DHS deploys U.S. Visit at major land entry points

DHS deploys U.S. Visit at major land entry points

The Homeland Security Department has rolled out its virtual border system at the 50 busiest land crossings into the United States, meeting its deadline for doing so by the end of the year.

The U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology system went live at all 50 land border crossings on Wednesday, Dec. 29, after a phased rollout period, a DHS spokeswoman said.

'The rollout has gone very smoothly,' spokeswoman Kimberly Weissman said.

U.S. Visit program personnel started the rollout with three pilots in mid-November and implemented additional sites throughout this month.

'Next year, we will roll out U.S. Visit to the remaining 115 land ports of entry,' Weissman said.

DHS officials have enhanced the U.S. Visit system by eliminating the need for foreign travelers entering at land borders to fill out I-94 forms containing biographical information. Border inspection workers enter data from travelers' documents, such as passports and identification cards, into the system by swiping them through automated readers at the point of entry, Weissman said. Air travelers continue to fill out I-94 forms, she said.

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