Question: My Mom got her green card visa approved from the Mumbai consulate in India. She wants to see my brother in Dubai UAE before she comes here. Can she board a flight from Dubai or she has to come directly from India? Will there be any problem for her at the port of entry in the US or even boarding a flight out from Dubai as she has her unopened visa packet that she will have to give to the border security agent at the US port of entry?

Answer: There are no restrictions on stopping anywhere en route but please be aware that there is a heightened scrutiny related concerns and checks on all passengers coming either from or through Middle East. Your mother should be prepared to answer more questions about her visit to Dubai as well as have her personal gadgets checked when she enters to US.