Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Website

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has created a website that explains the requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative ("WHTI"), which will go into effect at U.S./Canada land border (and sea) ports of entry on June 1, 2009.

The website lists the acceptable travel documents, one of which will be required to enter the United States at a land border (and sea) port of entry as of June 1, 2009.

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The Obama Agenda for Immigration Reform

President-Elect Barak Obama's website gives an overview of his plan to fix the immigration problem in the U.S.  This plan includes additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and at our ports of entry.  It also includes a "system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens."

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CBP Guidance on Renewing Waivers of Inadmissibility

CBP has offered additional guidance on applying for waivers of inadmissibility (Form I-192), including information about renewing waivers, waiver validity periods, and using waivers for business or pleasure.  

Read article: Reapplying for a Waiver of Inadmissibility, using it for business or pleasure, validity period of a waiver 


U.S. Border Patrol Expands Transportation Checks

The U.S. Border Patrol is part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and is responsible for patrolling the areas at and around international land borders.

Two recent USA TODAY articles discuss the increase of U.S. Border Patrol's presence on domestic trains, buses, and ferries, even on routes that do not cross into Canada or Mexico. 

One article specifically discusses Border Patrol inspection methods in Upstate New York.

Read article: Border Patrol expands transportation checks

Read article: Some travelers criticize Border Patrol inspection methods



CBP Updates Website With Waiver Information for Canadians

U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") has recently updated its website with an article outlining the waiver process for Canadian citizens.  The article highlights many important points, including how, when, and where to file waiver applications.


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