HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge is reminding travelers of the enhancement to the I-94 website, which allows travelers to apply and pay for their I-94 online prior to arriving at a land port of entry. International travelers can speed up their entry into the U.S. by providing their biographic and travel information, and paying the $6 fee for their I-94 application online up to seven days prior to their entry. CBP also encourages bus companies to file their international trips in CBP’s Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS), which will promote fast, secure border crossings, with front-of-the-line privileges.
“We want to remind everyone to take advantage of this application which allows for an expedited entry process and reduces administrative duties for CBP officers—ultimately resulting in shorter waits for travelers requiring an I-94,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “We also want bus companies to get on board with filing an APIS report and help us expedite processing those passengers.”
Travelers will receive a provisional I-94 after submitting their application and payment online. The I-94 application will collect information that is otherwise collected in-person at the land port of entry, to include biographic information (name, date of birth, country of citizenship), passport details, visa details (if applicable), and petition/Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) number (if applicable).
In order to finalize the I-94 issuance process, a foreign traveler must present themselves at a land port of entry within seven days of their application and submit biometrics, if applicable, and be interviewed by a CBP officer. Travelers should be prepared to show evidence of their residence, employment, and/or travel plans, if requested by the CBP officer.
CBP Field Operations also wants to encourage commercial bus lines that traverse from Mexico to the United States with passengers to file their trip in CBP’s APIS to better facilitate commercial bus travel. This process mirrors what commercial airlines and those arriving by air already file to provide CBP advanced notice on airplane passengers. In return,
CBP will provide front-of-the-line privileges to those bus companies that participate in this program, allowing their buses to clear inspection in an expeditious manner.
For more information on the immigration inspection process visit this link on CBP.gov, Immigration Inspection Program.