CBP’s Simplified Arrival Program and Mobile Applications
In a transformative move, the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has fully implemented the Simplified Arrival program across all U.S. airports. This cutting-edge initiative leverages technology to streamline international arrival processes, marking a significant shift toward a paperless system. One notable aspect is the stampless entry, a part of Simplified Arrival aimed at enhancing the entry documentation process.
Decoding Stampless Entry
The Shift from Ink Stamps
As a component of the broader Simplified Arrival program, CBP has stopped using traditional ink entry stamps in passports to record entry into the U.S. Instead, foreign nationals now rely on electronic I-94s to verify their authorized duration of stay.
With stampless entry, travelers must use their electronic I-94 alongside CBP travel history as evidence of entries and exits from the U.S. It’s a paradigm shift requiring a reliance on digital records.
Ensuring Accuracy in Electronic Records
While electronic travel history and Form I-94 records are crucial, errors can occur. Travelers experiencing discrepancies can rectify them through the local deferred inspection process or the centralized Traveller Communication Center (TCC) via the “Ask a Question” web page.
Paper I-94s for Specific Cases
The elimination of paper Form I-94s has presented challenges for certain statuses like T and U visa applicants. Despite safety concerns, CBP inconsistently issues paper I-94s to these individuals. A system enhancement is in progress to address this issue, but applicants are encouraged to proactively request paper Form I-94s from supervisors in the interim.
Mobile Applications Transforming Travel
CBP’s Mobile Apps Directory
CBP has introduced a suite of mobile applications aimed at streamlining various documentation and admission processes. Users are encouraged to provide feedback on their experiences to the AILA CBP/OFO Liaison Committee.
Key Mobile Apps
CBP One: Facilitates I-94 applications, land border wait time checks, and appointments at Southwest Border land ports of entry.
CBP Roam (Reporting Offsite Arrival – Mobile): Allows remote reporting of arrival for pleasure boaters and eligible travelers.
CBP Border Wait Times (BWT): Provides estimated wait times at U.S./Canada and U.S./Mexico land borders.
Mobile Passport Control: Allows U.S. and Canadian citizens to submit passport information for expedited entry.
myCBP: Access to CBP information, including Frontline magazine, public messages, and social media posts.
Global Entry Mobile App: Enables active Global Entry members to report arrival at supported airports.
ESTA Mobile App: Simplifies ESTA applications for Visa Waiver Program travelers.
Before downloading any app, it is crucial to review privacy policies, so you understand how your information is being collected and used.
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Release Date: 1/2/2024