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DHS ELIMINATES PAPER FORM FOR VISA WAIVER COUNTRIES…

Posted on 21 May 2010

 The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday announced the elimination of the paper arrival/departure form (I-94W) for authorized travelers from nations participating in the Visa Waiver Program, a move DHS says will streamline secure travel for millions of visitors to the U.S. every year by consolidating the collection of traveler information and enhancing security by automatically providing DHS with important passenger information prior to departure. The move follows a successful seven-month pilot program conducted with the support of the Government of New Zealand on Air New Zealand flights from Auckland to Los Angeles International Airport

The elimination of the paper I-94W form enables travelers to provide basic biographical, travel and eligibility information automatically through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization prior to departure for the U.S. The U.S. Travel Association hailed the announcement, saying the move will help reduce confusion and increase the speed of processing for millions of visitors to the U.S.

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