TUCSON, Ariz. – Travelers holding a Mexican border-crossing card (or “laser visa”), and planning to make an extended visit to the United States during the Easter holiday season, are urged to apply for their I-94 early to avoid expected delays at Arizona ports of entry.
“With the spring holiday season just around the corner, we expect March to be a very busy month at all ports of entry,” said Director of Field Operations William K. Brooks. “With that in mind, we suggest travelers needing permits to apply early and possibly avoid delays.”
Travelers seeking I-94 documents (Permisos) at the ports may apply any time but are encouraged to apply early to avoid the holiday rush associated with Easter and “Semana Santa.” The essential I-94 permit, which costs $6, allows visitors crossing through San Luis and Lukeville to travel farther than 25 miles from the border and stay up to six months in the United States. For persons crossing through Sasabe, Nogales, Naco or Douglas, the permit allows them to travel farther than 75 miles and stay up to six months.
Due to the large volume of travelers applying for permits and a shortage of parking spaces at ports of entry, applicants should consider walking into the U.S. to obtain their I-94 permits prior to their planned trip. Parking in both Mexico and the United States can be a concern when traveling with younger or older family members. All traveling family members needing a permit must be present during the I-94 application process, and must be able to establish financial solvency and proof of residency outside the U.S. For special needs due to health or incapacity, Arizona port officials recommend contacting a Customs and Border Protection officer for additional guidance.
For more information on what to expect at a port of entry, document requirements, and prohibited or restricted items, travelers may visit the Know Before You Go section of the CBP website.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.