U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to develop a comprehensive biometric entry-exit system that would allow the collection of biometrics from travelers entering
Continue Reading DHS Proposed Rule to Expand Biometric Data Collection for Noncitizen Travelers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on April 22, 2020 that it will extend the temporary closure of the Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) through June 1, 2020, with extended
Continue Reading Covid-19 Immigration Update: CBP extends the closure of certain enrollment centers for the Trusted Traveler Program

From April 30, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2018, the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Blaine, Washington, port of entry (POE) will implement a joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigrant status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This pilot is designed to facilitate the adjudication and admission process of Canadians traveling to the U.S. as L-1 nonimmigrants.

Continue Reading USCIS and CBP to Implement Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants

Travelers continue to experience heightened scrutiny at U.S. Ports of Entry. Whether the travel is for business or pleasure, travelers often carry an electronic device such as a cell phone or laptop. The current administration’s focus on border security has made travelers increasingly concerned about how to protect personal and corporate data contained on electronic devices.

Continue Reading DHS Issues New Rules for Searching Electronic Devices at the Border

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 implementation and operation of the new VWP law.  The CBP document can be accessed here.

In its FAQs, CBP reiterates the two new barriers to VWP participation based on travel and dual nationality.  CBP reports that ESTA travelers who are “known” to be included in the dual national category will be notified in late January that their ESTA is no longer valid.  CBP also reports that it is working on notification to ESTA travelers who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria, or Sudan.


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