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USCIS Local Offices

On 08.11.16 | In USCIS Blog, By USCIS Info

USCIS Local Office Processing TimesOf all the requests processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the wait to receive news on an application for a green card or for naturalization can be the most nerve-wracking. Since the forms can be processed by a number of offices, it is worth asking how processing times vary by location and whether different offices have shorter processing times for naturalization and permanent residence requests. You can use the chart below to determine how long it will take for your regional USCIS office to process your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status; Form N-400, Application for Citizenship (Naturalization); or Form N-600, Application for Certification of Citizenship. Find the office processing your request in the column on the left, and read across the chart to find the time it will take to process your form.

Processing Time Report as of November 30, 2016 for USCIS Local Offices

USCIS Local Office

Form I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

Form N-400 Application for Citizenship (Naturalization)

Form N-600 Application for Certification of Citizenship

Agana GU June 24, 2016 May 25,2016 March 16, 2016
Albany NY May 23, 2016 May 28, 2016 July 3, 2016
Albuquerque NM June 4, 2016 May 27,2016 July 3, 2016
Anchorage AK April 21, 2016 April 21, 2016 July 3, 2016
Atlanta GA April 28, 2016 April 18, 2016 June 20, 2016
Baltimore MD March 13, 2016 May 22, 2016 December 3, 2015
Boise ID October 19, 2015 June 1, 2016 July 3, 2016
Boston MA May 6, 2016 May 19, 2016 July 3, 2016
Buffalo NY June 8, 2016 April 24, 2016 July 3, 2016
Casper WY February 6, 2016 April 29, 2016 December 26, 2015
Charleston SC June 18, 2016 May 22, 2016 May 7, 2016
Charlotte Amalie VI March 9, 2016 April 15, 2016 July 3, 2016
Charlotte NC May 4, 2016 April 30, 2016 June 15, 2016
Chicago IL  April 21, 2016  April 26, 2016 July 3, 2016
Christiansted VI March 9, 2016 April 15, 2016 July 3, 2016
Chula Vista CA June 2, 2016 June 6, 2016 July 3, 2016
Cincinnati OH November 12, 2015 March 15, 2016 June 24, 2016
Cleveland OH June 3, 2016 June 9, 2016 July 3, 2016
Columbus OH June 24, 2016 June 9, 2016 July 3, 2016
Dallas TX March 14, 2016 May 28, 2016 July 3, 2016
Denver CO February 6, 2016 April 29, 2016 December 26, 2015
Des Moines IA January 7, 2016 March 18, 2016 April 14, 2016
Detroit MI November 30, 2015 June 24, 2016 July 3, 2016
El Paso TX May 10, 2016 April 6, 2016 April 7, 2016
Fort Smith AR March 25, 2016 April 25, 2016 June 9, 2016
Fresno CA June 18, 2016 June 3, 2016 July 3, 2016
Greer SC August 2, 2016 July 3, 2016 July 3, 2016
Harlingen TX April 16, 2016 May 19, 2016 June 11, 2016
Hartford CT April 8, 2016 May 3, 2016 July 3, 2016
Helena MT August 2, 2016 June 3, 2016 July 3, 2016
Hialeah FL July 3, 2016 May 4, 2016 April 8, 2016
Honolulu HI June 9, 2016 June 12, 2016 July 3, 2016
Houston TX January 18, 2016 April 18, 2016 May 2, 2016
Imperial CA May 15, 2016 June 21, 2016 October 13, 2015
Indianapolis IN June 14, 2016 May 27, 2016 July 3, 2016
Jacksonville FL July 10, 2016 April 12, 2016 March 20, 2016
Kansas City MO June 22, 2016 May 11, 2016 June 6, 2016
Kendall FL June 24, 2016 April 28, 2016 July 3, 2016
Las Vegas NV April 15, 2016 April 21, 2016 July 3, 2016
Long Island NY January 21, 2016 April 20, 2016 February 10, 2016
Los Angeles CA June 3, 2016 May 22, 2016 May 13, 2016
Los Angeles County CA May 16, 2016 May 16, 2016 June 8, 2016
Louisville KY June 26, 2016 May 31, 2016 July 3, 2016
Manchester NH April 2, 2016 May 31, 2016 July 3, 2016
Memphis TN May 28, 2016 April 12, 2016 November 19, 2015
Miami FL May 4, 2016 May 1, 2016 June 18, 2016
Milwaukee WI May 6, 2016 June 9, 2016 July 3, 2016
Mount Laurel NJ May 13, 2016 April 25, 2016 June 15, 2016
New Orleans LA March 22, 2016 April 9, 2016 February 16, 2016
New York City NY February 8, 2016 April 9, 2016 January 5, 2016
Newark NJ December 25, 2015 May 5, 2016 July 3, 2016
Norfolk VA May 10, 2016 April 23, 2016 July 3, 2016
Oakland Park FL March 28, 2016 May 1, 2016 July 3, 2016
Oklahoma City OK April 17, 2016 April 21, 2016 June 17, 2016
Omaha NE November 30, 2015 June 24, 2016 July 3, 2016
Orlando FL April 28, 2016 April 28, 2016 November 24, 2015
Philadelphia PA May 1, 2016 May 3, 2016 July 3, 2016
Phoenix AZ May 16, 2016 April 15, 2016 May 3, 2016
Pittsburgh PA May 10, 2016 May 28, 2016 July 3, 2016
Portland ME February 24, 2016 June 25, 2016 July 3, 2016
Portland OR May 25, 2016 May 16, 2016 June 20, 2016
Providence RI May 4, 2016 June 11, 2016 July 3, 2016
Queens NY February 2, 2016 June 12, 2016 November 20, 2015
Raleigh NC June 17, 2016 May 9, 2016 July 3, 2016
Reno NV April 21, 2016 April 28, 2016 July 3, 2016
Sacramento CA June 2, 2016 June 6, 2016 July 3, 2016
Saint Albans VT May 4, 2016 July 3, 2016 June 20, 2016
Saint Louis MO November 12, 2015 March 15, 2016 June 20, 2016
Saint Paul MN January 23, 2016 March 5, 2016 June 26, 2016
Salt Lake City UT June 27, 2016 May 4, 2016 July 3, 2016
San Antonio TX April 25, 2016 May 31, 2016 April 14, 2016
San Bernardino CA June 30, 2016 May 19, 2016 May 21, 2016
San Diego CA May 4, 2016 May 10, 2015 July 3, 2016
San Fernando CA May 1, 2016 May 11, 2016 July 3, 2016
San Francisco CA April 10, 2016 June 9, 2016 March 15, 2016
San Jose CA February 5, 2016 May 31, 2016 June 12, 2016
San Juan PR April 9, 2016 April 18, 2016 February 22, 2016
Santa Ana CA April 27, 2016 June 12, 2016 March 15, 2016
Seattle WA April 9, 2016 May 19, 2016 July 3, 2016
Spokane WA November 3, 2015 June 3, 2016 February 18, 2016
Tampa FL June 9, 2016 May 10, 2016 May 10, 2016
Tucson AZ February 7, 2016 May 31, 2016 July 3, 2016
Washington DC March 22, 2016 April 11, 2016 May 12, 2016
West Palm Beach FL June 15, 2016 May 19, 2016 May 13, 2016
Wichita KS April 16, 2016 May 7, 2016 December 10, 2015
Yakima WA May 24, 2016 June 24, 2016 July 3, 2016

USCIS has upheld consistent standards for processing times across all of its 82 local offices, and while the time required to process a request still varies based on the form submitted, form processing times between offices remains the same. It takes USCIS the same amount of time to process a Form I-485 (the application for non-U.S. citizens to register their permanent residence and receive their green card) at its office in Albany, New York, as it does to process the same request in its office based in Spokane, Washington. This uniformity of processing times, combined with the USCIS requirement that applicants requesting naturalization or permanent residence status need to live in the same USCIS district for a minimum of three months before submitting their request, makes the act of “shopping around” — or trying to find the USCIS office that has the quickest processing time and moving to a location under its jurisdiction — a pointless effort. For updated USCIS Local Office processing times, visit https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do

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USCIS Premium Processing Service

On 06.27.13 | In USCIS Blog, By USCIS Info

What is the USCIS Premium Processing Service?

 

USCIS provides a Premium Processing Service as a faster way to process certain employment-based petitions and applications.  In using the Premium Processing Service the USCIS guarantees a 15 calendar day processing time to those petitioners or applicants who choose to pay to use this service or USCIS will refund the Premium Processing Service fee paid.  If the fee is refunded based on not meeting the 15 calendar day processing, the case will continue to proceed and receive the expedited processing.

Once Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, is received by USCIS at the correct filing address as noted on the form, the 15 calendar day period will begin. USCIS will notify the petitioner or applicant by issue and serve an approval notice, a denial notice, a notice of intent to deny, a request for evidence or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation with the 15 calendar day period. If the petition or application requires additional documentation or evidence or a response to a notice of intent to deny, a new 15 calendar day period will begin upon receipt by the USCIS of a complete response to their request for evidence or notice of intent to deny.

Eligibility for Premium Processing Service

USCIS sets forth the forms, designated classifications within each form type, and current availability and termination dates for premium processing service.

Note: the H-1B, H-2B, and certain H-3 visa classifications may have annual numerical limit (“cap”) restrictions.  It is recommended that petitioners verify whether a cap is applicable to their particular filing, and whether that cap has been met.  Filing Form I-907 does not give special cap benefits to the petitioner.

Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker
Designated Classification Within Form I-129 Corresponding Nonimmigrant Classification Availability Date*
Treaty Trader E-1 1 Jun 01
Treaty Investor E-2 1 Jun 01
Alien in Specialty Occupation H-1B 30 Jul 01
Temporary Worker performing nonagricultural services H-2B 1 Jun 01 
Trainee or Special Education Exchange Visitor H-3 1 Jun 01
Intracompany Transferee, Executive or Manager Capacity L-1A 1 Jun 01
Intracompany Transferee, Specialized Knowledge Professional L-1B 1 Jun 01
A petitioner meeting certain requirements which seeks continuous approval of itself and some or all of its parents, branches, subsidiaries, and affiliates LZ 1 Jun 01
(Blanket L-1)
Alien of extraordinary ability or achievements in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics O-1 1 Jun 01
Alien providing essential support services for a principal O-1 alien O-2 1 Jun 01
Internationally recognized athlete or member of an internationally recognized entertainment group P-1 1 Jun 01
Essential Support Alien, highly skilled, who performs support services essential to the successful performance of the principal P-1 alien P-1S 1 Jun 01
Artist or Entertainer under a Reciprocal Exchange Program P-2 1 Jun 01
Essential Support Alien, highly skilled, who performs support services essential to the successful performance of the principal P-2 alien P-2S 1 Jun 01
Artist or Entertainer in a Culturally Unique Program P-3 1 Jun 01
Essential Support Alien, highly skilled, who performs support services essential to the successful performance of the principal P-3 alien P-3S 1 Jun 01
International cultural exchange alien Q-1 1 Jun 01
Alien in a Religious occupation R-1 July 30, 2001 and reinstated July 20, 2009***
NAFTA professional, Canada TN-1 30 Jul 01
NAFTA professional, Mexico TN-2 30 Jul 01

Source: www.uscis.gov

* Indicates the availability date that the classification was initially eligible for Premium Processing Service.

** Indicates the last day that USCIS accepted filings requesting that specific classification. If a date is entered in this column, that classification is currently not eligible for filing.

*** Premium Processing Service for nonimmigrant religious worker visa petitions was initially suspended on November 28, 2006.On July 20, 2009, USCIS accepts Form I-907 for I-129 petitions seeking R-1 classification but only from those petitioners who have previously completed a successful on-site inspection at the location where the beneficiary will be employed.

Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
Designated Classification Within Form I-140 Corresponding Employment-Based (EB) Immigrant Visa Classification Availability Date*
Aliens of extraordinary ability EB-1 November 13, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 2009****
Outstanding professors and researchers EB-1 September 25, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 2009****
Multinational executives and managers EB-1 Not Yet Available
 
Members of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability not seeking a National Interest Waiver EB-2 September 25, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 2009****
Members of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a National Interest Waiver EB-2 Not Yet Available
Skilled workers*** EB-3 August 28, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 2009****
Professionals*** EB-3 August 28, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 2009****
Workers other than skilled workers and professionals EB-3 September 25, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 2009****

Source: www.USCIS.gov

* Indicates the availability date the classification was initially eligible for Premium Processing Service.

** Indicates the last USCIS accepted filings request for that specific classification. If a date is entered in this column, that classification is currently ineligible for premium processing.

*** Indicates as available.  Please see the section on additional conditions placed on Premium Processing Service availability.

**** As of June 29, 2009, USCIS reinstate for this classification Premium Processing Service for this benefit.

Can beneficiary of an immigrant visa petition apply for Premium Processing Service?

No, but there are exceptions. In cases where the petition is eligible to be filed as a self-petition (i.e., the petitioner and the beneficiary are the same).  Otherwise, only the petitioner, or the attorney or representative who has filed a notice of appearance (Form G-28) on behalf of the petitioner, may request Premium Processing Service for a designated petition. The petitioner, attorney or representative, or beneficiary may pay the Premium Processing Service fee, but the beneficiary cannot sign or file the Form I-907.

How to determine current version of form I-907?

To verify that you have the most current version of Form I-907 being accepted by USCIS, compare the “edition date” located on the lower right corner of your Form I-907, to the “edition date” listed on USCIS’s “Request for Premium Processing Service” Form page.  Your version of Form I-907 will be accepted by USCIS if:

Both dates match, or

USCIS’s “Request for Premium Processing Service” Form page lists a later date, but there is a designation “Y.”

Your version of Form I-907 will not be accepted by USCIS if a later edition date is listed followed by an “N” designation.

Request for Premium Processing Service

As the petitioner or its attorney or representative, it will be required to complete and sign Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, follow the instructions on the current version of the form. If you are filing Form I-907 concurrently with Form I-129 or Form I-140, you must file both forms at the designated Service Center as indicated on the form instructions.  If you have already filed Form I-129 or Form I-140 and you now wish to request Premium Processing Service, file Form I-907 with the Service Center where the Form I-129 or Form I-140 is currently pending. Submit a copy of the Form I-797, Receipt Notice, for your Form I-129 or Form I-140.  If you received a transfer notice, it is very important that you include a copy of it and that you submit Form I-907 to the transfer location.

If a petitioner erroneously filed a standalone I-907 relating to a Form I-140 petition at the wrong service center, USCIS will not reject the filing, but instead will forward the filing to the correct service center having jurisdiction over the petition or application.  For incorrectly filed Forms I-907, the 15 calendar day period will start on the date the file is received at the correct service center as indicated in the Form I-907 filing instructions.

USCIS will reject any Form I-907 premium processing service requests that are filed at an office without designated geographic jurisdiction over the underlying petition if the Form I-907 is filed:

concurrently with a Form I-140 petition;

concurrently with a Form I-129 petition; or

as a standalone relating to a Form I-129 petition.

Conditions of availability for Premium Processing Service

Form I-907 premium processing service requests may be denied if the filing fails to clearly establish the conditions of availability and/or is incorrectly submitted concurrently with a Form I-140 petition at a USCIS office without designated geographic jurisdiction over the Form I-140 immigrant petition.

Premium Processing Service is available for the Form I-140 classifications indicated on the chart above provided that the case does not involve the following:

A second filing of a Form I-140 petition while an initial Form I-140 remains pending;

Labor certification substitution requests;

Duplicate Labor Certification requests (i.e., cases filed without an original labor certification from the Department of Labor), and;

A Form I-140 petition in which a final decision has been made.

USCIS is imposing these additional conditions of availability on Premium Processing Service for Form I-140 because of their special processing requirements, which involve locating, and transferring other files or documents internally and requesting initial evidence from an outside agency. This process makes it difficult for USCIS to guarantee that it will process the case within a 15 calendar day period.

Premium Processing Service Fee

The fee for this service generally is $1225.00 upon filing Form I-907. In addition to the Premium Processing Service fee, you will be required submit all other filing fees relating to the specific form(s) for which you are requesting Premium Processing Service.  The USCIS requires a separate payment for Premium Processing Service fee. The petitioner, attorney or representative, or beneficiary may pay the Premium Processing Service fee, but the beneficiary cannot sign or file the Form I-907.

Premium Processing Service Additional Benefits

USCIS offers a special phone number and e-mail address for each of the Service Centers.  These designated phone numbers and e-mail addresses are only available to Premium Processing Service customers.

In addition, USCIS will collect your phone number, fax number and e-mail address on the Form I-907 so that they can send you (the petitioner or attorney or representative) an automatic e-mail notifying you of the receipt of your Form I-907.  If the underlying form for which you requested Premium Processing Service is approved, USCIS will send an automatic e-mail notifying you of the approval.  It is important that you provide this information so that USCIS may correspond with you in a timely manner.

Premium Processing Service for annual (“cap”) limit classifications

Individuals who pay for Premium Processing Service on petitions filed for nonimmigrant classifications that have annual numerical (“cap”) limitations will not have an advantage in priority move up. Cases subject to the cap which were not selected in the random process and that were filed after the final receipt date are rejected and the premium processing fees will be returned.

General Information on Premium Processing Service

For general information on the Premium Processing Service program you can contact the USCIS customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

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Consular Processing

On 06.27.13 | In USCIS Blog, By USCIS Info

Consular ProcessingThere are primarily two ways to permanent resident status (green card) based on the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). One of the ways is known as consular processing, which is for an individual who is the beneficiary of an approved immigrant petition. Having an approved immigrant petition means you already have an assigned immigrant visa number and you are available apply at a U.S. consulate abroad for an immigrant visa in order to come to the U.S. and enter as a permanent resident. Another way to permanent resident status is for individuals who are eligible and already in the U.S., this is known as Adjustment of Status. Adjusting your status to Permanent Resident Status can be granted without having to return to your home country.

In order to use consular processing it will be necessary to determine what immigrant category is best suited for your situation. Generally most immigrants become eligible for a green card through a petition filed through a family member or an employer. Others become green card holders through first gaining refugee or asylum status, or through other special USCIS special provisions. In most immigrant categories an immigrant petition will need to be filed on your behalf.

Immigrant Categories:

  • Family Based – Requires a U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative to file form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on your behalf.
  • Employment Based – Generally requires the potential U.S. employer to file form I-130, Petition for Alien Worker, on your behalf.
  • Special Classes of Immigrants – Certain immigrants can file form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), and Special Immigrant, or have one filed on your behalf.
  • Humanitarian Programs – Typically humanitarian programs do not require an underlying petition, however individuals may be required to meet certain requirements before they can adjust status.

Immigrant petitions are commonly filed with the USCIS. There are exceptions when a form I-130 petition can be filed for an immediate relative (spouse, child or parent of US citizen) with a U.S. embassy or consulate office abroad. These exceptions may include:

  • U.S. citizen has been granted authorizaton to continuously reside within the jurisdiction of the consular office for at least the previous 6 months
  • Members of the military
  • Emergency situations
  • Situations involving the medical, health or safety of the petitioner
  • For the national interests of the United States

Notice of Decision

The petitioner will be notified of a decision from USCIS.  If the petition is denied, the notice will include the reasons for denying the petition and any rights to appeal the decision.  If the petition is approved and if you are the beneficiary of the petition and living outside the United States or living in the United States, but choose to apply for your immigrant visa abroad, USCIS will then send the approved petition to the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC), where it will remain until an immigrant visa number is available.

National Visa Center

The National Visa Center (NVC) will collect visa application fees and supporting documents. It will be the responsibility for the NVC to notify the petitioner and beneficiary when the visa petition is received and when the immigrant visa is expected to become available.

It is not necessary to contact the National Visa Center (NVC) about your petition; the NVC will contact you if more information is needed. It is required however to contact the NVC if there is a change in your personal situation or if you change your address. If you reach the age of 21 years of age for a child or have changed your marital status, you should contact the NVC as this could affect your eligibility.

Consular Appointment

The consular office will schedule the applicant for an interview. Generally this takes place when a visa is available or a beneficiary’s priority date is current. The consular office will complete processing of the applicant’s case and make the decisions at this time if the beneficiary is eligible for an immigrant visa.

Immigrant Visa Granted

If your immigrant visa is approved and granted, the consular officer will provide you a packet of information.  This packet is called a “Visa Packet.”  This packet should not be opened.

Upon arrival into the United States, you will give the Visa Packet to the Customs and Border Protection officer at the first port of entry. There will be an inspection by a Customs and Border Protection officer and if found admissible, you will be admitted as a permanent resident of the United States, which gives you the right to live and work in the United States permanently.

Getting Your Green Card

The USCIS will mail your green card.  If for some reason you do not receive your green card within 30 days of your arrival, you should contact USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or visit your local office by making an InfoPass appointment.

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Border Wait Times

On 06.27.13 | In USCIS Blog, By USCIS Info

border wait timesWhen traveling between the borders of the United States and Canada or Mexico by land it is recommended to plan accordingly based on documentation required and the estimated border wait times. Each border crossing location provides an hourly update of the expected border wait time to reach the inspection booth, the first point of contact with Customs Border Protection (CBP).

Canadian or Mexican Citizens entering the United States from Canada or Mexico

The documentation required to enter the United States is based on your country of citizenship. Traveling by land from Canada or Mexico generally requires the following documents:

Canadian Citizen (Adult)

  • Canadian Passport
  • An Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)
  • A Secure Certificate of Indian Status (based on U.S. government approval)

Canadian Citizen (Children, under the age of 15 or 16-18 years of age and traveling with an supervised and organized school, religious, or other youth group)

  • Any document listed for Canadian Adults
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship

Note: For children not traveling with both parents, it is recommended to check the cbp.gov website for additional documentation requirements.

Mexican Citizen

  • Mexican Passport with valid visa

Visa Waiver Program and Nonimmigrant Visas when Entering the United States by Land from Canada and Mexico

Canada and Mexico are not participants in the Visa Waiver Program. The Immigration and Nationality Act includes other provisions for visa-free travel for nationals of Canada under certain circumstances. Since they are not part of the Visa Waiver Program, VWP requirements for machine-readable or biometric passports do not apply to nationals of Canada and Mexico. It also should be noted that some nationals of Canada traveling to the United States require nonimmigrant visas.

Citizens of Canada traveling to the U.S. do not require a nonimmigrant visa, except for the travel reasons described below. Canadian citizens who do not qualify for a visa under immigration law, or have previously violated the terms of their immigration status in the U.S., can learn more about ineligibilities related to Canadians by visiting http://www.cbp.gov. Canadian citizens who do not qualify also have the option of applying for a visa and a waiver at the nearest U.S. consulate if it is more convenient for them.

Canadians require nonimmigrant visas for temporary travel to the U.S. for the following reasons:

Foreign government officials (A), officials and employees of international organizations (G) and NATO officials, representatives and employees assigned to the U.S. as needed to facilitate their travel

Treaty traders (E-1)

Treaty investors (E-2)

Fiancé(e) (K-1)

Children of fiancées (K-2)

U.S. citizen’s foreign citizen spouse, who is traveling to the U.S. to complete the process of immigration (K-3).

Children of a foreign citizen spouse (K-4) described above

Spouses of lawful permanent residents (V-1) traveling to the U.S. to reside here while they wait for the final completion of their immigration process

Children of spouses of lawful permanent residents (V-2) described above

Permanent Residents (aka landed immigrants) of Canada must have a nonimmigrant visa unless the permanent resident is a national of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), meets the VWP requirements, and is seeking to enter the U.S. for 90 days or less under that program.

Citizens and Permanent Residents of Mexico generally must have a nonimmigrant visa or Border Crossing Card (also known as a “Laser Visa”). For ease of travel, the B1/B2 and the Border Crossing Card have been combined into one biometric and machine-readable document (DSP-150).

US Citizens Returning to the United States from Canada or Mexico

U.S. Citizen (Adult)

  • Valid U.S. Passport
  • An Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)
  • United States Armed Forces ID and military orders

U.S. Citizen (Children, under the age of 15 or 16-18 years of age and traveling with a supervised and organized school, religious, or other youth group)

  • Any document listed for U.S. Citizenship Adult
  • United States birth certificate (original, photocopy, or certified copy excepted)
  • United States Certification of Naturalization

Note: For children not traveling with both parents, it is recommended to check the cbp.gov website for additional documentation requirements.

Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holder) of the United States

As a Lawful Permanent Resident of the U.S. it will be required to present your green card when entering the United States. A passport will not be required to enter the U.S. by land.

Estimated Border Wait Times

The chart below indicates estimated border wait times for reaching the Customs inspection area, this will be the first point of contact with Custom Border Protection (CBP) when crossing the Canada/U.S. and Mexico/U.S. land borders.

Canadian Border Ports of Entry

Port Name
Crossing Name
Commercial Vehicles Passenger Vehicles Pedestrian
HOURS Max
Lns
STANDARD FAST Max
Lns
STANDARD READYLANE NEXUS Max
Lns
STANDARD READYLANE
Alexandria Bay
Thousand Islands Bridge

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
3 At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 8 At 11 am EST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
N/A At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A
Blaine
Pacific Highway

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
3 At 7 am PST
20 min delay
1 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed 6 At 7 am PST
20 min delay
3 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed At 7 am PST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A
Blaine
Peace Arch

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 10 At 7 am PST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed At 7 am PST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A
Blaine
Point Roberts

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
1 At 7 am PST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 3 At 7 am PST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
Buffalo/Niagara Falls
Lewiston Bridge

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
4 At 11:06 am EST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A 6 At 11:06 am EST
no delay
6 lane(s) open
N/A Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
Buffalo/Niagara Falls
Peace Bridge

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
7 At 11:06 am EST
no delay
6 lane(s) open
N/A 11 At 11:06 am EST
no delay
7 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed At 11:06 am EST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A
BORDER
NOTICE
 A Ready Lane is available from 2-6pm Monday through Thursday. For more information go to www.getyouhome.gov
Buffalo/Niagara Falls
Rainbow Bridge

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 17 At 11 am EST
no delay
9 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
BORDER
NOTICE
A Ready Lane is available from 3-7pm Monday through Thursday. For more information go to www.getyouhome.gov
Buffalo/Niagara Falls
Whirlpool Bridge

7 am-11 pm
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 2 Lanes Closed N/A At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A
Calais
Ferry Point

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 2 At Noon EST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Calais
International Avenue

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
3 At Noon EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 6 At Noon EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
Calais
Milltown

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 1 At Noon EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Champlain

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
10 At 11 am EST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed 10 At 11 am EST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
N/A At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A
Derby Line

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
2 At 9 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 3 At 9 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
BORDER
NOTICE
Port construction at the Interstate 91 Port of Entry. Travelers may experience delays and temporary lane closures during the project. Surrounding ports may also see increased traffic volume.
Detroit
Ambassador Bridge

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
13 At 10 am EST
no delay
5 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed 19 At 10 am EST
no delay
9 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
BORDER
NOTICE
Lane 3 is Ready Lane 6AM – 10AM Monday through Saturday. For more information go to www.getyouhome.gov
Detroit
Windsor Tunnel

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
1 At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 10 At 11 am EST
no delay
9 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
BORDER
NOTICE
The Ready Lane is now open at Windsor Tunnel.
Highgate Springs

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
1 At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 5 At 11 am EST
15 min delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
Houlton

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
2 At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 5 At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
International Falls

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
1 At 11 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 3 At 1 am CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jackman

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
2 At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 3 At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lynden

8 am-Midnight
1/21/2017
1 At 8 am PST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 4 At 8 am PST
10 min delay
2 lane(s) open
Lane Closed N/A N/A N/A N/A
Madawaska

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
1 At 10 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 2 At 10 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Massena

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
3 At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 6 At 11 am EST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Norton

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
1 At 9 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 2 At 9 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ogdensburg

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
2 At 10 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 5 At 10 am EST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pembina

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
4 At 10 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 4 At 10 am CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
Port Huron
Bluewater Bridge

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
6 At 11 am EST
no delay
5 lane(s) open
Lane Closed 12 At 11 am EST
no delay
6 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A
Sault Ste. Marie
International Bridge SSM

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
2 At 11 am EST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 4 At 11 am EST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
Sumas

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
2 At 8 am PST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 5 At 8 am PST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
Sweetgrass

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
2 At 9 am MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 4 At 9 am MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Mexican Border Ports of Entry

Port Name
Crossing Name
Commercial Vehicles Passenger Vehicles Pedestrian
HOURS Max
Lns
STANDARD FAST Max
Lns
STANDARD READYLANE NEXUS Max
Lns
STANDARD READYLANE
Andrade

6 am-10 pm
1/21/2016
1 Update Pending Update Pending 3 Update Pending Update Pending Update Pending 4 Update Pending Update Pending
Brownsville
B&M

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 4 At 10 am CST
15 min delay
2 lane(s) open
At 10 am CST
15 min delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A 2 At 10 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A
Brownsville
Gateway

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 5 At 10 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
At 10 am CST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
N/A 5 At 10 am CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
At 10 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
BORDER
NOTICE
Ready Lane is now operational at Gateway Bridge – Lane 1. For more information go to www.getyouhome.gov. Tune in to AM 1610 for border crossing information.
Brownsville
Los Indios

6 am-Midnight
1/21/2017
4 Lanes Closed Lanes Closed 4 At 10 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
At 10 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brownsville
Veterans International

6 am-Midnight
1/21/2017
4 Lanes Closed At 10 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
4 At 10 am CST
10 min delay
1 lane(s) open
At 10 am CST
10 min delay
2 lane(s) open
At 10 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A
Calexico
East

3 am-Midnight
1/21/2017
3 Lanes Closed Lanes Closed 8 At 8 am PST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
At 8 am PST
no delay
5 lane(s) open
At 8 am PST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
4 At 8 am PST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A
BORDER
NOTICE
BORDER NOTICE – Calexico/East Ready Lane is open west side of port; Passenger Hrs Mon-Fri 3:00AM to Midnight, Sat/Sun 6:00AM to Midnight. Go to www.getyouhome.gov for info. Tune into AM 1610 for border crossing info
Calexico
West

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 10 At 8 am PST
10 min delay
9 lane(s) open
N/A At 8 am PST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
6 At 8 am PST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
At 8 am PST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
Columbus

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
1 Lanes Closed N/A 2 At 8 am MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Del Rio

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
2 At 10 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 6 At 10 am CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
At 10 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A
BORDER
NOTICE
Ready Lane is open from 6AM until MIDNIGHT seven days a week. Ready Lane is on the far left as you approach. Go to www.GetYouHome.gov for more information.
Douglas (Raul Hector Castro)

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
2 Lanes Closed N/A 7 At 8 am MST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
At 8 am MST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
At 8 am MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A
Eagle Pass
Bridge I

7 am-11 pm
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 5 At 7 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
At 7 am CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A
BORDER
NOTICE
Ready Lane is operational from 10AM until 5PM seven days a week. Lane 5 is the Ready Lane. Go to www.getyouhome.gov for more information
Eagle Pass
Bridge II

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
2 Lanes Closed N/A 6 At 7 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
At 7 am CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A
El Paso
Bridge of the Americas (BOTA)

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
6 At 9 am MST
20 min delay
3 lane(s) open
At 9 am MST
10 min delay
1 lane(s) open
14 At 9 am MST
35 min delay
6 lane(s) open
At Noon MST
30 min delay
7 lane(s) open
N/A 4 At 9 am MST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed
BORDER
NOTICE
BOTA Passenger/Ready Lanes is open west side of port; Passenger Hrs 24 hours/7days, BOTA CARGO Mon-FRI 6 am to midnight. SAT 6 am to 4 pm. Tune into AM 1610 for info.
El Paso
Paso Del Norte (PDN)

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 12 At 9 am MST
no delay
4 lane(s) open
At 9 am MST
no delay
4 lane(s) open
N/A 14 At 9 am MST
no delay
4 lane(s) open
At 9 am MST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
BORDER
NOTICE
Ready Lanes are open on the left side (west side) of PDN Bridge from 6am until 10pm. See www.getyouhome.gov for more information. Tune in to AM 1620 for border crossing information.
El Paso
Stanton DCL

6 am- Midnight
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 3 Lanes Closed N/A At 9 am MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
2 Lanes Closed Lanes Closed
BORDER
NOTICE
Be prepared for construction that may cause some delays in the southbound lanes of the Stanton bridge; early January – February. Tune in to AM 1620 for border crossing information.
El Paso
Ysleta

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
8 At Noon MST
40 min delay
4 lane(s) open
At Noon MST
10 min delay
2 lane(s) open
12 At Noon MST
20 min delay
3 lane(s) open
At Noon MST
15 min delay
2 lane(s) open
At Noon MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
3 At Noon MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed
BORDER
NOTICE
YSL Passenger/Ready Lanes is open east side of port; Passenger Hrs 24 hours/7days, YSL CARGO Mon-FRI 6 am to 4 pm. SAT closed. Tune into AM 1610 for info.
Fabens
Tornillo

6 am-10 pm
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 4 At 10 am MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed Lanes Closed 2 At 10 am MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed
Fort Hancock
Fort Hancock

6 am-10 pm
1/21/2016
N/A N/A N/A 2 At 1 pm MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hidalgo/Pharr
Anzalduas International Bridge

6 am-10 pm
1/11/2017
N/A N/A N/A 4 At Noon CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
At Noon CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
Hidalgo/Pharr
Hidalgo

24 hrs/day
1/21/2017
N/A N/A N/A 12 At Noon CST
10 min delay
2 lane(s) open
At Noon CST
no delay
4 lane(s) open
At Noon CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
5 At 2 pm CST
10 min delay
5 lane(s) open
N/A
Hidalgo/Pharr
Pharr

6 am-Midnight
1/21/2017
6 At Noon CST
45 min delay
5 lane(s) open
At Noon CST
30 min delay
1 lane(s) open
6 At Noon CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
At Noon CST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed N/A N/A N/A
Laredo
Bridge I

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
N/A N/A N/A 4 Lanes Closed N/A N/A 9 At 1 pm CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
At 1 pm CST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
Laredo
Bridge II

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
N/A N/A N/A 15 At 1 pm CST
10 min delay
3 lane(s) open
At 1 pm CST
no delay
9 lane(s) open
At 1 pm CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A
BORDER
NOTICE
Ready Lanes are open from 8AM – Midnight seven days a week. Go to www.GetYouHome.gov for more information.
Laredo
Colombia Solidarity

8 am-Midnight
1/11/2017
8 At 1 pm CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
At 1 pm CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
4 At 1 pm CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A At 1 pm CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A
Laredo
World Trade Bridge

8 am-Midnight
1/11/2017
16 At 1 pm CST
50 min delay
10 lane(s) open
At 1 pm CDT
no delay
4 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lukeville

6 am-Midnight
1/11/2016
1 At 1 pm MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 6 At 1 pm MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Naco

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
1 Lanes Closed N/A 2 At 2 pm MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nogales
Deconcini

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
N/A N/A N/A 8 At 1 pm MST
45 min delay
3 lane(s) open
At 1 pm MST
45 min delay
1 lane(s) open
At 1 pm MST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
6 At 1 pm MST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
Lanes Closed
BORDER
NOTICE
Ready Lane is open from 6AM – 10PM seven days a week. Ready Lane is on the left side as you approach the port. Go to www.GetYouHome.gov for more information.
Nogales
Mariposa

6 am-10 pm
1/11/2017
8 At Noon MST
60 min delay
6 lane(s) open
At Noon MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
13 At Noon MST
45 min delay
5 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nogales
Morley Gate

10 am-6 pm
1/11/2017
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 4 At Noon MST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
N/A
Otay Mesa
Commercial

6 am-8 pm
1/11/2017
10 At 11 am PST
15 min delay
7 lane(s) open
At 11 am PST
10 min delay
3 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Otay Mesa
Passenger

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
N/A N/A N/A 13 At 11 am PST
15 min delay
2 lane(s) open
At 11 am PST
no delay
8 lane(s) open
At 11 am PST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
6 At 11 am PST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
At 11 am PST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
BORDER
NOTICE
Entrance to Ready Lanes is on the far left as you approach the border. Go to www.getyouhome.gov for more information Go to www.GetYouHome.gov for more information.
Otay Mesa
Pedestrian Cross Border Express

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 4 At 9 am PST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
At 9 am PST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
Presidio

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
2 At 1 pm CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 4 At 1 pm CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Progreso
Donna International Bridge

6 am-8 pm
1/11/2017
N/A N/A N/A 4 At Noon CST
10 min delay
1 lane(s) open
At Noon CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 4 Lanes Closed N/A
BORDER
NOTICE
Ready Lane is open from 9am until 2pm. Go to www.getyouhome.gov for more information.
Progreso
Progreso International Bridge

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
1 Lanes Closed N/A 5 At 1 pm CST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
N/A N/A 7 At 1 pm CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A
Rio Grande City

7 am-Midnight
1/11/2017
2 At Noon CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 3 At Noon CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Roma

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
1 At 1 pm CST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 4 At 1 pm CST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
San Luis

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
N/A N/A N/A 9 At 11 am MST
60 min delay
3 lane(s) open
At 11 am MST
45 min delay
4 lane(s) open
At 11 am MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
7 At 11 am MST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A
BORDER
NOTICE
A Ready Lane is now open at the San Luis Port of Entry from 6:00 until midnight. Go to www.getyouhome.gov for more information on Ready Lanes. Tune in to AM 530 for border crossing information.
San Luis
San Luis II

9 am-8 pm
1/11/2017
3 At Noon MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
San Ysidro

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
N/A N/A N/A 24 At 6 am PST
25 min delay
4 lane(s) open
At 6 am PST
20 min delay
13 lane(s) open
At 6 am PST
10 min delay
7 lane(s) open
15 At 6 am PST
15 min delay
3 lane(s) open
At 6 am PST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
San Ysidro
PedWest

24 hrs/day
1/11/2017
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 14 At 6 am PST
no delay
5 lane(s) open
At 6 am PST
no delay
3 lane(s) open
Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa Port of Entry

6 am-Midnight
1/11/2017
3 At Noon MST
15 min delay
1 lane(s) open
At Noon MST
10 min delay
1 lane(s) open
4 At Noon MST
12 min delay
1 lane(s) open
At Noon MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A 2 At Noon MST
no delay
1 lane(s) open
N/A
Tecate

5 am-11 pm
1/11/2017
2 At 10 am PST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A 2 At 10 am PST
10 min delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A N/A 2 At 10 am PST
no delay
2 lane(s) open
N/A

 

Source:(http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/)

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