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CBP Launches New Phase of National Public Education Campaign – Reminded travelers to prepare for upcoming changes to cross-border document requirements
September 03, 2008
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today that it will launch the next phase of a national television, print and online advertising campaign during the National Football League © season kickoff game, to educate the public about new travel document requirements that will go into effect on June 1, 2009 under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).
Direct Mail Program Adds Forms I-800 and I-800A
August 26, 2008
The USCIS announced publication of a Federal Register Notice that expands its Direct Mail Program to include Form I 800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, and Form I 800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country. Applicants were previously required to file at a USCIS field office with jurisdiction over their place of residence. The Direct Mail Program allows USCIS to process applications more efficiently by eliminating duplicative work, maximizing staff productivity, and introducing better information management tools.
CBP in San Diego Reminds Border Crossers to Anticipate More Traffic at Area Ports When School Year Begins
August 22, 2008
The CBP officials reminds the members of the traveling public to expect to see more cars and pedestrians at area border crossings in the coming days as the summer break for thousands of area students comes to an end. Large numbers of students who attend classes at various private and public schools and colleges in San Diego commute from Mexico to the U.S. on a daily basis. This increase in traffic, especially during the traditionally busy morning commute, can result in longer than normal crossing times. Being prepared for the inspection process by having documents ready for the CBP officer, declaring all items acquired in Mexico, and ending cell phone conversations before arriving at the inspection station can also reduce wait times.
Q & A: Changes to the Tuberculosis and Vaccination Requirements for Adjustment of Status
July 24, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today a revised list of vaccines required for applicants seeking for the Adjustment of Status to become legal permanent residents. This revision follows guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CBP Responds to Hurricane Dolly
July 23, 2008
Today at the news conference held at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Jayson Ahern, CBP Deputy Commissioner said, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) currently is maintaining normal border security operations at and between our ports of entry in the impacted area of the border. We have established our lead field coordinator, which is Chief Ron Vitiello, our local Border Patrol sector chief. We also are actively maintaining liaison officers at local, state and FEMA command and coordination centers in order to most effectively commit our resources to those agencies and individuals in need. We have approximately 3,500 employees who are living in the impacted area and who continue to work toward keeping our country safe.
EOIR Requires 9Digit Alien Registration Numbers
July 18, 2008
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced today that, effective July 21, 2008, documents filed with EOIR’s immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) should indicate 9digit Alien Registration Numbers (A numbers). For cases with a 9digit A number, all digits must be provided. For cases with an 8digit A number, a zero (0) must be inserted before the 8 digits. For example, A######## should be provided as A0########. No document filings will be rejected in the foreseeable future for mistakenly failing to do so.
CBP, Texas Strengthen Partnership to Ensure Border Security
June 30, 2008
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner W. Ralph Basham and Texas Gov. Rick Perry met last week to reaffirm their commitment to work together to secure Texas's southern border and facilitate the flow of legitimate trade and travel.
Immigration Court Practice Manual Is Effective July 1
June 16, 2008
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) reminds parties appearing in immigration court that beginning on July 1, 2008, the Immigration Court Practice Manual will be effective nationwide, and the local operating procedures for immigration courts will no longer be used. The Practice Manual is available on EOIR’s website at
'Know Before You Go' — CBP Reminds Travelers of Top10 Most Seized Items
June 12, 2008
The CBP Baltimore released the Top10 list of inadmissible items to provide travelers a sense of the prohibited items that CBP officers seize most often. The director of CBP’s Baltimore field operations office, Mr. Michael Lovejoy said, ‘travelers should take extraordinary care to learn as much as they can to prepare for their foreign destination, we’d like them to exercise the same level of care to prepare for their return trip home.’
CBP to Issue New Frequent Traveler Cards
May 30, 2008
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced it will issue new cards for current Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection members starting today and members should be receiving them within the next week.

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