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CBP Update – Travelers Urged to Apply for I-94 in Advance

As of April 29, 2022, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented a crucial update for travelers seeking entry into the United States via land borders. The focus is on expediting the entry process during the anticipated peak summer travel months.

Who Needs Form I-94 at a Land Border? All visitors to the United States are generally required to have Form I-94, except for specific categories such as US citizens, returning resident aliens (Green Card Holders), foreign nationals with immigrant visas (IV), and most visa-exempt Canadian citizens visiting or in transit.

How to Apply for Form I-94 in Advance? Travelers can conveniently apply for Form I-94 in advance through the official CBP website. This proactive approach is designed to reduce wait times and enhance the efficiency of land border crossings.

Tips for Land Travelers to the US: CBP emphasizes the following tips for travelers using land borders to enter the US:

  1. Plan Ahead: Schedule your travel during off-peak hours, such as early mornings and late afternoons, to minimize traffic and delays. Check real-time wait times for informed decisions.
  2. Travel with the Correct Documents: Ensure all required documents for each traveler are readily available. Be prepared to provide them to CBP for a smooth entry process.
  3. Utilize Trusted Traveler Programs: Expedite your travel by enrolling in trusted programs like NEXUS. Note that all passengers in your vehicle must be part of the program to benefit from expedited processing.
  4. Know Your Vehicle’s Contents: Before crossing the border, review and declare all items in your vehicle. Familiarize yourself with prohibited items, including certain foods, and declare them accordingly.
  5. Declare Firearms: If you’re carrying firearms, understand and comply with the requirements for importing or exporting firearms and ammunition to/from the United States.
  6. Avoid Marijuana: While marijuana may be legal in Canada, it remains illegal under US federal law. Sale, possession, production, and distribution of marijuana are strictly prohibited under US Immigration regulations.

Stay informed, plan wisely, and adhere to CBP guidelines for a hassle-free land border entry into the United States. Apply for Form I-94 in advance and ensure a smooth travel experience.

What is an I-94, and what am I supposed to do with it? How do I correct a mistake on my I-94 at a CBP deferred inspection site? How do I get my CBP Form I-94 Record?

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