Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 02041134 (posted Apr. 11, 2002)"
WASHINGTON – The Immigration &
Naturalization Service’s (INS) has announced that the Canadian Border Boat
Landing Program shall be resumed with additional security enhancements.
The INS suspended the Canadian Border Boat
Landing Program after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Due to enhanced
security measures along our borders, both the Canadian Border Boat Landing
Permits (Form I-68) and the Outlying Area Reporting Stations (OARS) programs
have been modified for the 2002 boating season.
Only the current Form I-68, revised January 31,
2002, will be accepted this season. The Form I-68 will not be renewable by mail.
Each applicant must appear in person for inspection, interview, and a name query
against the Interagency Border Inspection System (IBIS). The names and dates of
birth of children less than 14 years of age must be listed on one or both
parents’ Form I-68. If approved, a three-part Form I-68 will be issued to each
applicant age 14 years and older. Each part of Form I-68 will bear the
photograph and fingerprint of the applicant. The fees for both individuals and
families will remain the same.
Under the Form I-68 program, applicants for
admission into the United States by small pleasure boats are inspected and
issued a single boating permit for the entire boating season. This permit
enables them to enter the United States from Canada for recreational purposes
without the need to report to INS for further inspection. United States citizens
or lawful permanent residents and Canadian citizens or landed immigrants of
Canada are eligible to apply for Form I-68. For those who are not United States
Citizens (USCs) or lawful permanent residents of the United States, Form I-68
authorizes admission within the immediate shore area of the United States for no
more than 72 hours at a time.
Boaters not in possession of a valid Form I-68
must either report in person for inspection at a port-of-entry or utilize one of
the 33 OARS videophone stations each time they apply for admission to the United
States. Under the OARS program, videophones installed at public marinas along
the Canadian border provide an automated inspection service enabling two-way
visual and audio communication between the inspector and the applicant for
admission. Any non-USC who does not comply with these procedures will be subject
to adverse actions under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Further information on the northern border small
boat inspections program may be obtained from the INS Internet site located at http://www.immigration.gov/graphics/lawenfor/bmgmt/inspect/oars.htm
or by calling a local port-of-entry.