old enter the US alone?

Does anyone know, who exactly I check with???

Thanks!