Proposed change to US -VISIT

Fall 2006 CSANews Issue 60  |  Posted date : May 30, 2007.Back to list

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recently announced a proposed rule change to the photographing and digital finger-scanning procedures of the US-VISIT program. The proposed change will expand the number of non-U.S. citizens who, upon entering the United States, would be subject to the above-mentioned scanning procedures. However, this rule only applies to certain Canadian citizens, such as those with Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status in the U.S. (i.e. a green card), or those who enter the U.S. for specific business or employment reasons (i.e. Form I-94 holders). The proposed rule change would not affect Canadian citizens entering the U.S. as casual tourists for a maximum of six months per year. This includes most Canadians who enter the U.S. for the purpose of shopping, visiting friends and family, vacations (such as snowbirds in the winter) or short business trips.

This proposed change is separate from the current ongoing discussions regarding the necessity of possessing a passport to enter the U.S. by the end of 2007.

For specific questions or concerns about the proposed change by US-VISIT, please contact the Canadian Snowbird Association at 1-800-265-3200 or (416) 391-9000.