Question 38


38. Do you seek to enter the United States to engage in export control violations, subversive or terrorist activities, or any other unlawful purpose? Are you a member or representative of a terrorist organization as currently designated by the U.S. Secretary of State? Have you ever participated in persecutions directed by the Nazi government of Germany; or have you ever participated in genocide?

You’ve gotta be a bit more subtle than that…


  • Now that is hilariously ridiculous. I’m so proud of our department of state… ask a question that makes no sense. The innocent answer no… the guilty won’t answer yes.

  • I suggest they ask: “are you planning to blow yourself up at any point while in the states?”. But I’m curious to know why they mentioned Germany alone?

  • Well it would be interesting to see what happens if you answer the part about the Nazi Government with a Yes, and being born in the 1940s onwards, in the middle east or anywhere but Germany.

  • OK let me rephrase it and make it less funny …
    “Do you seek to enter the United States to engage in any unlawful purpose?” – so that begs the question what is exactly unlawful? and do you know about it?

    Depending on how you answer that question you might actually make it through the interview under certain circumstances if you answered with a “YES” while if you lied and answered with “NO” and they found out then you mightl be permanently ineligible.
    Those question are well crafted i think because at first insight they encourage a guilty person to lie or dismiss them as a joke …. or so is my opinion.

  • Aaaaah yes, that word “Genocide” brings back many fond memories… i remember going to my first one at the tender age of 9, i bought red balloons and a Slush Puppie!
    I also made sure to take back home some cotton candy for the half dozen orphans i had locked up in a rusty cage in my room, boy were those bastards thankful….

    Bambam: i respect your opinion friend, but it doesn’t take a guilty person to laugh at that question and dismiss it as a joke.

  • I asked someone about it, they told me that in case you actually committed a terror act you’ll be charged an additional charge of lying on your visa application, which can add a few years to your 34598-year jail sentence

  • While this question is silly, it’s actually in place of the former question of if you are, or have eve been, part of a communist organization… Actually, the wording is EXACTLY the same- just with Communist in there were there now is terrorist. I think the Nazi question was always there…

    Russia had a similar question about capitalism for Americans entering the USSR….

    No matter what – don’t joke with this question! They actually will totally go after you! 🙂 (likewise, there were Americans that were detained in Russia after they decided to ‘test’ the question)

  • Now I’m tempted o apply just to answer this question: “Yes, I am all the above. I have a nuclear lab under my bed, I have the REAL Saddam hidng in my backyard and ‘m the one who framd Roger Rabbit”

  • Now I’m tempted o apply just to answer this question:

    I learned a long time ago that US government security people have no sense of humor. Feel free to fsck with them, but don’t expect them to forget your funny answers.

  • Touche @ Tero
    Haha, seriously I love how subtle Americans are, it’s hilarious!
    How about the Canadian citizenship? Similar questions :D! 3ashan a3ref where to apply :P.

  • i wonder to what extend do these questions, and airport security measures, harms the American’s tourism.. as for me, the USA doesn’t deserve my cash/time if i have to go through all that.. I’m not sure if a lot of people shares this feeling,e156g i sure do hope so.. because that’s really sick…

  • There’s a similar question on Australian visa forms, as well as “Have you ever been associated with or involved in a program related to the development of weapons of mass destruction?” haha. I’ve heard they put the question there because it’s easier to kick someone out of the country for lying on a visa form than it is to actually prosecute, convict and obtain deportation orders for the same crimes (different burden of proof, evidential requirements etc.)
    I’m waiting for them to add “Do you know where Osama Bin Laden is?”

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