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  • CBP Launches H-2A/H-2B Exit Pilot Program in Arizona(252 KB - 12/11/2009)
    On 12/8/09, CBP launched an exit pilot program for H-2A/H-2B temporary workers at San Luis and Douglas land ports of entry in Arizona. H-2A and H-2B temporary workers will be required to scan their visa, scan their fingerprints, and return their I-94 form at an exit kiosk.
    AILA Doc. No. 09121132.
  • CBP Responds to False H1N1 Vaccination Requirement Rumor(226 KB - 12/9/2009)
    On 12/8/09, CBP addressed rumors regarding U.S. entry requirements and the H1N1 virus. Travelers do not need to present proof that they received the H1N1 flu vaccine in order to enter the U.S. as no such vaccination requirement exists.
    AILA Doc. No. 09120966.
  • CBP Information on Form I-192(60 KB - 12/7/2009)
    CBP issued information for Canadians on Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Non-Immigrant, and inadmissibility.
    AILA Doc. No. 09120768.
  • Transition to U.S. Immigration Law Begins in the CNMI(48 KB - 11/30/2009)
    On 11/28/09, the immigration laws of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) were replaced by the INA and other U.S. immigration laws. Although U.S. immigration law applies to the CNMI beginning 11/28/09, there will be a transition period with temporary measures ending 12/31/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 09113063.
  • CBP FY2009 in Review Fact Sheet(73 KB - 11/24/2009)
    CBP issued a FY2009 in Review Fact Sheet. According to the review, CBP personnel encountered more than 224,000 inadmissible aliens and apprehended more than 556,000 inadmissible aliens at and between air, sea and land ports of entry.
    AILA Doc. No. 09112474.
  • CBP Launches Pilot Program to Automate Arrival Form(54 KB - 11/12/2009)
    CBP announced the launch of a pilot program to automate the arrival/departure form (CBP Form I-94W) for Visa Waiver Program travelers from Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles International Airport.
    AILA Doc. No. 09111223.
  • DHS and Tohono O’odham Nation Agreement to Develop WHTI-Compliant Tribal Card(53 KB - 11/3/2009)
    On 11/3/09, DHS and the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona formalized an agreement to develop a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant Enhanced Tribal Card.
    AILA Doc. No. 09110366.
  • CBP Creates Electronic Reading Room to Increase Public Access to Documents(23 KB - 10/26/2009)
    CBP launched an upgraded CBP Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room designed to increase public access to agency records and documents. The site will feature records and documents formerly only available through FOIA request.
    AILA Doc. No. 09102663.
  • CBP Border Patrol Deputy Chief Announces Retirement(26 KB - 10/6/2009)
    U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief, Ronald S. Colburn, announced that he will retire in early November 2009. Colburn is the second highest ranking official in the U.S. Border Patrol.
    AILA Doc. No. 09100669.
  • DHS and Seneca Nation of Indians Agreement to Develop Enhanced Tribal Card(43 KB - 9/11/2009)
    On 9/10/09, CBP announced that DHS and the Seneca Nation of Indians formalized an agreement to develop a WHTI complaint Enhanced Tribal Card. The card will establish identity, tribal membership and citizenship for the purpose of entering the U.S. by land or sea.
    AILA Doc. No. 09091162.
  • Air Carriers to Update Visa Waiver Agreements for Guam and CNMI(376 KB - 9/10/2009)
    CBP will begin working with air carriers that provide service to Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to update their visa waiver agreements as a new visa waiver program for travel to Guam and the CNMI will be established under the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008.
    AILA Doc. No. 09091060.
  • CBP Hires Deputy Executive Director for Secure Border Initiative(32 KB - 9/4/2009)
    CBP announced the selection of Elizabeth Holden for the position of Deputy Executive Director for the Secure Border Initiative Program.
    AILA Doc. No. 09090461.
  • Border Patrol Begins Construction on SBInet Technology on Northern Border(34 KB - 9/4/2009)
    U.S. Border Patrol began construction 9/2/09 on the deployment of eleven Remote Video Surveillance Sites in Detroit as part of a CBP initiative to enhance the use of technology in securing the northern border against illegal cross-border activity.
    AILA Doc. No. 09090460.
  • CBP Automatic Revalidation Fact Sheet(35 KB - 6/19/2009)
    CBP Fact Sheet offering guidance on automatice revalidation for F-1, J-1 and M-1 nonimmigrants. Pursuant to 22 CFR 4 1.1 12 and 8 CFR 214.1 automatic revalidation applies to expired nonimmigrant visas of individuals who have been out of the U.S. for thirty days or less in contiguous territory.
    AILA Doc. No. 09061967.
  • CBP Reminder of Electronic Requirement for VWP Emergency or Temporary Passports(25 KB - 6/17/2009)
    CBP issued a reminder that effective 7/1/09, all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) emergency or temporary passports must be electronic passports (e-Passports) to be eligible for travel to the U.S. under the VWP.
    AILA Doc. No. 09061767.
  • CBP Reminder of New Border-Crossing Document Requirements(26 KB - 5/21/2009)
    CBP reminds travelers that under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), new document requirements go into effect on 6/1/09 for entry into the U.S. at land or sea ports.
    AILA Doc. No. 09052167.
  • CBP Plans to Modernize Land Ports of Entry(43 KB - 4/9/2009)
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that they will modernize land ports of entry with funding received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).
    AILA Doc. No. 09040963.
  • ESTA Information Sheet in Ten Languages (3/18/2009)
    A CBP information sheet for Visa Waiver Program travelers on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) in ten languages.
    AILA Doc. No. 09031865.
  • CBP Reminder on 6/1/09 Deadline for WHTI Document Requirements(50 KB - 3/18/2009)
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release reminds travelers that the next phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will go into effect at land and sea ports of entry on 6/1/09, requiring travelers to present an approved travel document to enter the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 09031861.
  • CBP and Kootenai Tribe Agreement to Develop ID Card for Border Crossing(232 KB - 3/4/2009)
    CBP and the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho signed a Memorandum of Agreement to develop an Enhanced Tribal Card, which will establish identity, tribal membership and U.S. citizenship for purposes of border crossing.
    AILA Doc. No. 09030462.
  • CBP Reminder of Coming Changes to Document Requirements at Border Crossings(231 KB - 1/7/2009)
    CBP reminds U.S. and Canadian citizens that on 6/1/09 the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will go into effect at land and sea ports of entry, requiring travelers – including U.S. and Canadian citizens – to present an approved travel document to enter the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 09010664.
 
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