With so many of our friends, readers and clients in transit over the next few weeks we wish to take a quick moment to remind you that The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), says that there are several important things travelers can do to ensure smooth and efficient processing upon arrival to the U.S. .
Travelers should remember to have the proper documentation to enter the U.S., a passport for all air travelers, and a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative complaint document for travelers 16 years and older if entering the U.S. by land or sea. Additionally, those travelers from Visa Waiver Program countries should remember that they must apply for a new Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) every two years, or if they have been issued a new passport.
As a reminder,for frequent international travelers, the CBP Global Entry program offers expedited clearance at airports for pre-approved, low risk travelers. As of this week, more than 500,000 travelers have now enrolled directly in Global Entry, while 1.3 million travelers receive the benefits of Global Entry by being enrolled in one of the other CBP trusted traveler programs. U.S. citizen trusted travelers and Canadian citizens enrolled in NEXUS also receive the benefits of being eligible to participate in TSA's PreCheck program when flying domestically.
With so many of us traveling to see friends, family and loved ones, please feel free to contact our office at anytime by e-mail or phone (or have your staff members contact our office) in the event that you might encounter any travel-related issues during the holidays. Please feel free to send any travel-related queries to our general mailbox at [email protected] .
The Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group's immigration lawyers and immigration specialist staff hope that you, and yours, travel safe this holiday season and that you have a happy and healthy holiday and coming New Year.