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New Development: DOS & CBP Release Additional Guidance on Travel Ban Following Monday’s Supreme Court Ruling

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court partially lifted the injunctions granted by the Fourth and Ninth Circuits on President Trump’s second Executive Order commanding a temporary travel ban. The Supreme Court narrowed the application of travel ban, which will now only apply to nationals from the six designated countries “who lack any bona fide … Continue Reading

BREAKING – Supreme Court of the United States Partially Lifts Injunctions Barring President Trump’s Travel Ban But Agrees to Hear Case in Fall of 2017

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States partially revived part of President Trump’s second Executive Order (EO-2)  mandating a temporary travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, which will be in effect on June 29, 2017. EO-2 also sought to suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and limit the … Continue Reading

New Travel Ban Order to Temporarily Halt Entry for Those Seeking New Visas from 6 Muslim-Majority Countries

The heavily anticipated new Executive Order (EO), “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” banning nationals from six countries from entering the United States, was signed by President Donald Trump on March 6, 2017 with an effective date 10 days following on March 16, 2017. This new EO revokes and replaces the … Continue Reading

CBP Implements EVUS Enrollment for Chinese National 10-Year B-1/B-2 Visa Holders

On Nov. 29, 2016, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented a requirement for all Chinese passport holders who carry a maximum validity (10-year) B1 (visitor for business) and/or B2 (visitor for pleasure) visa to have a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment before traveling to the United States. Our team previously discussed … Continue Reading

Online I-94 Application Now Available for Travelers at Land Ports of Entry

On Sept. 29, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it has enhanced the I-94 website for travelers arriving to the United States at land ports of entry.  Travelers now can apply and pay the $6 fee for their I-94 card online up to seven days prior to their entry. An I-94 form … Continue Reading

Chinese Passport Holders who have a 10-year B-1/B-2 visa must have valid EVUS enrollment beginning Nov. 29, 2016 to enter the United States

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that, beginning Nov. 29, 2016, all Chinese passport holders who carry a 10-year visa B-1 (business visitor) and/or B-2 (tourist visa) must have a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment when traveling to the United States.  Chinese passport holders who currently hold a 10-year B-1/B-2 … Continue Reading

e-Passport Mandatory for the Visa Waiver Program

On May 9, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a statement clarifying that as part of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, those individuals utilizing the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) with an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) to travel to the United … Continue Reading

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Provides Additional Guidance on Implementation of New Visa Waiver Program Law

This post updates our post from Jan. 22, 2016, concerning guidance released by the U.S. Department of State about implementation of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act. We have updated the post to provide a summary and link to additional information published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) concerning the … Continue Reading

CBP Launches Redesigned ESTA Website for Visa Waiver Program Visitors

On September 10, 2015, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched a redesigned website for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) visitors to apply for Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the United States. The VWP is administered by the Department of Homeland Security and enables citizens or nationals of 38 designated countries … Continue Reading

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Proposes New Biometric Identity Collection Program

As published in the Federal Register today, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is requesting comments on the introduction of a newly developed biometric-based entry and exit program. This program will be applied to non-exempt non-U.S. citizens entering and exiting the United States. According to the CBP, the purpose of this national security measure … Continue Reading

The Advent of Global Entry

Since its creation six years ago, the Global Entry program has been a success in the international travel environment, with significant growth and expansion year after year.  The program, which allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to receive expedited clearance upon entry to the United States, is part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) efforts to … Continue Reading

CBP Announces Optimized Processing for First-Time Canadian TN and L Applicants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced optimized processing procedures at fourteen ports-of-entry, including four pre-clearance locations, for Canadian citizens seeking TN or L status for the first time. This initiative is designed to increase customer satisfaction, decrease wait times and allow CBP to effectively deal with increased volume of Canadian TN and L … Continue Reading

Get the CBP iPhone App and Skip the Customs Line

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released a free iPhone application that frequent travelers can use to bypass the customs line. For now, travelers can only use the iPhone application at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The application allows travelers to answer questions about their travel on their iPhones before arrival at the airport. CBP … Continue Reading

DOS and CBP Announce Fix for Certain Visa Applicants Who Are Experiencing Consular Delays Due to Recent Technical Challenges

For the past two weeks the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has been experiencing technical problems with its passport and visa system. These problems have resulted in worldwide delays in passport, citizenship, and visa document issuance. In an effort to address these delays the Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Customs and … Continue Reading

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Includes Landmark Program for Low and Lesser-Skilled Workers

One of the major developments included in the comprehensive immigration reform package proposed by a bipartisan group of senators last month is the introduction of a new W Visa for low and lesser-skilled workers. The new program, which is slated to begin in April 2015, would allow pre-registered employers to hire a certain numbers of … Continue Reading

CBP Announces Plans to Eliminate Form I-94

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced plans to eliminate Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. The form documents the proper admission and maintenance of status for foreign nationals present in the United States, and helps to establish employment eligibility during the Form I-9 completion process, among other key uses. Although the CBP originally planned a gradual transition to paperless Form I-94 data gathering, current plans call for an imminent and wholesale elimination of the paper form.… Continue Reading
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