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Helpful Tips by the CBP for Holiday Travel

Berin Romagnolo December 15, 2010

Many foreign nationals travel for the holidays this time of year.  In recognition of this, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued some helpful tips about the process of entering into the U.S., and these helpful tips are attached here.  It is important for foreign nationals to check their visas, I-94 cards, and other immigration-related documents to ensure that they are current before traveling.  If the visa is expired (or annotated for another employer), the foreign nationals should plan to apply for a visa at a U.S. Consulate abroad before returning (unless they are visa -exempt, like Canadians and Mexicans).  This visa process could take a week, a month, or longer (particularly if there is a security clearance delay), and foreign nationals should plan accordingly and discuss this with their employers.  Employers and employees can get a sense of the visa processing time by checking the visa wait times for each Consulate, which are listed at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html.  In addition, work visas almost always require a short letter from the employer confirming current employment, and employees should have this original letter in their hands before they depart the U.S.  Every Consulate has its own procedure for visa processing, and the particular Consulate's website and the immigration attorney should be consulted prior to departure to ensure that all requirements are met, to ensure a smooth and time efficient process.  There are various other immigration concerns related to travel, such as proper machine-readable passports and ESTA registration.  Employers and foreign nationals should consult their immigration attorneys in advance to discuss travel plans and prepare to meet all requirements.

For more information on travel-related issues or any other immigration topic, please contact Berin Romagnolo.

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