Tucson, Ariz. - Mexican border crossing card (or “laser visa”) holders planning 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’s 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 Brooks. “With that in mind, we are suggesting those travelers who need permits to apply early and avoid possible delays.”
Travelers seeking I-94 documents at the ports of entry may apply any time, but are encouraged to apply early to avoid the rush during the days surrounding the Easter and “Semana Santa” holidays.
The essential permit, which costs $6, allows visitors crossing through San Luis and Lukeville to travel farther than 25 miles from the border and to stay in the U.S. up to six months. For those 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 holiday demand and limited parking at the ports of entry, travelers are advised to consider walking into the U.S. to obtain their I-94 prior to their planned trip. Parking in both Mexico and the United States can be a problem, especially when traveling with younger or older family members.
All traveling family members requesting 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. Should a special-needs case arise due to health or incapacity, Arizona port officials suggest a CBP officer be notified for additional guidance.
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.