Clarification Proposed Expansion of US-visit Program

Posted date : Jul 28, 2006.Back to list

The president of the Canadian Snowbird Association wishes to advise members of the following announcement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today a PROPOSED rule change that would expand the number of non-U.S. citizens who, upon entering the United States, would be subjected to the digital photographing and digital finger scanning procedures of the US-VISIT program.

While the earliest date this proposed change could become effective is August 28, 2006, it is important to note that nothing has been finalized.

The proposed rule change WILL NOT affect Canadian citizens who travel to the United States as casual tourists for a maximum of six months (182 day) per year. This includes most Canadian citizens 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.

Canadian citizens who are affected include those individuals who, in addition to being a Canadian citizen, also possess Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status in the United States (i.e. green-card) as well as certain Canadian citizens entering the U.S. for specific business or employment reasons (i.e. Form I-94 holders).

Please note this proposed change is separate to the current ongoing discussions to the requirement to possess a passport or other secured border crossing identification by the end of 2007.

Members who have specific questions or concerns about this new U.S.-VISIT change that have not been answered by this advisory may telephone the CSA office (during regular business hours) at 1-800-265-3200 (in Toronto: 416-391-9000).

The Canadian Snowbird Association is a national not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to actively defending and improving the rights and privileges of travelling Canadians.

A copy of the newly released 2006 Canadian Travellers' Report Card is available free-of-charge for download from the association's website -

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