Tips for Presenting Immigration Applications and Petitions at U.S. Border Crossings and Airports
In view of the September 11 tragedy in the United States there is heightened scrutiny of persons seeking to enter the country, by land, sea, and air. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (“INS”) was abolished in March 2003, and immigration functions were transferred to the several agencies under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. At the border and airports, immigration functions are handled by Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”). Immigration officials have said that there are no new special procedures. However, if you are driving, there may be long waits at the border crossings, especially in the summertime and during holidays. You can check www.borderlineups.com before you go, to view the camcorder shots of the lines at Canadian border posts. If you are flying, you should allow two hours for processing of your immigration application or petition. View full article (PDF).