US-VISIT Program

Summer 2004 CSANews Issue 51  |  Posted date : May 10, 2007.Back to list

Effective September 30, 2004, Canadian Residents who are NOT CITIZENS of Canada will be required to provide an inkless digital fingerprint and pose for a digital photo upon entry into the United States. You will also be required to have your fingerprints scanned when you leave the United States, in order to prove to the U.S. customs agent that you have not violated the terms of your “visa” by visiting the U.S. for longer than permitted.

Canadian citizens who are entering the U.S. on a B-2 visitor status (which is the technical term for Canadians travelling to the U.S. for vacation purposes) are exempt from the US-VISIT program.

What is US-VISIT?
US-VISIT is a program initiated by the United States in order to enhance the security of its citizens and visitors, to facilitate legitimate travel and trade, and to ensure the integrity of their immigration system. The system is currently in place at 115 airports and 14 seaports, and is being phased in at 165 land ports of entry throughout 2004 and 2005.