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Office of Biometric Identity Management Biometric Procedures: Applicability to Mexican Citizens

  • Most Mexican citizens who travel to and from the United States regularly use a multi-use travel document, B1/B2 visa/Border Crossing Card (BCC), also known as a “laser visa,” which serves as either a BCC or a B1/B2 visa. Initially, these Mexican citizens who use the travel document only as a BCC will not be subject to Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), formerly US-VISIT, procedures. This is an interim solution for the land border while the Department explores a long-term solution to record the entry and exit of visitors crossing our land border ports of entry.
  • Currently, if a Mexican citizen chooses to use the BCC as a B1/B2 visa (traveling outside the “border zone” and/or staying longer than 30 days in the United States), he or she must complete a Form I-94 and then be processed through OBIM in secondary inspection areas at the land border ports of entry at that time.
  • Multiple-entry Form I-94s will continue to be issued as before. All current, valid Forms I-94 remain in effect and the OBIM biometric collection requirements will apply either at the time of the next issuance of the Form I-94 or at any time at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection Officer.
  • Children under 14 and people over the age of 79 are exempt.

Note: Customs and Border Protection Officers always have the discretion to refer a visitor for OBIM processing as part of the inspections process if there is a concern about the nature of travel.

Last Published Date: May 1, 2013
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