Nationwide Environmental Assessment US-VISIT Implementation at Passenger Cruise Ship Ports of Entry   [open pdf - 4MB]

"The primary goals of the US-VISIT Program are to: secure our nation; ensure the integrity of the immigration system; facilitate legitimate travel and commerce; strengthen international cooperation; and respect U.S. privacy laws and policies. As part of this effort, US-VISIT will provide government officials with specific information about who is entering the country and who is staying past their period of authorized admission. To this end, DHS, through its US-VISIT Program, is proposing (Proposed Action) to modify both entry and exit processing of Non-Immigrant Visa holders (NIV) at fifteen (15) passenger cruise ship terminals (Table 5-1). The Proposed Action will include a new arrival and departure process for twelve (12) of the fifteen (15) passenger cruise ship terminals and a new pre-inspection arrival process for three (3) terminals located in British Columbia, Canada. As capability increases, these procedures may be expanded to include additional foreign traveler groups, but the overall technology and process will remain the same during initial deployment at the passenger cruise ship terminals. In addition, cargo terminals were not evaluated in this Environmental Assessment (EA) due to the functional differences in processing passengers and cargo at these terminals. In addition to the biographical information already captured through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrival inspections and the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) submission by the sea carriers, the US-VISIT program is proposing to collect biometric information for NIVs entering and exiting the U.S. through passenger cruise ship terminals, beginning in early January 2004."

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